Serena Williams Debuts a New Ombre Hair Color at the 'Sports Illustrated' Party

Serena Williams, goddess, nabbed the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2019 Fashionable 50 issue. and attended the party last night looking gorgeous with a new 'do.

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Serena Williams, goddess, nabbed the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2019 Fashionable 50 issue (opens in new tab) (what, you were surprised??) and attended the party last night looking terribly gorgeous, per usual. But my favorite part might be her new hairstyle and color: long, gorgeous, golden, ombre waves, done by Vernon Francois (opens in new tab), that I am totally in love with. 

To complete the new lewk, Serena paired a simple patent skirt with white tank top and chunky jewelry (Lora Arellano (opens in new tab) was her makeup artist, per Instagram). Serena provided a few Insta Stories of the night, including a few videos with stylist Kesha McLeod (opens in new tab). She also modeled in front of a giant reproduction of her cover, because when you're an icon, you can totally do that. Here's a look at the full outfit:

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Here's a closeup of her new 'do:

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And, for context, this was her color just last week at Wimbledon:

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Serena's also thinking about her fashion future. In the Sports Illustrated interview (opens in new tab), Serena said, "For me, it’s important to have something beyond tennis because I have always planned on it...My dad was like, You can’t just play tennis forever, even though I kind of have."

"I have this whole big vision of what S by Serena is going to be," she said.

"My whole career has been really about tennis and fashion. I always try to make a statement when I walk out on the court—to be bold and to be unique and to kind of transcend. I always try to send the message of just being confident and being fierce," she added.

When she played at Wimbledon this year, Serena wore a particularly special "broosh," (opens in new tab) combining the iconic Nike logo with 34 Swarovski crystals to represent the age she was when she last won the tournament. And she defied catsuit critics at the French Open (opens in new tab) by wearing an empowering cape with words like "Queen," "Champion," and "Mother" on it. AND her Sports Illustrated cover is really just the fire emoji personified:

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So she's absolutely killing it (tennis-wise and fashion-wise) lately.

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Katherine J. Igoe

Katherine’s a Boston-based contributor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle—from “Clueless” to Everlane to news about Lizzo. She’s been a freelancer for 11 years and has had roles with Cosmopolitan and Bustle, with bylines in Parents, Seventeen, and elsewhere. It’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.