Serena Williams To Receive The Fashion Icon Award

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 25: Honoree Serena Williams accepts the Jackie Robinson Sports Award onstage during the 54th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 25, 2023 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams is a tennis legend, mother of two, and an upcoming fashion icon!

It was announced on Oct. 11 that the 23-time Grand Slam Tennis champion will become the first athlete to receive CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award.

This honor has previously been awarded to Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, Zendaya, Naomi Campbell, and Rihanna.

In a statement about the award, Williams said, “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve used fashion as an outlet to express myself. I have had so much fun learning my style and allowing it to change as my life has evolved.”

She continued, “I’ve always held one thing true — fashion is for everyone, no matter your size, race, or income. I am incredibly honored to be receiving the prestigious Fashion Icon award from the CFDA, an organization whose work I have long admired, and to stand among style icons I have always looked up to.” 

When news of Williams’ forthcoming milestone reached The Neighborhood Talk’s Instagram page, many fans voiced their confusion, suggesting that the tennis player hasn’t made many memorable fashion statements. 

“Who’s on the committee? This isn’t shade towards her; she is a legend in many other ways. But fashion? No…..”

“Maybe there’s a mix up…”

“I love her don’t get me wrong but I’ve never once in my life noticed what she was wearing I figured it was Nike or Adidas.”

“Maybe they were talking about her tennis outfits ?watch y’all mouth about the greatest tennis player to ever live tho.”

“She’s def not fashion! Yes she’s a black wealthy woman but fashion isn’t everybody! Cap a– world.”

For those in question, the 42-old year old has had her own clothing since 2018, S by Serena. The brand celebrates women who “break limits, boundaries and tradition”.

The awards ceremony, presented by Amazon, is set to take place on Nov. 6, 2023, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, with actress Sarah Jessica Parker as host.