Tennis champion, Serena Williams is the star of Essence’s September issue, also known as its Global Fashion Issue, which “takes audiences on a world tour of Black creatives from fashion and art to culture and business,” according to a release touting that next month’s issue is “featuring designers from Lagos to New York City.”
Williams’ face is half-painted by famed Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Laolu Senbanjo and captured by photographer Kwaku Alston for the September cover and feature story, titled “The Future of Serena Williams.”
The entrepreneur and venture capitalist hinted us on her plans to take on the fashion world next. Last year, she launched her own fashion line – Serena. In her word: “I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do, that I always dreamt of doing. I went to fashion school back in the early 2000s. This was something that just didn’t pop up for me.”
The chief content and creative officer of Essence magazine, MoAna Luu revealed their excitement to have Serena Williams as the muse for their September 2019 edition. “This issue promises to be one of ESSENCE’s biggest with a fresh new redesign. We also brought the best Black creatives in the world including Nigerian visual artist Laolu Sebanjo, who gave us Serena’s stunning face painting for the cover to present all of the stunning visuals that you see”
Serena Williams is just one great woman to look forward to in the newly redesigned September issue, which also marks the debut of Essence’s Black Fashion Awards, “recognizing game changers moving fashion forward through design, photography, styling, modeling and more.
By: Dammy Eneli