Tennis superstar Serena Williams is on the cover of Vanity Fair in an image that speaks volumes to her strength—and her beauty.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner is naked, holding her pregnant belly, her hair flowing behind her shoulders, her face in profile.
The pose is a throwback to the famed Demi Moore cover of the early 90s—except this time the overwhelming feeling is: power.
In the accompanying interview, Williams, 35, recalls the moment she found out that she and fiance, Alexis Ohanian, 34, the co-founder of Reddit, were expecting a baby.
“I did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped,” she told Vanity Fair. The news came only days before she was set to compete in—no, win—the Australian Open.
Williams was in Melbourne last January, preparing for the Australian Open, when she felt her body was different. She was missing backhands, she had thrown up unexpectedly, and her breasts were enlarged.
Williams guessed it might be hormonal but pregnancy never entered her mind. It was her friend Jessica Steindorff who convinced her to take a test.
Williams replied: “I’ll take it just because a) to prove you wrong, and b) because it’s fun, whatever. It’s like a joke. Why not?”
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 27, 2017