This cover is amazing; I love it. I want to frame it, and hang it in my home. Serena could use this to sell beauty products (or, frankly, hats). It’s GREAT.
The interview is also excellent, and some of that is because Serena is a great interview subject (some celebs won’t give you anything, but Serena is always just herself), and some of it is because, as I’ve noted before, EIC of InStyle Laura Brown is a good interviewer, and interviewing people is a proper skill. But it’s fun — Serena calls Kate Middleton a badass (this is the Badass Issue) and I hope she also said that to Kate over cocktails at Meghan and Harry’s wedding reception, about which she also chats. All I want is for Serena and Kate and Venus and Meghan to become friends who play highly competitive doubles matches on the weekends (obviously, it cannot be the Williamses v. the Cambridge-Sussexes, or the royal ladies, despite being decent amateur players, will be destroyed). Beyond all that pull-quoteable royals stuff, though, Serena is just my favorite:
LB: So as you’re the first cover of the Badass issue, what are your tips for being a badass woman?
SW: You have to be confident. Someone who’s a badass is incredibly confident and unapologetically herself. And she doesn’t care what anyone else says—but in a positive, not a negative, way. It’s more like standing up for yourself and others. The whole #MeToo movement, those women are badass. They’re not afraid to say what’s wrong and what affected them.
LB: When is the first time you remember being unapologetic?
SW: That’s a good question. I don’t know. It took me a while because I’ve faced so much criticism, whether it was about my body or something else—it was always something. I always felt like I had to be softer or apologize, kind of indirectly, for who I am. And I don’t know when it happened, but something changed. I just became who I am and realized there’s nothing wrong with me. I understand who I am. I’m the most impatient person [laughs]. I’m like, “Now, now, now, now, now!” So I know there’s some room for improvement.
LB: What would you say to girls who don’t really feel they have a voice? How would you tell them to be a badass in their family and their community?
SW: Being a girl is not easy—in some areas especially. You have to be really brave. And I realize I am saying this from the United States, so I have an opportunity to speak more than the next person—I’m saying that with the understanding that maybe they can’t. It’s really just about being aware and educating yourself so you can help other people be aware. Once you do that, even if you reach one person, that’s more than none.