Attendees at the New York Fashion Week were in for a beautiful surprise when ace tennis player Serena Williams recited a powerful poem on women as models walked the ramp for her Serena Williams Signature Statement collection for HSN on September 12.
“She turns her disappointment into triumph.
Her grief into joy.
Her rejections into approvals.
If no one believes in her it does not matter.
She believes in herself.
Nothing stops her.
No one can touch her.
She is woman,” she recited.
Williams also sang her friend Beyonce’s song ‘Lemonade’ as the background music for all the women .
Reportedly, she wrote the poem after Wimbledon, and while the Olympics were going on, when a reporter asked her how she feels about being the best athlete ever. “It was right around the time I was asked, ‘How do you feel about being the greatest female athlete?’ and I was, like, they never ask men that. I wanted to give women strength,” she told the Associated Press.
Williams has imbibed the idea of empowering women in her collection as well with soft faux shearling, feminine black lace, ivories, touches of soft stretchy leather and classic wool maxi coats in grey and black.
To cheer sitting in the first row of her show as she recited the poem were her sister Venus Williams, Anna Wintour and Iris Apfel.
“We give each other confidence, so if your sister likes it you know it’s going to be OK. Your sister always tells you the truth. We definitely help each other out and give suggestions. And that’s the way sisters should be,” Venus told AP.
While the video of Williams reciting the poem hasn’t reached the Internet yet, you can hear her recite “Still I rise” by Maya Angelou.
Did it give you goosebumps?