On Monday, Sports Illustrated announced Serena Williams as the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, making her the first woman to win (alone) since 1983, when runner Mary Decker took the prize. She is just the third women’s tennis player to claim the prestigious award after Chris Evert (1976) and Billie Jean King (1972).
Serena posed for fierce and thought-provoking photos in the magazine, adding her own unique input into the shoot. Her goal was to create the visual embodiment of power and femininity.
In the fearless cover shot, Serena bares her legs in a black, Beyoncé-esque leotard with long lace sleeves and chest detailing, paired with pointed-toe stilettos. She fiercely stares out from the page atop a golden throne, daring the viewer to question her title.
On Tuesday night, she made another statement on red carpet, accepting the Sportsperson of the Year award in New York City alongside her family. Venus Williams dazzled in a deep purple dress designed by Serena, but the woman of the night stole the show once again. Serena wore a floor-length black gown with a sheer bustier top, accented by edgy thin straps and lace designs.