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Serena Williams Owns The Court In A Custom Black Tutu Days After The Controversial Banning Of Her Catsuit Because She Can't Be Stopped

What’s the bet the French Open officials have an opinion on this outfit too?

All hail Serena Williams for being a beacon of empowerment, fierceness, and all round excellence both on and off the court.

After the French Open idiots officials showed off some their blatant prejudice and banned the superhero-style catsuit that the Williams wore back in May, she took the high road. Even though she literally wore the suit for medical reasons.

At least the rest of us had no qualms about outright condemning the ban.

Judging by the absolutely fierce outfit that Serena Williams just rocked for her comeback US Open match, I think it’s safe to say that the Tennis champion does not care to abide by any boring, restrictive dress code.

Williams has once again brought a unique flair to her Grand Slam outfit after stepping out in a custom black tutu look that gave her game some serious elegance and drama.

And she won, by the way.

The stylish one-shoulder black tennis dress with the ballerina-esque skirt was designed by Williams in collaboration with Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh for Nike’s ‘Queen’ collection.

Plus she rocked a tennis bag sporting the label “AKA QUEEN”, just in case you didn’t get the picture. Serena Williams is a queen.

Just when you thought that watching Serena Williams play tennis couldn’t get any better, she brought this skirt into the mix and turned the whole game into a damn beautiful modern dance performance.

This is what power looks like.

While the French Open officials are probably crying tears of loss for the yonder years of tennis when all the women just did as they were told in tight mini skirts, the rest of us are keen as hell to see more of Serena Williams’ epic Grand Slam outfits.

Winning never looked so good.

Tennis Champion Roger Federer Breaks Up With Nike For Uniqlo And It's Making Us Emotional

Federer stepped out onto the court at Wimbledon with no swoosh in sight and it hurt my soul.

On Monday the 20-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Roger Federer confirmed that his long-time partnership with Nike is over.

He arrived to the Wimbledon court repping Uniqlo as the perhaps indulgently theatrical way of announcing the change, and honestly it just feels so wrong.

Part of what makes it feel so uncomfortable is that the Japanese mass retailer isn’t even a sports brand. What’s going on???

I know it shouldn’t matter as much as it feels like it does but this is a dySTOPIA:

Federer has been sporting the Nike apparel for as long as I can remember, and for fans that’s a core part both his identity and the brand’s identity.

Honestly, Federer not wearing Nike has instantly devalued all the Nike that I own because they’ve lost a hero in their ranks. If Federer isn’t wearing Nike than why am I?

It speaks volumes to the importance of a good endorsement and they’ve just lost a GREAT one.

Me when I see Fed in Uniqlo.

Federer has been with Nike for 21 years, but his contract was up and Nike wouldn’t match Uniqlo’s offer for triple his Nike pay. I mean sure, $300 million over 10 years is great Fed but remember all the good times you had wearing Nike???

Why does this feel like losing a piece of history?

What’s happening with the iconic Roger Federer ‘RF’ logo is still up in the air, which is causing a substantial amount of distress I’m not going to lie to you.

The RF logo is still owned by Nike and it’s what all the fans wear to support Federer. But now Federer can’t wear it. You see the problem.

Federer assured fans that “The RF logo is with Nike at the moment, but it will come to me at some point.”

“I hope rather sooner than later that Nike can be nice and helpful in the process to bring it over to me. It’s also something that was very important for me, for the fans really.”

Me begging for the RF logo to be handed over.

Anyway, I’m sure Federer had his reasons because I trust him and everything, but I do wish that he’d given us a heads up at least because I wasn’t properly prepared to deal with the emotional crisis of grieving.

This is definitely going to take some adjusting.

Seeing Pregnant Women Being Pregnant And Excelling At Work Is Finally Confirming That It's Not A Death Sentence For Your Career

The age-old misconception that mothers must be mothers and mothers only is getting buried, one high-profile pregnancy at a time.

In the march towards women’s rights, people with a celebrity platform have the power to shape conversations and change perceptions.

The very public pregnancies of powerful women like Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Cardi B and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern make the case loud and clear that we can be both mothers and workers.

For a world that that has yet to shed the weight of archaic gender roles, seeing pregnancy anywhere except inside the home is still strangely transgressive.

Discrimination against women in the workplace is still rife in Australia (as everywhere), with about half of working mothers facing discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave or their return to work.

This week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made headlines and history after giving birth to a baby girl, making her the second world leader in modern history to give birth while in office.

During the election Ardern drew attention for denouncing interviewers who probed about whether she planned to have children if elected, saying it’s “unacceptable” to ask any woman if motherhood will interfere with work or vice versa.

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From the public announcement of her pregnancy to the public announcement of her daughter’s birth, Ardern has been completely unapologetic about choosing to have both a family and a career.

“I am not the first woman to multitask,” she said earlier this year in an interview with Radio New Zealand. “I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before.”

The representation of those women from these platforms of power brings the world closer to accepting that women absolutely can do it all, if that’s their choice.

Another woman that has very openly embraced pregnancy and motherhood into her path to success is Cardi B.

The sudden take off of Cardi B’s music career has made her one of the biggest and most beloved celebrities in the world, and she has been adamant that having her baby will not slow her down or puncture her rising stardom.

Not only is Cardi B defiantly career-driven while pregnant, she’s also defiantly sexy. She revealed her pregnancy by performing on Saturday Night Live in a custom Christian Siriano dress that showed off all her curves, including her very prominent baby bump.

The right to be sexual is something society traditionally strips away from pregnant women, but Cardi continues to perform her iconically sex-positive raps on stage and be her same damn self while with child. Because hell yes we can.

Serena Williams is another cultural icon whose pregnancy became an international symbol of female strength. The tennis star made waves after revealing that she had won the 2017 Australian Open while several months pregnant, without so much as dropping a set.

Then we of course have Beyoncé, who has folded motherhood into her godlike image – from her iconic pregnancy announcements to performing on stage at the 2017 Grammys looking like a goddess with child.

Queen Bey has made a clear representation of pregnancy as something worthy of worship and respect and that makes an impact.

The list of powerful women putting motherhood in the spotlight goes on, and includes brave mothers like former Australian Senator Larissa Waters – who was the first person to breastfeed in Federal Parliament.

Their boldness is changing perspectives and moving us forward.

While seeing prominent women continue to excel as mothers demonstrates the incredible strength and resilience of mothers, the flipside is that this can feel like a very high bar set for others to multitask motherhood and work. So it’s important to remember that while women can work and parent, they don’t have to.

Pregnancy and motherhood is already a lot to take on board and even more so depending on the relative privilege of the family. Not everyone has the opportunity to choose both work and parenting.

Obviously not you, Kourtney.

But overall, having high profile women show the world that we can be both mothers and our own people benefits us all. Bit by bit, we’re burying the notion that becoming a mother makes you weaker, and acknowledging the undeniable strength of women, and the power to choose how we manage motherhood as just one part of who we are and what we do.

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