Tennis superstar and world’s greatest athlete Serena Williams graces the cover of August’s Vanity Fair naked and pregnant. Of course, people are responding.
Williams and the magazine tweeted out the cover, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Tuesday morning, asking Twitter whether they think it’s a boy or a girl.
She is set to have a baby with her fiance, co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian.
Many praised the cover, calling it “powerful” and “breathtaking.” It also bears resemblance with the famous Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover, where the actress also posed naked and pregnant.
– Cyn Santana (@Cyn_Santana) June 27, 2017
– Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 27, 2017
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However, the cover has an added message. Many see it as a response to comments made over the weekend that undermined her achievements.
The photo shoot comes after former tennis great John McEnroe’s weekend interview with NPR, claiming that she’d only “rank like 700 in the world” if she competed against men.
“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” tweeted Williams.
Because of this timing, many people used the photo reveal as additional evidence to support Williams’ excellence. Not only is she the best tennis player around, but she won a recent tournament — the Australian Open — while pregnant.