One month after drawing worldwide headlines for wearing a now-infamous Moulin Rouge outfit at the French Open, the American tennis star debuted a Tina Turner-inspired white, fringed tennis skirt in her first-round victory at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon.
The dress is part of Williams’ clothing line “EleVen”, which is named in honor of the address of her childhood home in Compton, Calif.
It’s a vast improvement over the French Open get-up, as it manages to be both simple and fun at the same time. The other one seemed forced, like it was designed to get attention. (In which case: mission accomplished.)
Venus said in a postmatch interview that she got the inspiration for the frills from the “What’s Love Got To Do With It” singer:
I love her. I love Tina Turner. Obviously, she’s just an amazing, amazing artist, just a survivor. She reinvented herself. Plus she looks great. I’ve loved her forever. So the dress is really inspired by her.
Come to think of it, the can-can dress was sort of Tina Turner inspired too, albeit from her “Mad Max” days not the “Private Dancer” ones.
Venus defeated Rossana De Los Rios 6-3, 6-2. She will play Ekaterina Makarova in Wednesday’s second round.
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