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Serena Williams Wins Straight Style Sets at the US Open

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Serena Williams was banned from wearing a catsuit at the French Open despite it being designed to aid the prevention of the blood clots that have plagued her since the birth of her daughter.  However, never one to be defeated, at the US Open tennis' heroine came back with a sartorial vengeance and donned a tutu.

Gone are the neat pleats and clean whites of tennis skirts past, and in are fun layers of tulle and asymmetric sleeves in an important statement made yet more praiseworthy by the fact Williams' tutus were designed by Off White's Virgil Abloh.


But these tutus are far more than just an outfit that Williams wears to play her sport; after being denied the agency to wear not only what she feels good in, but also what keeps her safe and healthy, by the president of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli, the momentousness of Williams' decision to step onto the court in another unconventional outfit must not be ignored.  

willing to design dresses for her for life.

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These tutus are yet another example of her refusal to conform to stereotypes and her willingness to challenge expectations; she is one of the best athletes of all time and, despite living in a world which often likes to portray women as dainty and meek, throughout her career she has refused to downplay her strength and tenacity.  

Twirling into Friday!! _ @usopen #usopen

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Her decision to wear a tutu makes the important statement that that which is typically feminine must not automatically come with connotations of fragility, frivolity, and docility; when one of the most powerful people in the world is wearing one, how can a tutu be seen as anything but a symbol of fortitude?  In a sport laden with tradition, Williams is the revolution we need, and we can only hope that as time goes on more and more young women will follow her lead and fill tennis courts around the world with catsuits, tutus, and anything else they want to play in.

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