Let’s be honest. If I had any chance of looking as good as Serena Williams does on the latest Vanity Fair cover, I’d consider getting knocked up tomorrow.
So while I applaud Williams for showing off her uber fab, chiseled-with-child bod, I can’t help but being angry with how this beautiful Annie Leibovitz photo is more than just a portrait of a high-profile pregnancy, but Williams’ sultry response to haters who constantly question her femininity.
Well, this photo should end the discussion. In it she’s cupping her breast and unapologetically wearing a chocolate-nude thong and a silver chain under her bump. Can there be an image more powerfully feminine than this?
I think not.
That said, even as Williams relishes her undeniable womanliness, people can still find a way to throw this amazing athlete gallons of unnecessary shade.
Enter John McEnroe, who on Sunday while promoting his new book, But Seriously, dared to say in an interview with NPR that if Williams “played in the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world,” suggesting that he could beat her.
Why would Williams ever play on the men’s circuit? Williams is all woman. Forget about McEnroe’s universal diss of female athletes. Knowing the sensitive history of Williams on this topic, McEnroe’s statement was unprofessional, ignorant, uncalled for, and flat out whack. Something tells me McEnroe wouldn’t say the same thing about Maria Sharapova.
Williams, unfortunately, is not alone when it comes to female celebrities having to use their pregnancy to make a point.
Demi Moore’s groundbreaking pregnant belly photo, also taken by Leibovitz, was the first of its kind to show the world that pregnancy was something to behold, not hide. Beyonce, who reportedly recently gave birth to twins, found herself in the peculiar predicament where her pregnancy photos became a statement to the world of, “yes, I can indeed get pregnant.” Even Janet Jackson’s very public pregnancy and birth was a dismissal of age limitations.
Serena’s response to McEnroe was almost as superb as the Vanity Fair cover. On Monday night she tweeted that 60-year-old McEnroe might respect her privacy. She was having a baby.
In short, Williams ain’t got time for this.
And neither should we.