Serena Williams boldly went where a lot of other pregnant women have gone before. The trailblazer on the tennis court followed in the footsteps of Demi Moore — and others including Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Cindy Crawford, and more — by appearing unclothed for the cover of a magazine and showing off her bare baby bump.
Each celebrity before the 35-year-old athlete added their own personal touches to the near commonplace shoot such as a leather jacket, draped sheet, flowers, or unique pose. As for Williams, who’s on the August cover of Vanity Fair, she went with a body chain around her waist, a stupendous ponytail, and her buff body.
In the feature story that accompanies the Annie Leibovitz-lensed photographs, Williams admits, “If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast.”
However, for someone who said that her pregnancy “just doesn’t seem real,” she surely looks comfortable basking in it.
Serena Williams on the cover of Vanity Fair, 2017
Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair, 1991
Beyoncé in her own personal photo shoot that she posted to Instagram, 2017 (Photo: @beyonce/Instagram)
Blac Chyna on the cover of Paper, 2017
Natalie Portman in Vanity Fair, 2017
Kourtney Kardashian for DuJour, 2014.
Cindy Crawford on the cover of W, 1999
Brooke Shields on the cover of Vogue, 2003
Monica Bellucci on the cover of Vanity Fair Italy, 2004
Britney Spears on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, 2006
Alicia Keys with a painted belly on Instagram, 2014
Christina Aguilera on the cover of Marie Claire, 2008
Claudia Schiffer on the cover of Vogue Germany, 2010
Paula Patton on the cover of Ebony, 2010
Mariah Carey on the cover of Life & Style Weekly, 2011
Nia Long on the cover of Ebony, 2011
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Julia Restoin Roitfeld on the cover of i-D, 2012
Jessica Simpson on the cover of Elle, 2012
Megan Gale on the cover of Marie Claire Australia, 2014