Some people still get very bothered by what Serena Williams wears on the tennis court. Yesterday at the French Open, Serena won her first grand slam match since giving birth to her daughter eight months ago, and she did it while wearing what appeared to be a black catsuit.
Serena’s black full-length suit was made by Nike and sort of looked like what you might see at a high-fashion superhero costume showroom.
Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!! pic.twitter.com/xXb3BKDGNF
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 29, 2018
I’m all for a catsuit, regardless of the occasion, but some people wondered why she wore it. According to The Guardian, Serena explained yesterday after her match that it was made specifically to help protect her postpartum body against blood clots. I’m guessing it works the same way those beige granny compression stockings work that my doctor is always telling me to wear on an airplane.
Serena wore a tight black suit while competing in the US Open in 2002, and she called yesterday’s catsuit her “2.0 version.”
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves.”
And the comparison to a superhero suit is no coincidence.
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit. We designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that. Williams said she feels “like a warrior princess, kind of” when she wears the outfit. “I’m always living in a fantasy world. I always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”
If Serena sees herself as a superhero, then I guess that technically makes Maria Sharipova her arch villain? I kind of hope Maria leans into that and shows up at their next showdown in a villainous dark purple catsuit, complete with dramatic full-length gloves and a pleather mask. Plus, she can always blame the mask for limiting her vision when she inevitably loses.