Also providing her with support was Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who not only sat front-row at
the show, but has also helped Williams find her voice as a designer. “Anna has
been such a huge influence in particular,” she says. “Her critiques are always
so important to me. She is someone you really respect in fashion.”
Besides, “I can’t have Anna Wintour sitting in the front row
saying, ‘This doesn’t look good,’” Williams says.
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While she and her sister were once criticized for not
focusing enough on tennis and spending too much time involved in acting and
interior design, among other ventures, there’s no doubting that Williams can
manage both, especially as she looks to her future in the sport.
“I know I have been playing forever, but one of these days,
I’m not going to play,” Williams says, knowing that she has the validation and
discipline to pursue other ventures full-time.
“It’s great, especially when you don’t win the U.S. Open,”
Williams says with a laugh.