Twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner, Serena Williams, is the star of the August 2019 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, and both the cover shot and the images inside the magazine are entirely unretouched.
“To celebrate the strength and beauty of women in their most authentic states, Harper’s Bazaar produced all of the stories in their feature well without any airbrushing at all,” a spokesperson for the magazine told INSIDER.
The striking photos – which accompany a powerful essay written by Williams – were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
Swathed in glimmering gold in every shot, Williams looks every inch a queen.
In the cover shot, the 37-year-old wears a Stella McCartney gown and Tiffany & Co. earrings and necklace.
Meanwhile, Williams wore a Ralph Lauren cape and Christian Louboutin sandals for the shot above.
She posted another shot on her Instagram (curiously while she was playing a match at Wimbledon) in which she’s seen in a Tom Ford dress.
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I’m proud to use my voice and words to share an essay on the raw feelings I had during a match we may all remember. The essay and unretouched photos are live on @harpersbazaarus. Link in bio. Photographed by @alexilubomirski Hair by @vernonfrancois Makeup by @tyronmachhausen Styling by @menamorado
Both Williams and the magazine have been widely praised for not airbrushing the photos.
“Brilliant. Brave. Bold. You are an inspiration,” writer Elaine Welteroth commented on Instagram.
“Always an inspiration. Not only for athletes, for all women. THANK YOU,” added actor Cecilia Suárez.
“AND UNRETOUCHED PHOTOS. Thank you, sis! You make SUCH a difference in the world in ways we cannot even respect yet!” wrote another fan.
“Unretouched FTW!!! Thank you! Can’t wait to show these to my daughter,” said activist Sally Kohn.