ICYMI: The French Tennis Federation chief Bernard Giudicelli announced a very strict dress code for the 2019 French Open and Serena’s one-piece catsuit that was worn to prevent blood clots will be banned going forward. He felt that her look went too far, and said, “One must respect the game and the place,” during his interview with Tennis magazine.
Serena was unbothered by the new rules and stated that she has since found other methods or encouraging blood circulation, and, “when it comes to fashion you don't want to be a repeat offender.” That’s right, this Queen isn’t going to let new rules dim her light.
In fact, she debuted a black one-sleeve tutu dress at the U.S. Open last night at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. Everyone was waiting with anticipation to see what she was going to wear, and Serena did not disappoint. The dress is a part of the Off-White collection that Virgil Abloh designed for her. Sis won last night’s match in major style.
This isn’t the first-time Black women have been singled out and were made to feel they were doing too much for their choice of athletic uniforms.
Track and field Olympic gold medalist Florence “Flo Jo” Griffith Joyner was the fastest gold medalist in the world back in 1988 -- and was also the most stylish. She wore long nails and competed in her signature one-pant leg uniform and was condemned for it.
Figure skater Debi Thomas competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in a black two-piece short-set. After her performance, the International Skating Union put a temporary ban on costumes without skirts, which has since been lifted.
It’s 2018, why are we still talking about what women can wear to compete in sports? We should be way past that by now.
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