After stunning SI cover shot, Serena Williams dazzles on the red carpet of the Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony

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On Monday, Sports Illustrated announced Serena Williams as the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, making her the first woman to win (alone) since 1983, when runner Mary Decker took the prize. She is just the third women’s tennis player to claim the prestigious award after Chris Evert (1976) and Billie Jean King (1972).

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Serena posed for fierce and thought-provoking photos in the magazine, adding her own unique input into the shoot. Her goal was to create the visual embodiment of power and femininity.


In the fearless cover shot, Serena bares her legs in a black, Beyoncé-esque leotard with long lace sleeves and chest detailing, paired with pointed-toe stilettos. She fiercely stares out from the page atop a golden throne, daring the viewer to question her title.

On Tuesday night, she made another statement on red carpet, accepting the Sportsperson of the Year award in New York City alongside her family. Venus Williams dazzled in a deep purple dress designed by Serena, but the woman of the night stole the show once again. Serena wore a floor-length black gown with a sheer bustier top, accented by edgy thin straps and lace designs.

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Once again, Serena was at the top of her game, but this time she traded her tennis shoes for red-carpet-worthy heels on her special night. (photos: @BenRothenberg,, @SI_Tennis)


  1. Congratulations, Serena, you deserved it. Yet A lot of Americans were upset because a poll of the nominees, which included Usain Bolt, Jordan Spieth , Novak Djokovic, Ronda Rowsey, a gymnast (can’t think of her name) and several others including the Triple crown winning horse, American Pharoah, had this horse winning in a landslide. A lot of people wanted a horse? to win sportsperson of the year? Go figure!

  2. She really deserves it. For me, she’s definitely the GOAT for women’s tennis. She made a lot of firsts! Hoping Serena would break more records in 2016! She’s such an inspiration!


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