Serena Williams’ Iconic Anne Leibovitz Demi Moore Do-Over. Meh.

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I’m not jealous that the same media conglomerate that owns Reddit, (Conde Naste) owns Vanity Fair and the latter got an exclusive feature on Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian‘s love story.

I’m not annoyed that the author, Buzz Bissinger, goes a little bit overboard to ram it down our throats that the article is a “love story.” I think he mentioned the phrase “love story” like 50 times!


I’m not peeved that the wonderfully talented and famed photographer Anne Lebowitz was bestowed the honor of doing Williams’ maternity shoot even as we were pumping up our pick in another post.

I am not even fermuxed that the author tried to pump up Columbia, Maryland, where Alexis was raised as some famous planned community when as a native Marylander, I know it’s not that big a deal but hey, we gotta hype him up too.

I am not miffed that the magazine chose to have her do yet another take of Demi Moore’s iconic cover because, by this point, it has been overdone to the point that it is a cliche and I think Serena deserves more, more authenticity and more uniqueness and something more fitting.

ok. I lied. Maybe I am all those things. Jealous. Annoyed. Peeved. Fermuxed. Miffed.

Well, you don’t have to let my grudge stop you from heading over to Vanity Fair and checking out.

You will learn that the Tennis champ took a pregnancy test to prove a friend wrong and that her vomiting, fatigue and swollen breast meant nothing. Nothing at all.

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You’ll discover that Williams took several more after and eventually, presented them all in a brown bag to Ohanian a day before the start of the Australian Open (which she won) and you’ll see Ohanian described as a science geek, an Ivy League Law school dropout, who didn’t watch one tennis match before dating Williams.

You’ll get the context of my fave part:

The day of his birthday, April 24, Alexis went to the Carousel Restaurant in Little Armenia in Los Angeles with his grandparents. Serena and he FaceTimed. She was calling to say happy birthday, which might not sound like a big deal but was because she is a Jehovah’s Witness and part of the religion is not to celebrate birthdays. She was doing something she normally would not do, reaching beyond, telling him on the phone how wonderful their lives together had been.

Alexis knew then he wanted to marry her, not simply out of happiness or compatibility. She was helping him become the best version of himself because of her own work ethic and focus, with millions watching and the expectation of the public that she should win every time, what Serena herself described as carrying “three pyramids” on her shoulder. He thought he worked hard—it is part of the romance of high tech that everyone works 18 hours a day and then curls up under the desk for a few hours’ sleep with their laptop as teddy bear and pacifier—but he realized it was nothing compared with Serena.

“I felt like a door had been opened to a person who made me want to be my best self. . . . I find myself just wanting to be better by simply being around her because of the standard she holds.”

If you’re a fan of Williams or unlikely pairings or love stories, you might very well enjoy the treatment and I think for sure, you will love all the great tales and stories within.

I do appreciate all the insights from the piece even if I got issues on a bunch of other aspects of it.

It is a great read and I highly recommend it!

read it here

‪http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/06/serena-williams-cover-story‬

4th of July Ready: Serena Williams Dons a Stars and Stripes Maternity Swimsuit

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Serena Williams has reached that critical point in her pregnancy when she’s run out of swimsuit options, she said in a Snapchat and Instagram stories share.

The tennis champ shared video and pics of herself modeling a Stars and Stripes one piece maternity suit and matching coverup from Target.


“Just came back from Target,” the biz mogul quipped on the video. This is about all I can fit.”

She acessorized her look with her signature tennis visor. What a great endorsement for Target which sells Maternity suits for about $25!

Williams and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian are the Expecting their first child together. This past April, Williams accidentally snapped the news via a monthly progression photo she thought she was privately sharing.

She has had to miss the French Open and will miss Wimbledon this year, leaving the field wide open to underlings and less successful players, her sister Venus included.

Venus has a condition and clay isn’t her surface so she didn’t make it too far in the French but I am hopeful for Wimbledon, which was her fist major. I remember it very well.

Oh and congrats to their dad, Richard Williams, who is poised to be inducted into the African Tennis Association‘s brand new  Hall of Fame!

Serena Williams Clarifies: Venus Williams’ Accidental Gender Reveal Wasn’t What We Think

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Serena Williams was in PR fix mode recently after her sister Venus Williams appeared to have revealed the gender of her baby. While being interviewed following her first round French Open win, big sister Venus told a reporter that she hopes the baby will have her name.

“She’s going to call me ‘favorite aunt,'” Venus said during her post-match interview with Eurosport after winning the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.. “Every day we’re like, ‘Baby Vee, baby Isher, baby Lyn,’ so we all want the baby to be named after us.”

Not so fast, Serena relayed in an Instagram post essentially saying the pronoun “he” is not common in their household so that’s the reason Venus used that word. Hmmm….


“To clarify what Venus said, I am always joking with my sisters to see what favors I can get them [to] do for me next,” Serena Williams wrote in the “words” photo. “If I want something from one of my sisters, I say ‘Baby Venus, Baby Lyn, or Baby Isha needs it.’ I did not grow up with any brothers, only sisters and we all say ‘she’ more than ‘he.’ ”

 

Serena has previously said she planned to wait until the birth to reveal the baby’s gender.

“I think the surprise of knowing what you are going to have on that very special day you give birth is probably the best surprise you can ever have,” she said. 

Now we will know it is the truth if they have a boy! The Grand Slam champ accidentally announced on Snapchat this past Aprail that she and co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian are expecting their first child.

If We’re Taking Bets, We Think Serena Williams Will Get Married Next Month

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We guessed because Beyonce had a Push Party that she was due pretty soon to start pushing. Now, we’re thinking bout the fact that tennis champ Serena Williams had a bridal shower three weeks ago that she will marry her fiance Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian sooner than later.

This means before baby arrives later in the year.


And she, like a lot of celebs, are cool with being low key and keeping their plans out of the public until they happen.  We only saw pics of the two-day bridal shower held at Miami, Florida’s 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach. and its Bamford Haybarn Spa after the event in PEOPLE magazine exclusive pics.

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Apparently, according to reports, after checking in, the next day the bride-to-be, her sisters VenusLyn and Isha, mom Oracene and her pals did some yoga and meditation on the rooftop pool deck, followed by foot massages in an air-conditioned poolside cabana then a romp on a private yacht around the city.

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My sis had her shower three weeks before her nuptials so I’m going to put in my bet at a June surprise wedding before her belly gets too large to fit into the type of dress Serena wants to wear for her nuptials! Let’s see if  we are correct.

Serena Williams Bumps It Up On a Yacht

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Serena Williams took to Instagram this weekend to share some lovely photos of herself sunbathing on a yacht. The first-time expectant Tennis Champ and her fiance Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are expecting their first child this year.

Williams made the announcement accidentally on Snapchat while chronicling her fourth month of pregnancy. Since the secret’s been out, she the 26-time Grand Slam Serena Williams champ has been open sharing bump progression photos on Instagram.


Last weekend, she gathered 20 of her close family  and friends including sisters Venus, Lyn and Isha and mom Oracene for a “magical” bridal shower at 1Hotel & Homes South Beach in Miami, Florida.

“Serena is one of my best friends, so a lot of love and thought went into planning the magical detail-oriented bridal shower weekend,” event planner Val Vogt of The VLV Group revealed to ET. “There were constant surprises; from a painting party to unique bridal shower games to having a live fashion illustrator on the yacht.”

This makes us think the wedding will come before baby is born.

Check out her recent IG shares:

 

Fun day out and about with @audemarspiguet

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Bumpwatch Roundup: Beyonce, Whitney Port, Serena Williams

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If you keep up with this blog, by now you know that we stalk keep track of your fave expectant celebrity so you don’t have to.  This week, we spotted The Hills alum Whitney Port doing a great job masking the fact she has had a tough pregnancy by looking fabulous in a black kimono during a press call in NYC recently while promoting a partnership with Dove.

On the Snap, we spotted Serena Williams posted a new series of bump progression photos after attending her baby shower in Miami with family and friends (UPI)


Bey is also back serving up sheer styling and bringing back her famous fedora hat from her “Freedom” video. (Instagram) She rocked a $120 maternity dress from Mina Roe and a pair of  $1,140 Stella McCartney platform sandals made by our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Stella McCartney, and carried a $2,700 Gucci GG Marmont shoulder bag. (h/t PEOPLE for the finds)

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Bump Watch: Whitney, Beyonce, Serena, Heidi and Lauren

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Serena Williams is having a very social week. A day after making her red carpet baby bump debut, the tennis champ attended the launch of the Burberry DK88 Bag hosted by Christopher Bailey at Burberry Soho on May 2, 2017 in New York City.

Whitney Port is finally coming from under the exhaustion spell of pregnancy. She posted a photo of herself looking happy and well…energetic on her Instagram account recently.


FINALLY feeling that 🤰🏼 energy! How are all you pregnant ladies staying fit?! 📷: @emboslice_

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Her fellow MTV The Hills alum co-star Lauren Conrad has been laying low but was spotted  at designer Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2017 ‘See Now, Buy Now’ Fashion Show on February 4, 2017 earlier in her pregnancy.

And another MTV family alum, Heidi Pratt showed off her bump with her hubby Spencer Pratt this week. “Sunday Fun. The 3 of Us,” she captioned an Instagram photo of the growing family.

Sunday fun day.. the 3 of us🤰🏼💛🤰🏼

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Meanwhile, Beyonce has been busy making news as well. She appeared at her mom Tina Knowles Lawson and step dad Richard Lawson‘s charity fundraiser to support the WACO Theater Center in California. The event called the Inaugural Wearable Art Gala raised $1M, according to a recent post  by Beyonce. It is reminiscent of the Met Ball, which also encourages attendees to wear artistic renditions of clothing or vice versa, wear art like clothes.


Meanwhile, Bey released the collector’s edition of her multi-award winning visual album, “Lemonade.” The box set will set you back $300 but it comes with behind the scenes photos, prints of Beyonce’s personal hand written notes drafted during the creation of the project and much more.

 

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And just for kicks, Queen Bey blessed her fans and followers with another video of a game night date night she went on with her husband.

 

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We Now Know Why Serena Williams Deleted Her Pregnant Snap Right Away

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During an interview with Gayle King recently at the Ted Talks conference on Tuesday in Vancouver Canada,  Serena Williams said that she did not mean to make a pregnancy announcement on Snapchat. 

Rather, she explained, she was doing one of her personal weekly pregnancy progression photo for her own documentation using her phone but accidentally hit the “share” button. Oops!


“I was on vacation just taking some time for myself and I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’m going,” the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam chat said. “I didn’t tell a lot of people to be quite honest and I’d been saving it,” Williams said about staying mum about being preggers. “On social media, you press the wrong button and… Thirty minutes later I missed four calls and I’m like, ‘That’s weird.’ ”

That explains why she rapidly deleted the snap afterwards. She was totally caught off guard. Some had speculated that perhaps she wasn’t pregnant but was just toying with her fans and followers. But the business woman and Nike brand ambassador said she was set to tell the news anyway.

“But it was a good moment. I was only going to wait five or six more days [to share].” she added.

This week, her fiance, Alex Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit released his own official pregnancy announcement that featured an Reddit avatar of himself and Serena, with the caption, “A new Snoo is on the way!” He was referencing the Reddit brand mascot which is a little alien called Snoo.

 

Sooo cute!

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Serena Williams Pens Letter to Her Baby; Responds to Racist Comment by Tennis Legend

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Tennis star Serena Williams took to Instagram this week to share a tender letter she has to her soon-to-be born first child with fiance Alex Ohanian. It was a super sweet gesture from the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam champ.

The note, which accompanied a photo of herself in a bikini top and sarong, presumably from a beach babymoon she’s on with her beau, read:

My Dearest Baby,
You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. -Your Mommy


 


A day later, the mom-to-be left a message reacting to a mean, and arguably racist, remark by tennis legend Ilie Nastase who responded upon hearing the news that Williams and her white fiance are expecting, reacted during a news conference last Friday, by saying in his native Romanian  language, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?”

In her note, also posted on Instagram, Williams wrote:

“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers,” Williams wrote in an Instagram post.

“I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go….

“I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words … you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise.”

The last part is a quote form  Maya Angelou’s famous poem, “Still I Rise.”

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Smart and classy come back Serena. We would expect nothing less.

So Sports Bookies Are Already Taking Bets On Serena Williams’ Fetus, Really!

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Serena Williams has barely enjoyed a day of the world knowing that she is expecting her first child with fiance Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian and the bookies are already in her taking bets on her little bambino.

 BetOnline.ag, one of the world’s online betting sportsbook site has folks gambling on things like the first letter of the baby’s first name, its gender, weight and whether the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam champ will have twins or triplets!


There is a term for betting on something tangentially related to a sports game, “propositional bet,” concerning an “occurrence or non-occurrence” not directly affecting a game’s outcome. Since Serena is actively training for any tournament, this is very very propositional.

When Beyonce performed during one of the Super Bowls, bookies took bets on whether she’d have a wardrobe malfunction and have one of her boobs exposed. Seriously. This is not a game. ha!

If you want to get in on the fun but with your own impending arrival or one of a family or friend, you can start an online pool using a site like Baby Bookie.

 

This isn’t new for pregnant celebrities either. When Kate Middleton was expecting her first child, her unknown due date kept the booking business popping then too.

People will bet on anything if they love to gamble!

[note: Speaking of which, if you or someone you knows suffers from gambling addiction, call  The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at  1-800522-4700.]