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Serena Williams Rocks Her Baby Bump and Nothing Else as the Latest ‘Vanity Fair’ Cover Star

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Serena Williams and her gorgeous baby bump are slaying on the cover of the recent issue of Vanity Fair. The iconic tennis star is seamlessly transitioning into her role of an expectant mother. Like Hollywood alum before her – most notably Demi Moore – Serena is taking to a tasteful editorial spread to commemorate her pregnancy glow just in time for the mag’s August 2017 issue.

The cover photo speaks volumes and the tennis champ is no doubt the most beautiful and most vulnerable we’ve ever seen her. Serena stands front and center, angled for a profile shot of her burgeoning belly, as she cups her breasts. Notably, she is completely nude with the exception of some waist beads positioned right at her hips. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz captured the immaculately feminine shot.

As for the written component of the feature, the write-up is a retelling of the love story between 35-year-old Serena and her husband-to-be, 34-year-old Alexis Ohanian. The story touches on how ostensibly opposite the pair seem to be, Serena a superstar tennis star and Ohanian, “the high cotton of high tech,” i.e. the co-founder of Reddit. It starts with how they met, found love, and the moments of first learning that they were creating love in their unborn child.

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Serena revealed what she was thinking after seeing the word “positive” on pregnancy test after pregnancy test back in January of this year when she first noticed a difference in how she felt. “(I) did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped. ‘Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon (her third straight) this year.’”

She might have been hesitant about the Australian Open tennis tournament, but she was able to walk away with another W, pregnancy and all. “It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why,” she told Vanity Fair. “‘Am I having a baby?’ I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing… I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room.”

Ready or not, the happy couple is expecting their first child this fall. We’re positive that one of the greatest athletes of our time will excel at being a bomb mom as well.

Read the full cover Vanity Fair cover story here.

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair/Instagram

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.