Sister Act: Serena and Venus Williams
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VW: I just want to say for the record, I will not be doing any of your schoolwork. I think what keeps me motivated is that I truly love everything I do. I absolutely love design; I love learning. My ultimate goal is to get an MBA; hopefully, it will happen for me in the next four years. As far as V Starr Interiors, this has been a big year for us. We got our first hotel client, and we worked with Howard University to do their gym.
What about you? Everywhere I go, people either ask me to tell you that they bought something from you, or they assume that I am you and tell me how much they love you.
SW: [Laughs] HSN is probably the hardest thing I do, because you have to talk for hours nonstop, and I am not a big talker. But I feel really blessed that I have that opportunity.
VW: Let me tell you about my new thing. I know it sounds ridiculous, but my new thing is floral arrangements—with faux flowers.
|Dress, Jean Paul Gaultier ($595). Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., NYC; bloomingdales.com|
VW: I have always loved florals, so recently, I bought some faux flowers and some vases and fillers and got busy making arrangements for the house. They look gorgeous.
Tell me about the fun things you are going to do this summer.
SW: I definitely plan on hanging out with you and going to school, but I really want to go to Paris for a month.
VW: My dream is to go to Thailand; I have talked about it every year and I never do it. My plan is to hang out at a local dive and dance, get some school in and do some new things for V Starr. Actually, I am going to be starting some new charity events for V Starr.
Speaking of, how is the Serena Williams Foundation going?
SW: We have opened two schools in Africa, and we are trying to open a third. We are raising money and sending kids to college here in the United States, because college is so expensive.
VW: I have a proposition for you: I think we should start our own tour and hit cities that haven’t seen us before—like, say, Shreveport, where dad is from, and we can raise money for our charities.
SW: That would be good. Would it be like The Williams Sisters Tour though? Because if it’s like that, I wouldn’t want to go. [Ed note: The tour was a charity event from 2004 to 2006 that benefited Ronald McDonald House; Venus won seven of the nine matches.]
VW: I have done a lot of tough things in my life, and nothing was tougher than that.
Photographs by Stephan Würth
Styling by Karen Shapiro
Hair by Angela Meadows for Angela Meadows Salon (SERENA) and Stacy Gibson (VENUS)
Makeup by Maital Sabban for ms-management.com (SERENA) and
Stacy Gibson (VENUS)
Manicure by Beth Fricke using OPI for Artists by Timothy Priano
Location provided by Image Locations Inc. (www.imagelocations.com)