Go Inside Serena Williams’s Star-Studded, ’50s-Inspired Baby Shower

Everyone was there except for Beyonce.

by Katherine Santana

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Over the weekend, Serena Williams celebrated the upcoming arrival of her baby with a star-studded, ’50s-inspired baby shower (guests included Ciara, Lala Anthony, Eva Longoria, and Kelly Rowland.)

Of course, no baby shower is complete without an epic squad pic. Serena Williams took to her Instagram to share a group shot of the women, all donning poodle skirts and/or other ’50s inspired clothing. “When you and your crew go so far back to the 50’s. Even then they had your back,” the tennis star captioned.

Anthony and Ciara also took to their social media accounts to share photos from the special day. Dressed as Rosie the Riveter, Anthony flexed her muscles for one snapshot.

Williams, who’s engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, accidentally announced her pregnancy with a Snapchat photo of her baby bump back in April. Her beautiful bump also graced the cover of Vanity Fair‘s August issue. In the issue’s accompanying profile, Williams reveals how she found out about her little bun in the oven just a few days before the 2017 Australian Open in January (which she won), as well as how she’s preparing for motherhood.

“How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year,” she told VF. “It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. Am I having a baby? If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby—not be pregnant but have a baby—I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world. This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later, and it’s going by so fast.”

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Serena Williams Loves to Experiment with Hair and Makeup

At the age of 17, Serena gained global recognition in the professional tennis world as a powerful player with her sister Venus. Here, she posed fresh faced after winning the Everet Cup wearing her hair styled in her signature braids and beads.

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At the 2000 US Open, Serena Williams wore her hair in a lighter color, and in a braided style. Without the beads, it was an overall more mature look.

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At the 2001 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Williams wore her honey blond hair in tight, textured braids.


The tennis player began to experiment with her hair and makeup a bit more off the court. At the Rising Stars Gala, she wore bronze eyeshadow, coral blush, and her hair in a new cropped bob.


Celebrating her major win at the Australian Open, the tennis star rocked a simple makeup look with a pop of teal eyeliner on her bottom lashes. She switched up her hairstyle once again, now favoring curly, strawberry blonde extensions with bangs.

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Williams wore her honey-colored hair in soft highlights, and complimented the shade with bronzed makeup.


Williams looked mature at the Zac Posen in 2007, thanks to a darker hair color and shorter cut.

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Williams turned heads in a simple makeup look with straight, light brown hair at the 17th Carousel of Hope Ball.


Williams looked chic at New York Fashion Week, thanks to sleek, slicked back hair, smoky eyeshadow, rosy cheeks and impeccable contouring.


Williams opted for a dark, bold cat eye while playing at the 2013 US Open. She looked like a complete rockstar with her thick-wavy locks pulled back into a low ponytail, and secured by aNike headband.

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At the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sports Person of the Year Ceremony, Williams wore her hair in a wavy chin-length bob with a side swept bang.


Williams’ super straight hair at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party was flawless, and accentuated her enviable bone structure.


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