Jon Bernthal to play Venus and Serena Williams’ coach in sports drama

Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to portray Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis coach Rick Macci in upcoming sports drama King Richard. The Punisher actor will portray the famed tennis coach, who made a deal with Richard Williams to train his daughters V…

Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to portray Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis coach Rick Macci in upcoming sports drama King Richard.

The Punisher actor will portray the famed tennis coach, who made a deal with Richard Williams to train his daughters Venus and Serena and hone their talent while they were young children, according to Deadline.

The coach, who is now 65 years old, trained five number other one players, including Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, and Maria Sharapova, throughout his sports career.

Bernthal shared the casting news on Instagram with the caption, “Big. Love. Y’all. Very grateful.”

He joins a cast that already includes Will Smith as Richard Williams, the main focus of the film, which documents how he guided his daughters from the tennis courts of Compton, California to become world number ones.

The cast also includes child stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the young Venus and Serena Williams, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Oracene Price.

The film, which is slated for cinema release in November, is being directed by Monsters and Men’s Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin. Producers include Tim White, Trevor White, and James Lassiter, with Allan Mandelbaum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett serving as executive producers.

Bernthal, 43, was recently seen in Oscar-nominated movie Ford v Ferrari. His upcoming projects include a lead role in The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, and Taylor Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, opposite Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult.

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Ashley Graham was first pregnant woman to walk in Tommy Hilfiger runway show

Ashley Graham was the first-ever pregnant woman to walk in one of Tommy Hilfiger’s runway shows.In August, the curvy model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. A few weeks later, Ashley debuted her ba…

Ashley Graham was the first-ever pregnant woman to walk in one of Tommy Hilfiger’s runway shows.

In August, the curvy model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. A few weeks later, Ashley debuted her baby bump on the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation held as part of New York Fashion Week, and in a new interview with U.S. Vogue magazine, the star shared that she didn’t realise she was making history at the time.

“Tommy told me I was the first pregnant woman who’d ever walked his runway,” she told the publication, adding that navigating the famed Apollo Theater venue was quite a challenge. “It was kind of like a block party in Harlem, all kinds of women, all genders, races, and everybody’s heels were so high. It was not a normal catwalk – it was concrete, still under construction, with potholes. And I was praying I wasn’t going to fall down. Which is an awful lot to ask of a model in her second trimester – I have wounds on my feet!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley opened up about how she has been contacting her celebrity friends, including Serena Williams and Kim Kardashian, for advice on giving birth and motherhood in general, and she is grateful for how her pals have been so open with her about their experiences.

“Kim immediately started telling me, ‘Ashley, the pregnancy may be the hardest part, but the birth is the easiest.’ I’m just taking in advice from everyone and not putting too much pressure on myself,” the 32-year-old recalled, noting: “Serena was like, ‘Call me; we should talk.'”

Ashley is due to give birth to her son in January.

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Ashley Graham recruits podcast guests via social media

Ashley Graham recruits celebrity guests for her podcast by messaging them privately on social media. The model launched her Pretty Big Deal podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Amy…

Ashley Graham recruits celebrity guests for her podcast by messaging them privately on social media.

The model launched her Pretty Big Deal podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Amy Schumer, in October 2018, and began the second season last week.

In an interview with WWD, the 32-year-old, who is currently pregnant with her first child, shared that she isn’t afraid to slide into celebrities’ direct messages (DMs) to ask them to be a guest.

“I DM people all the time. I will blow your DMs up,” she said, adding that her strategy works as no one has turned her offer down as yet.

She believes her podcast stands out from the crowd because guests feel like they can be candid.

“I’ve been completely honest with my fans since Day One and they know that I’m only going to bring honesty out of my guests and that’s always been the goal for me – just to have honest, real conversations,” the star continued. “But also, my guests feel like they have a platform to tell their own stories as well. It’s not just your normal who are you wearing, what parties are you going to.”

Ashley launched Pretty Big Deal’s second season with an episode starring news anchor Gayle King and followed it up by chatting to fellow model Emily Ratajkowski this week. She intends for the podcast to become a permanent weekly feature and will even pre-record enough shows so that Pretty Big Deal continues while she takes about three months off after the birth of her son in January.

“We had a big meeting about what do the viewers want and what are they craving,” she explained. “The first thing they were craving were 30-to-40-minute pieces of content for the commute and also we realised the moment we go away they’re sad and then people will forget about the podcast. So, we decided that we want to be weekly and you never have to miss a beat.”

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Serena Williams unveils fine jewellery line

Serena Williams has launched a line of fine jewellery. The tennis superstar has already ventured into the fashion world with her inclusive clothing brand S by Serena and she is now expanding into the jewellery market with a line simply called Serena W…

Serena Williams has launched a line of fine jewellery.

The tennis superstar has already ventured into the fashion world with her inclusive clothing brand S by Serena and she is now expanding into the jewellery market with a line simply called Serena Williams Jewelry.

The 70-piece collection includes rings, bracelets, necklaces, a diamond-encrusted dog tag, diamond-encrusted gold star-shaped drop earrings, and diamond earrings that spell out the words SEXY as well as LOVE. All the pieces are designed with real gold or silver, as Williams is allergic to a lot of metals, and range in price from $299 (£233) to $10,000 (£7,785).

“I’m not a jewellery designer,” she told Vogue when asked about her involvement in the design process. “But I spent hours looking at every single piece. I’d say, ‘Let’s change the chain on this’ or ‘Let’s do a herringbone here’ or ‘Let’s do more of a classic look for this or a different finish for that.'”

In the interview, the 38-year-old explained that she wanted to create pieces that could be wearable in a variety of different situations, from “on the red carpet and the tennis court”.

“You don’t have to change pieces, but you can add pieces – something more bold, or more strong, or even something with a word on it – even if it’s a more delicate piece. It’s just about expressing yourself,” the sportswoman added.

The line also includes a number of heart-shaped pieces because she’s “obsessed” with hearts and can be seen wearing jewellery featuring the shape in “99 per cent” of her matches.

“I’ve always worn crazy jewellery on the court-massive rings, diamonds, necklaces. I mean, most people like jewellery, but I love jewellery,” she commented.

Serena Williams Jewelry goes on sale this month.

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Serena Williams wants to design babywear line

Serena Williams wants to design a line of babywear inspired by her daughter. The tennis star launched her size-inclusive womenswear collection, S by Serena, last year and took her brand to a new level when she presented her latest designs at New York …

Serena Williams wants to design a line of babywear inspired by her daughter.

The tennis star launched her size-inclusive womenswear collection, S by Serena, last year and took her brand to a new level when she presented her latest designs at New York Fashion Week in September.

Serena hopes to expand the line one day to feature babywear inspired by her two-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, who she shares with her Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian.

“I want to design a line of babywear inspired by my daughter,” she told People. “I take her everywhere, and I hope to have more children.”

When asked how she balances her fashion ambitions, tennis career and motherhood, Serena admitted she doesn’t.

“I basically don’t balance,” the 38-year-old laughed. “When I do something one day, it is 100 per cent. Then when I am done, I am done and on to the next thing! I live and breathe fashion in the tennis off-season, but no matter what else I do, I am always a mom and I love every minute of it.”

The S by Serena features dresses, jackets, jumpsuits, tops, bottoms and trench coats, with some pieces featuring bold patterns, animal prints, and sequin embellishments.

Accordingly, the sports star explained that she was inspired by a mix of pop culture and her own personal style when designing.

“I am inspired by pop culture and creativity, and I like to make a power statement,” she shared. “I like to stand out. I want to be seen and be heard, and that is my design inspiration.

“My personal style is that I like both trends and classic looks, so I put them together… I bring trendy with classic silhouettes.”

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Serena Williams to work with emerging designers on new Nike collaboration

Serena Williams is looking to work with emerging designers on her upcoming Nike collaboration.The 23-time Grand Slam champion has announced she is on the hunt for new creatives to help her design a shoe and apparel collection with the U.S. sportswear g…

Serena Williams is looking to work with emerging designers on her upcoming Nike collaboration.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has announced she is on the hunt for new creatives to help her design a shoe and apparel collection with the U.S. sportswear giant that will launch next year.

Designers in New York are being invited to workshops at Nike’s sprawling headquarters in Oregon and will be required to complete a series of tasks to get through to the next round.

Just 10 designers will be selected and ultimately invited to complete a seven-month apprenticeship that will conclude with the launch of Serena’s collection.

Brand representatives explained that the project is part of Nike’s ongoing efforts to “bring diverse perspectives into design”.

While Nike’s chief design officer, John Hoke, said he is looking forward to the new ideas, creativity, and diversity young designers will bring to the table.

“I’m excited for these designers to hone their craft, expand their creativity and ultimately dream big as they build on Nike’s design legacy in creating for one of the greatest athletes of all time. We know their impact will be widely felt and look forward to having them as part of our creative community,” he shared.

Back in September, Serena, 38, stated she wanted to be “more inclusive, less exclusive” with her budding fashion empire, which includes her eponymous clothing collection.

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Serena Williams debuts size-inclusive dress

Serena Williams has unveiled a size-inclusive dress that she designed “for every body”.The tennis ace shared a video on Instagram showing her wearing the $120 (£99) red Twist Front Dress from her eponymous clothing collection alongside six other women…

Serena Williams has unveiled a size-inclusive dress that she designed “for every body”.

The tennis ace shared a video on Instagram showing her wearing the $120 (£99) red Twist Front Dress from her eponymous clothing collection alongside six other women.

Serena, who is mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, explained that the confidence-boosting long-sleeved dress can be worn by women of every size, as she designed the garment to be fully inclusive.

“We’re having a red-hot summer over @serena. I designed the Twist Front Dress for everybody and every BODY,” the 37-year-old captioned the video.

“No one in the world looks exactly the same,” the Grand Slam winner says at the beginning of the clip. “We all are different people, we have different personalities, we have different traits. We all look different and we’ve got to bring our personalities out.”

She then asks the other women to share how they feel wearing her Twist Front Dress.

“I’m curvy, but feel confident in my curves,” one states, while another jokes: “I feel spicy like a jalapeno.”

The knee-length dress is also available in black, and in sizes XS to 3XL at serenawilliams.com.

Serena, who wed Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017, launched her eponymous label with a 12-piece capsule collection in May 2018. The sports star said the line was “inspired by femininity and strength” and explained that she had an ‘S’ embroidered into each of the garments to help women find their own ‘S’ word.

“My ‘S’ is strong and sure,” Williams said. “I have a really good friend of mine, who’s been through a lot and her ‘S’ word is ‘survivor.’ That really touched me. My mom’s ‘S’ word is ‘steadfast’ and boy, is she steadfast.”

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Serena Williams unbothered by criticism of her style

Serena Williams is never worried about what people think of her personal style.The tennis champ, who recently lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final, has come out on top of U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionabl…

Serena Williams is never worried about what people think of her personal style.

The tennis champ, who recently lost to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon Ladies Singles final, has come out on top of U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionable 50 list, which honours the most fashionable athletes.

While Serena is known for her bold style on and off the tennis court, and has often been targeted by critics for her choices, she admitted to the publication that she spends very little time worrying about the opinions of others.

“People always have things to say when you’re wearing fashion. It could be good things. It could be bad things. I don’t care what people say. I’m like just so past it-you could say whatever you want to say,” the star, who shares 22-month-old daughter Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, commented. “Honestly, you’re allowed to have your opinion. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things. I have a daughter, I have a family, I have a career. I have too much to worry about.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena explained that her whole career “has been really about tennis and fashion”.

She studied at fashion school as a teenager and while her previous clothing collections, including her Signature Statement collection for the Home Shopping Network (HSN), didn’t catch on, she is adamant her new S by Serena line will be different.

“I tried it before and it didn’t work. Then I sat down and invested in myself and really put a really good effort behind it. Now I really get to express myself. I get to see how you can wear fashion so many different ways and how you can represent yourself. I have this whole big vision of what S by Serena is going to be,” the 37-year-old added.

Other athletes on Sport Illustrated’s list included Odell Beckham Jr., Lewis Hamilton, Maria Sharapova, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

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Anna Wintour didn’t approve of employee wearing hat to 2019 Met Gala

Anna Wintour took note when one of her employees wore a hat to the 2019 Met Gala.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trend…

Anna Wintour took note when one of her employees wore a hat to the 2019 Met Gala.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trends and discover designers.

However, Wintour has very specific ideas when it comes to dressing for an occasion and was less than impressed when a staff member didn’t quite abide by the dress code at the event in May.

“Personally, I’m not too big a fan of casual. I think I always prefer when someone errs on the side of dressed,” she said in a new interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked if it is possible to dress in a casual way and still be perceived as professional. “There was a member of our team that turned up at the Met Gala recently without a tie and wearing a hat and I’m not sure that I approved.”

In a further question, Wintour went on to explain that she keeps her own wardrobe organised and packed full of printed dresses to make sophisticated dressing simple.

“I have a wardrobe full of print dresses, so every morning I just go to one of my print dresses of choice and put it on. It makes decision making a lot easier,” the 69-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, the editor spoke about several people who she has been inspired by of late, and pinpointed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, tennis ace Serena Williams, and American politician Pete Buttigieg.

“I think (Ardern) led her country through a terrible, terrible tragedy with enormous grace and a message of hope,” she said, referring to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March. “And then I also have to cite Serena Williams, who to me has faced defeat and triumph with equal grace and charm and humility and humour. I’m also a big fan of Mayor Pete. I think it’s wonderful that a young man from South Bend, Indiana, who speaks 100 languages, was a military vet, went to both Oxford and to Harvard and just happens to be gay, is part of the conversation in the Democratic race. And I hope that if not in my lifetime, in my children’s lifetime, or my grandchildren’s lifetime that there will be a moment in politics when you are not defined by a label.”

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Will Smith’s King Richard movie lands director

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Ven…

Will Smith’s King Richard movie has found its director in Reinaldo Marcus Green.

The Monsters and Men filmmaker is set to direct the film, which tells the true story of Richard Williams, who, despite having no tennis background, oversaw his daughter Venus and Serena’s tennis careers from overgrown courts in Compton, California to the top of the international game almost two decades ago, when Serena won the US Open in 1999 and Venus beat Lindsay Davenport to win the 2000 Wimbledon title.

Green will also be the first black filmmaker that Smith has ever worked with in his 25-year career, according to IndieWire.

Tim White and Trevor White will produce through their Star Thrower banner and James Lassiter will produce for Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment company. The Aladdin star’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett and Allan Mandelbaum will executive produce.

Green’s directorial debut, Monsters and Men, had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature.

He also helmed the first three episodes of the highly anticipated Netflix series, Top Boy, and recently completed principal photography on his next movie, Good Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton.

When Smith was attached to star as Richard Williams earlier this year, it sparked a colourism debate, with some social media users believing he is too light-skinned to play the tennis coach. He has not yet responded to the criticism.

Warner Bros. is set to release King Richard on 25 November next year, just before the Thanksgiving. holiday in the U.S.

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