I believe in Christmas miracles. And in the case of Serena Williams and her 4-year-old daughter, Olympia, a woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Sports Illustrated cover has always been an inspiration for the tennis great and her daughter, and that’s even more so this year following Olympia’s recent diagnosis with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s Syndrome.
When the cover was revealed Monday, Olympia was on the cover too, donning an outfit identical to her mother’s white tennis jersey.
The shirt reads: “Every day, and every place, one step at a time.”
Olympia isn’t the only one with a similar look, as everyone at the The Royal Albert Hall Saturday night for the King Richard with Richard Gere premiere sported shirts designed by Roland Mouret.
In an exclusive interview with the Boston Globe, Williams explained what the two were thinking:
“We thought it would be fun to do the same thing we both did for that Sports Illustrated cover. We combined our two red dresses. She was in a dress [for the SI shoot], and that was one thing that we both wanted to wear together because we felt like it complemented each other. It was a fun moment, and something we thought was really cute for Christmas. To me, Christmas is something that was really special, and I thought it was a nice way to remember how my family is always together. We were celebrating her birthday in Cleveland, my mom was celebrating her birthday, our family was celebrating Christmas, and my sisters were celebrating their birthday. We all had a good time.”