Whether on-court or off, Serena Williams is a fashionable force to be reckoned with. Here, the renowned tennis pro with a sweet spot for the sparkly (she won’t dare enter a match without her “Lucky Ring”) dishes about her road to athletic stardom, the inspiration behind her successful jewelry and accessories line for HSN, and the one statement piece every woman should own.
Q: The name of your collection for HSN is Signature Statement. What are some ways in which you try to make a statement on the court and in everyday life?
A: I always try to make a statement both on and off the court. My excitement and drive have enabled me to explore many creative paths throughout the years. I understand the talent and precision it takes to make beautiful things come to life. One of my dreams has always been to share gorgeous gifts of fashion and luxury with the world, which is why I have created my Signature Statement collection for HSN.
Q: What one statement piece should every woman own?
A: A statement ring! It's something every woman should own in her jewelry box. It should definitely be something classy and sophisticated that can be used both day and night.
Q: One of the rings in the collection was modeled after your very own “Lucky Ring.” Can you tell us a little bit about your ring and what it means to you?
A: Every time I’m on the court, I wear this ring. I’m so excited that we’ve created this ring for HSN, and it’s available in silver or gold with all different color stones, from diamonds to amethysts!
Q: Do you wear any of the pieces in the collection? If so, which ones?
A: I wear them all! You can spot me on the court wearing my jewelry, from the bracelets to the earrings and chunky cocktail rings. I design each of the pieces and love them all. I always try the pieces first before my consumers can purchase them, to make sure they are perfect. I also love when people ask me where I got them. Now I can tell them, "HSN!"
Q: Do you plan on expanding your jewelry and accessories line in the future? If so, which jewelry or accessory trend are you dying to tap into?
A: Since I started my collection over a year ago, I cannot begin to tell you how much it has grown. I now have so many more fashion pieces, including dresses and even jeans. Each time I am on HSN, I add even more jewelry and accessory pieces.
OK, now the lightning round …
Favorite color? Pink.
Favorite designer? Aneres [Serena's very own label], Eleven, Burberry, Alaïa and Louis Vuitton.
Favorite midnight snack? Sugar-free applesauce and soy yogurt.
Person you’d most like to meet — past or present? Malcolm X.
Guilty pleasure? Various TV sitcoms, "Avatar," "The Last Airbender," "Smallville."
Qualities you most admire in a person? A great sense of humor and not taking themselves seriously.
Favorite getaway? Paris.
Favorite place to shop? Paris, and River Island in London.
Hardest trend to pull off? For me it's a leotard. Lady Gaga really set the standard high!
Be sure to enter our Serena Williams Signature Statement Accessories Giveaway, and don't forget to catch Serena Williams live on HSN September 20 (head to hsn.com for schedule and more info).
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