We all know that Serena Williams is the greatest of all time, but a recent Nike commercial is making sure we have no doubts about it.
According to The Cut, the tennis powerhouse was featured in a brand-new commercial for Nike that debuted during the Academy Awards to celebrate recently-passed International Women’s Day. Showing a highlight reel of her illustrious career, Williams delivered the most inspiring voice over:
“I’ve never been the right kind of woman. Over-sized and over-confident. Too mean if I don’t smile. Too black for my tennis whites. Too motivated for motherhood. But I’m proving time and time again that there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”
Ending on the words, “Until we all win,” The Cut reports Nike said in a release that the ad aims to “recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women everywhere and share our belief in gender equality, in this case, delivered by Serena Williams, the greatest athlete of all time.”
The G.O.A.T., indeed. Watch the ad in full right here.
Glass slippers don’t have to be high heels — or even glass.
According to Cosmopolitan, Footwear News reported that Nike has just unveiled a brand-new Cinderella-inspired sneaker. The glass slipper Air Force 1s — also called “The Summer Shine,” Cosmo reports — feature unicorn sequins, which are a multi-tone sequin pattern that are equal parts magical and shiny.
Ready to rock these casual glass slippers? Cosmo says the style is currently available on Nike.com for $200. Check out the shoe here.
Who said glass slippers can’t be comfy?
Athleticwear just got a bit more size inclusive, thanks to Nike.
According to Bustle, the brand just released an all-new 44-piece line that includes pieces like sports bras, leggings and tops, and ranges in size from XL to 3X (and bras up to size 38E). The athleticwear company explained their decision to increase their size offerings in statement, says Glamour, sharing that the move seeks to acknowledge the growing role of women in sports.
“Nike recognises that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.”
The line, which is currently available in stores and online, also features in its promo photos UK lifestyle blogger Grace Victory, according to Glamour, as well as London-based blogger Danielle Vanier.
Welcome to the body-inclusive club, Nike!
The recent Rio Olympic games showcased the athletic prowess of female athletes around the world, with many from the United States rising to the top. But their dominance doesn’t stop there.
According to ELLE, some of the best female athletes around star in a new ad for Nike called “Unlimited Pursuit,” part of their “Unlimited” campaign “celebrating power, beauty, and pursuit of athletic perfection.”
The video features Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas of this year’s “Final Five” gymnastics team, as well as Serena Williams, Scout Bassett, Elena Delle Donne and Allyson Felix, reports ELLE.
Nike spoke of the athletes in the ad, says ELLE, explaining their paramount significance this way:
“Recovering from setbacks, losses and injury, rising from obscurity and destroying obstacles to claim victory, they command the spotlight and inspire Nike to innovate to match their strength and their dreams.”
To watch the inspirational ad, click here.
Confidence can be born out of any set of circumstances — that’s what model Kanya Sesser is teaching us.
The 23-year-old Los Angeles model is representing top brands such as Nike, Billabong and Rip Curl says The Huffington Post UK, and earns earning $1,000 every day to do so. But Sesser isn’t your average model.
According to The Huffington Post, Sesser was born without legs, only to be abandoned on the steps of Buddhist temple in Thailand. At 5 years old, she was adopted and brought to live in Portland. Now, she’s shattering industry standards by showing that confidence is not reserved for the flawless.
The Huffington Post says Sesser started her career at 15 years old, originally modeling sportswear before finally landing in underwear modeling. Sesser spoke of her modeling to the Mail Online, saying “It’s something fun and it shows my story — I’m different and that’s sexy.”
Sesser went on to say that her photos show her strength while also letting her beauty shine through. “I love showing people what beauty can look like,” she said. “I don’t need legs to feel sexy.”
And as if modeling weren’t enough, The Huffington Post says that Sesser, a lover of extreme sports, hopes to be able to compete in mono-ski competition in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.
Thank you, Kanya Sesser, for being the definition of confidence, beauty and determination.