How These Women Balance the Beam and the Runway

Did you tune in to watch our First Lady and media mogul Oprah Winfrey sit down for a chat? Washington D.C.’s United State of Women Summit took place this week and we’re still feeling all sorts of female empowerment.

That being said, we decided to highlight some of the very powerful, very versatile women of our generation.

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Cited and fawned over below are three women who have seamlessly executed a professional career both on the court and the runway. The trio of professional female athletes has proved to be competitors not only in their respective sports but also as high-powered, fashion forward designers.

Serena Williams, No.1 Ranked Professional Female Tennis Player. Featured Designer at New York Fashion Week.

Following her debut collection, Aneres, Williams partnered with HSN to create a new line of athleisure wear that the designer/tennis pro says can easily transition from work to play. With a nod to her own double life, Serena’s show at NY Fashion Week in 2014 featured both ready-to-wear leggings, sweaters and then a versatile line of blazers, all designed in a cohesive sport-inspired theme.

The runway show couldn’t be more poetic as Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, and Serena’s then-recent U.S. Open final opponent, Caroline Wozniacki, both gushing over her collection. As a reckoning presence in both fields, Serena seemed to wow the leading ladies of both the tennis and runway world.

In the post-game but pre-show, Serena said to reporters, “I finished the tennis part, so I’m ready for the fashion part.”

Well, we’re exhausted just thinking about it.

You can find Serena’s clothing line ‘Serena Williams Signature Statement’ on

Nastia Liukin, Olympic Individual All-Around Champion. Fashion Designer with a Cause.

Just minutes from the gold medal podium, Olympic gymnast, Nastia Liukin teamed with JCPenney to create a ‘supergirl’-themed collection. The line targeted four to twelve-year-old girls, who at one time oohed and awed at the larger-than-life gymnast on the world’s stage. Liukin intended to create a clothing line that empowered these young girls. Your modern-day superhero costume, so to speak.

“I wanted to make something mom-friendly and mom-approved,” she informed “You don’t want these girls flaunting around at recess looking like they don’t have pants on.”

Liukin continues to style the strong-willed young women of today with her line of GK Elite leotards and leggings.

Bethany Hamilton, Professional Female Surfer. Featured Designer for Crush Eyewear.

A horrific shark attack wasn’t enough to even slow down this inspiring professional surfer. Hamilton continues to wow the surf world as she, just recently, knocked the top-ranked woman surfer out of the World Surf League Fiji Women’s Pro competition. Earning a top-seed position, Hamilton paddles back to shore only to design Crush Eyewear’s latest line of shades, ‘Bethany Hamilton Signature Collection’.

Courtesy of Crush Eyewear

On her experience designing the line, Hamilton tells Crush, “Creating my very own line of Crush sunglasses was really fun! In the line, there is a variety of styles so you can protect your eyes from the sun while staying stylish!”

Only $29.95 per shade? We’ll take two. The collection features aviators, square lenses and even some cat-eye styles if they suit your fancy!

These professional female athletes prove to us that there’s life beyond your respective court if you work hard, show confidence…and in their case, have a sense of style too.

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