The American great Venus Williams has crafted one of the longest tennis careers in the history of the sport. Along with that, she is also the founder of VStarr Interiors; designing homes is another serious passion besides tennis. In a conversation, the 40 years-old took us back to her first design memories.
Former World No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Venus has won 23 Grand Slams combined. Her life on and off the court is a medium of inspiration to many lives worldwide. However, unlike her subtle and simple personality, her designs are eloquent and surreal same as her tennis career.
Venus Williams chose Fashion before Interior Design
Both Venus and Serena Williams have an inbred skill of creativity and athleticism and have found success even beyond tennis. The journey of the elder of the two began as a young girl with her most beloved toy.
Venus said, “As a child, I remember trying to sew clothes for my Barbie dolls and not being able to do it.” But, later on, she found herself in a dilemma of choosing between studying fashion or interior. The decision only became easier when her 23 singles’ Grand Slam winner made her decision.
“I ended up choosing fashion because Serena wanted to study fashion, too, and we do everything together,” said the American. When you also have a flourishing career in a sport that demands traveling all year long, it is easier said than done. Venus took seven years to complete the course before she turned to her passion again.
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“I had to get back into interiors”: Venus
There is nothing that can stop the Williams’ to achieve what they put their mind to. “I ended up going to school for interior design for a year—it was only a matter of time before I had to get back into interiors and give that a real go,” Williams said.
Moving forward, she got herself a BA in business administration degree and enrolled for a Master’s degree in interior architecture. The 4 times Olympic Gold medalist claimed that she still has eight classes left.
Her journey in sport and life is remarkable and truly inspiring. In 2011, Venus learned that she has an autoimmune disease, but she continues to play professionally. Currently, she is designing her sister Serena’s Florida residence. The couple might compete as doubles in the 2021 Australian Open.