WATCH: Speaking of iconic fashion magazines, Venus Williams joined fellow former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki as attendees at the famed Met Gala by Vogue.


A cover fit for a queen: Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is Glamour UK's October cover star, and the former world No. 1's stylish photoshoot was paired with a wide-ranging interview with journalist Abigail Blackburn on where she's been and where she's going.

Published in the aftermath of what was likely Serena Williams' final US Open, the elder Williams sister speaks openly about a variety of topics, including the next chapter for her 23-time Grand Slam-winning sister. She says she's loved to watch Serena come into her own with her new venture capitalist effort, Serena Ventures.

Venus has long been building her personal brand, too: She created the clothing and beauty brand EleVen by Venus, Happy Viking protein shakes, and the interior design firm Vstarr interiors. She was also an executive producer on the recent film “King Richard," the Oscar-nominated biographical film about their father, Richard Williams, starring Will Smith.

Asked about whether or not the sisters' on-court competitiveness has fed into their off-court efforts, the 42-year-old Williams says it's, in fact, the opposite.

"It’s more of a motivation and when I see her doing great, it’s my success. It’s also motivating for me and lets me know I also can do that, and that’s how you have to look at other people’s success," she said.

"I love seeing people do great … I don’t like to see anyone fail. I like to see my opponents lose against me, but other than that, I like to ride that energy that other people bring with success. Serena has taught me so much and there’s so much you can learn just from being around greatness and that’s what she is – the greatest ever.”

Posing in Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Lacoste and Eleven by Venus for the shoot, Williams also discussed how she took up Billie Jean King's mantle in pursuit of equal prize money for women in tennis and beyond; how she and Serena changed the game for diversity, equity and inclusion; the importance of finding balance, setting boundaries and mental health; and more.


While she has no plans to retire from tennis just yet, Williams has built not just a Hall of Fame resume on-court, but revolutionized American culture off it. But, she says, 'legacy' is not a word that's on her mind very often. Instead, she likes to live in the present.

“It’s not something I think about,” she revealed. “I know that sounds crazy. Do people wake up and think about legacies? I’m in the ‘right now.' I’ve got a tournament coming I’m trying to play. ... What am I going to achieve in this moment?

"I’ve always been forward-looking and I think a legacy isn’t as important as just enjoying your life. I have enjoyed mine and I think I could do even better at that. So, that’s kind of my next thing, just to live a little and if you could give back and encourage others, that’s the best legacy.”

To read the full interview, click here.