Serena Williams to Break New Ground as First Athlete to Receive CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award

October 12, 2023

In a groundbreaking move, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has announced that tennis legend Serena Williams will be honored with the Fashion Icon award at the 2023 CFDA Fashion Awards, presented by Amazon Fashion. Set to be held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on November 6th, this marks the first time an athlete will receive this distinguished accolade.

Serena, whose list of titles extends beyond the court — an entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, mother, daughter, sister, and friend — has a longstanding passion for fashion. She not only attended fashion school amidst winning Grand Slams but also launched her own clothing line, 'S by Serena', and introduced a jewelry line inspired by strong, confident women. You can now watch more sports inspired series and more on Disney+. Find out more here.

A Word From Thom Browne

CFDA Chairman Thom Browne praised Serena as "one of the most inspiring people in the world" and "a true fashion icon.” Serena herself reflected on her journey, emphasizing how fashion gave her the confidence to shine both on and off the court. She remarked, “Fashion is for everyone, no matter your size, race, or income.”

As the date approaches, the fashion industry and fans alike eagerly await the ceremony. For more details and to view the full list of 2023 nominees and honorees, visit