Shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovtiz, Williams' pose on the cover recalls the legendary 1991 Vanity Fair cover featuring a pregnant and nude Demi Moore. The cover story delves into Williams' relationship with fiancée Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, chronicling how they met and fell in love, and explores how Williams won the Australian Open shortly after finding out she was pregnant in January.
Williams told Vanity Fair that her "heart dropped" after she took a pregnancy test. Five positive pregnancy tests later, she was finally convinced.
"Oh my God, this can’t be — I’ve got to play a tournament," she told the magazine. "How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year."
Williams plans get back on the court next year after giving birth.