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 because for her, designing homes is another serious passion besides tennis. In a conversation, the 40-year-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, much like her tennis career.
Both Venus and Serena Williams have an inbred skill of creativity and athleticism and have found success even beyond tennis. Venus’ journey 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.”
Later on, she found herself in a dilemma when it came to choosing between studying fashion or interior. “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, studies easier said than done. Venus took seven years to complete the course before she turned to her passion again.
There is nothing that can stop the Williams’ from achieving 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,” Venus 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 two might compete as doubles in the 2021 Australian Open.