- US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez made her first Met Gala appearance on Monday.
- The 19-year-old tennis star wore a black-and-white Carolina Herrera dress inspired by tennis icons.
- Serena Williams wore similar dresses from the designer for a 1998 Vogue photo shoot. Venus and
Surely Fernandez's decision to emulate Venus and Serena with her own striped Carolina Herrera dress was intentional. Some 23 years after the Williams sisters' shoot with Leibovitz, they are bona fide tennis royalty with 30 Grand Slam singles titles between them.
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Fernandez finds herself in a similar position to Venus and Serena from the time of that Vogue shoot. She's fresh off of her first-ever Grand Slam final appearance at this year's US Open and maybe on the brink of tennis greatness herself, just like the 1998 Williams sisters were.
Perhaps the black-and-white dress is the last piece of the puzzle before Fernandez breaks through for her first Grand Slam victory. After all, within two years of wearing those gowns, Venus and Serena captured the first of many major titles.
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