What a cutie! Serena Williams’ daughter Olympia wore her mother’s signature hairstyle during an outing at what appears to be Disneyland.
On April 20, a photo of the 4-year-old was posted to her own Instagram account. In the shot, Olympia poses with a hand on her heart in front of Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. The 4-year-old got to meet the real-life version of what appears to be one of her favorite cartoon characters. In fact, Olympia is dressed up as the Disney princess for the occasion.
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Williams’ daughter is wearing loose braids capped off with pastel pink, yellow and blue beads on the ends. The hairstyle is reminiscent of Serena and Venus Williams’ beaded braids worn on tennis courts in the 1990s and 2000s.
The tennis stars were some of the rare Black women to compete at such a high level in tennis competitions. For many, their presence on the court and their signature hairstyle gave much needed representation to Black girls and women around the world.
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The hairstyle was so meaningful, it was even included in King Richard, the film which chronicles the Williams sisters’ childhood and on-court dominance. Carla Farmer, the lead hair stylist on set, told Allure that it took over 200 beads to recreate their now iconic look from the tennis court.
On Instagram, fans are marveling at Olympia’s cuteness. “Olympia is a princess in her own right. She is so adorable,” commented one person. “She’s like I’m the real princess here ?❤️ so precious,” wrote another. Some fans are celebrating the fact that Olympia can see herself represented through Princess Tiana, Disney’s only Black princess. “Representation Matters ???” commented one person.
This article was written by Kyra Alessandrini for Girls United.