There’s nothing better than a close-knit friendship between two smart, talented, and motivated women. And when those two women are tennis megastar Serena Williams and the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle? That just adds an extra level of awesomeness. These fierce and impressive ladies have plenty in common besides their significant levels of fame, including these 3 attributes that make them- and their friendship- major role models.
1. They've both turned their love for fashion into career pursuits.
Both Meghan and Serena have spoken openly about their fondness for fashion, and they’ve been photographed together at major industry events like New York Fashion Week 2016. Their status as style mavens gives them a valuable common ground, as does the fact that both women translated their passion for clothes into successful career moves.
Prior to her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan operated a lifestyle website called The Tig. In addition to party-throwing advice and holiday-shopping lists, The Tig ran stories on affordable style, featuring chic items at attainable prices for the bulk of its readership. Although she’s now constantly dressed by high-end designers, the Duchess of Sussex proved that she can spot a good fashion deal and appreciate the value.
As for Serena, she recently launched her own fashion brand, aptly called “Serena”. The line includes a mix of athleisure, vintage-inspired denim, and slinky cocktail dresses, and the prices range from $25-250, proving that Serena, like her friend Meghan, prioritizes accessible style.
2. They're both strong advocates for women.
Another admirable similarity between Meghan and Serena? Both self-identify as feminists and use their public platforms to advocate for causes that support and empower women.
Before her marriage, Meghan served as UN Women advocate, attending conferences and traveling to remote destinations to work on behalf of women’s health and gender equality. She also worked with One Young World to promote feminist causes in developing nations, and she travelled to Afghanistan as a member of the USO, declaring that “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches. I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.”
Not to be outdone, Serena constantly involves herself in activism, whether as a supporter of Black Lives Matter, a writer who contributes feminist-advocating pieces to publications like Fortune and Porter Magazine, and a volunteer speaker and organizer for events like “A Family Affair” in Washington, DC. As the mother of a young daughter, Williams plans to continue pushing for a better future for all women, and we’re thrilled to see what she accomplishes next.
3. They're there for each other when it counts.
Friendships differ depending on the people involved, but they all have a few things in common. One of the most important? A willingness to stand by your friend’s side during major life events. And Meghan and Serena definitely have that part down.
Serena famously attended Meghan’s May wedding to Prince Harry, clad in a gorgeous pink Versace dress and a very occasion-appropriate hat. This past month, Meghan sat in the stands (well, the Royal Box, to be specific) with her sister-in-law Kate Middleton to cheer Serena on as she played against Angelique Kerber in the 2018 Wimbledon tournament.
These ladies clearly forged a strong friendship that has potential for the long haul, and it’s built on mutual respect and admiration. Meghan has said on-record that her bond with Serena comes from a shared "belief in exceeding expectations" and their mutual "endless ambition." Sounds like a pretty good foundation to us!