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Serena Williams Shares the Story of Her ‘Sorry’ Twerking Cameo

One of the most profound moments in my viewing experience of the Lemonade visual album was when world-renowned athlete Serena Williams appeared on my laptop screen and started twerking. I remember screaming “What?!?!?” over and again.

Serena Williams' Sorry Cameo

I watched that particular portion of the hour-long video three times back-to-back. On first listen, I wasn’t a fan of the song ‘Sorry’, but the video sold it to me. If you, like me, have been wondering how Beyonce got Serena Williams make an appearance as a vide vixen, wonder no more.

Serena spoke to Associated Press in Rome, and told them Beyonce simply told her to “dance like nobody’s looking”. This was made possible by the fact that Serena has known the director – Dikal Rimmasch – since she was a young girl, and also knows Beyonce “pretty well”. A strong motivating factor was the message behind the video – strength and courage.

serena williams sorry cameo

Serena, the award winning tennis player, told Associated Press:

“She told me that she just wants me to dance, like just be really free and just dance like nobody’s looking and go all out. So that wasn’t easy in the beginning, but then it got easier. … I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time.”

Isn’t it interesting that twerking is Serena’s idea of letting loose? I always love seeing a more playful/sexy side of the athlete because it beats down arguments about female athletes not being attractive or feminine.Even greater is that Serena’s cameo happened to be in one of the more controversial songs on the Lemonade album.

Serena Williams and Beyonce - Sorry

Serena wasn’t the only powerful black woman who appeared in Beyonce’s visual album. We also see Blue Ivy, Zendaya, model Winnie HarlowHunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, Ibeyi’s Lisa-Kainde Diaz and Naomi Diaz, author and creole chef Leah Chase and ballerina Michaela DePrince, to mention a few.

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