The Powerful Reason Beyoncé Wanted Serena Williams In Lemonade

Given that Lemonade is a triumphant celebration of the strength and power of Black women, it's no surprise that when it came to casting the visual album, Beyoncé looked to all-star tennis champion Serena Williams.

Over the weekend at the Italian Open, Williams confirmed that Bey's reasoning was the same as all of ours: Serena was a perfect fit because she's an inspirational beacon of strength.

“I have known the director since I was like 9 years old,” Williams explained to reporters in Rome, where she is playing at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. “I know Beyoncé pretty well, so they were like, ‘We would love for you to be in this particular song. It’s about strength and it’s about courage and that’s what we see you as.’”

@beyonce 🍋🍋🍋🍋

A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on


The tennis star also shared the tips Beyoncé gave her before the cameras started rolling.

"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," Williams said about her cameo in "Sorry."

"I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time."

We thought we couldn't possibly ask for more after Williams' version of Beyoncé's "7/11," but it turns out we were dead wrong.

More from Trends

Can you boost your self-esteem just by changing the way you stand? For years, a few scientists — most recognizably one by the name of Amy Cuddy, PhD (...
You probably already know that Donald Trump has a record of making sexist comments. But a new ad from Hillary Clinton's campaign powerfully highlights ...
When photographer Roger Kisby shot the Adult Video News Awards for the first time last year, he wasn't sure what to expect. Once there, he was drawn to the...
In Status: Stressed, Refinery29 is teaming up with Secret, the expert in stress sweat, to have an honest, passionate conversation about the role of stress...
This article was originally published on April 8, 2016. Photographer Marcos Alberti's photo project, 3 Glasses Later, could be considered a probing ...
It was the breakup heard 'round the world: On Tuesday, we learned that Brangelina was officially no more. Then, as we were all recovering from the news, ...
Many of us can probably remember being told at some point during grade school that the pesky little boy who won't stop pulling on our pigtails or throwing ...
(Paid Content) In this age of label-aversion, hookup apps, and social-media flirtation (nothing says romance like a DM, right?), few would disagree that ...
It's hard enough to remember to smile every once in a while, let alone stay positive when someone tells you to "go fuck yourself." But that's exactly ...
Last Sunday, new mother Anna Young posted a photo of herself, taken during a half-marathon, to the breast-feeding advocacy Facebook group, Occupy ...
By now you've probably read those viral texts exchanged between a mother and her daughter while in pursuit of tampons. (And if you haven't, you won't ...
When Delaney Robinson first entered the University of North Carolina as a freshman a little over a year ago, she was looking forward to making new ...
Everyone has a unique story from when they first learned about Their Changing Bodies, but girls of the future might be able to say this: I learned about ...
One California woman's emotional birth video is going viral after being posted online earlier this month. Audra Lynn gave birth to her second child — and ...