By Venus Williams
We all know the name Venus Williams from her domination in the world of tennis, and will be watching her and sister Serena play their hearts out at the Rio Olympics this year. But also meet Venus Williams the entrepreneur. Venus always felt activewear was limited. On the court, she struggled to find clothing that allowed her to best express herself, the way she could with the never-ending supply of ready-to-wear options. Add to that a fierce desire to motivate people to move their bodies, and the idea of EleVen was born. Arming herself with a degree in fashion, she set out to create something that would represent much more than she could ever achieve on the tennis court: clothing that allows you to express your individuality, cultivate strength and confidence, and makes you feel good every time you put it on.
EleVen represents how Venus strives to live every day — that is, without limits. In our world, ‘10’ is just another number, but EleVen is a lifestyle — it’s about challenging your status quo, embracing positive change, and pushing beyond whatever is holding you back from living your ideal life. Venus believes in motivating you to aspire to your greatest potential, and creates clothing that does just that.
So what is a Day in the Sweat Life like for Venus? Read on…
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit the snooze button!
2. What is your go-to workout?
ANYTHING with Plyometrics. I LOVE high energy and fast paced workouts
3. What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like for you?
Well, it changes quite a bit! Right now I’m on a no sugar kick (and have been for the past 19 days!). Typically I like a lot of fruits and veggies and beans! I also lovveeeee tomatoes and have them with everything.
4. What is your favorite indulgence?
5. What is your healthy living philosophy?
Look good and play well! It’s the vision I push at EleVen. Our mission is pretty simple. To fashion healthier lives. And our product does JUST that!
6. Do you meditate?
I tried it, I just can’t sit still!
7. What can we find in your gym bag?
Energy bars and fitness bands.
8. What is your favorite active wear brand?
Not even a question – I LOVE EleVen – how can I not, I created it!
9. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Catch up on my schoolwork. During the day I’m training!
10. What or who inspires you?
I am VERY inspired by my teams at EleVen and VStarr! And that IS the truth.
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WIN: Venus Williams' 2016 Rio Olympics Dress
As we move closer to Rio, here is a sneak peek into what Venus Williams will be wearing as she embarks on her 5th Olympic Games. The 4-time gold medalist will be wearing the below dress designed exclusively for EleVen By Venus.
The limited edition banner dress (only 500 are available!) comes in a very special commemorative packaging complete with a personalized note signed by Venus. Each package is hand numbered, signed, and notarized with a certificate of authenticity. Additionally we have included a Limited Edition 14k gold plated pendant.
COMMENT BELOW on your most empowered moment in your health and fitness journey, a time you really went WENT for GOLD — and we will choose one (1) winner with the most inspiring answer to win Venus's 2016 Rio Olympic dress!
On October 31, 1994, a 14-year-old girl, with her hair styled in beads and full of confidence, strode onto the court at Bank of the West Classic in California and transformed tennis.
Today, Venus Williams is one of the most accomplished women in the history of the sport. Having been called "the best athlete in the history of women's tennis" by Sports Illustrated, Venus has been ranked number one in the world in singles three times in her career, and has captured seven Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledon championships, and four Olympic Gold medals — and counting.
Along the way, Venus has also distinguished herself as a student who has pursued higher education, an entrepreneur who has launched and helms two businesses, a designer who creates fashion and interior designs, an investor whose ventures include becoming with her sister the first African-American women to buy shares of an NFL team, an author who has written a best-selling book, and an advocate for gender and pay equality.
The most amazing part is that Venus Williams is just getting started.