Venus Williams Has Wardrobe Malfunction During Oscars Ceremony
While most of the attention on the night of the Oscars has been paid to the now-infamous slap, some eagle-eyed fans noticed that tennis star Venus Williams went through a minor wardrobe malfunction at the ceremony as well.
Williams attended the Sunday ceremony with her sister Serena because they are both depicted in the film King Richard, a biopic about their father Richard Williams that Smith starred in. He also won his Best Actor award for the part after the slapping incident. Williams was played by Saniyya Sidney.
The tennis player drew plenty of looks on the red carpet with her plunging Elie Saab gown, paired with Stuart Weitzman shoes and Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and posted the look to Instagram before the ceremony. Unfortunately, some viewers noticed when the camera cut to the Williams sisters, that Venus was holding her dress up with her right hand and her nipple became briefly exposed.
This malfunction didn’t cause nearly as much as a stir as it might have in earlier years, or in an alternate timeline where Chris Rock never got slapped, but some posted screenshots online of the moment rather mockingly, even though it was a significant night for both of the sisters.
“I could have never dreamed or prepared to be at the Academy Awards for a film that tells my FAMILY’s story,” Williams wrote in her Instagram caption displaying the outfit. “What can I tell you. Keep dreaming. Keep working. Keep fighting. You don’t know where life might take you. I’m from Compton, California. And now I’m [all] the way here. It’s so good to BE ALIVE!”