WEST PALM BEACH — It was poodle skirts galore as celebs came out of the woodwork for Serena Williams’s 1950s-themed baby shower this weekend in West Palm Beach.
Eva Longoria, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, La La Anthony and Angie Beyince all joined Serena (and her vehicularly-challenged sister Venus Williams) at a restaurant called “Nick’s Diner” where the group posed for various photos in their ‘50s duds. Pics were shared on Snapchat by Longoria and Instagram by Ciara.
The 35-year-old Palm Beach Gardens tennis ace and guest-of-honor is already 8 months pregnant, making the shower a very late-term affair. She was decked out in a pearl necklace, black top, yellow poodle skirt and saddle shoes with a red scarf on her head.
“We’re all in costume. We look a little freaky,” the 42-year-old Longoria asked Serena. “Why you always gotta do themes?”
“I’m done with themes! No more themes,” Serena promised in response.
Longoria—like Serena—wore a red bandanna in her hair. She paired it with a belted red dress and white tennis shoes.
Singers Ciara and Rowland each brought a great sense of style to the retro event. Ciara injected sex appeal with a cleavage-baring white blouse with a gray poodle skirt and white shoes. Rowland, for her part, showed off her Destiny’s Child flair with a skin-baring black-and-white top, white skirt and black sandals.
Venus turned up in a simple black dress with white polka dots and a large red hat.
This baby will be the first for Serena Williams and for her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, founder and chairman of Reddit.
“Obviously, [Serena] won the Australian Open while pregnant,” Ohanian commented on Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Wednesday, “and she remarked that she feels like it has to be a little girl.”
As the connection wasn’t immediately clear, Ohanian went on: “Because everything that little baby went through and handled like a champ, only a woman could be strong enough to take on.”
Whatever the baby’s gender ends up being, it seems clear that he-or-she is in good hands.