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Sloane Stephens hits the runway at New York Fashion Week

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Sloane Stephens walks the runway with actress Brittany Snow and designer Stacy Igel. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Sloane Stephens walks the runway with actress Brittany Snow and designer Stacy Igel. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Sloane Stephens is used to being being on the big stage under the bright lights with all eyes trained on her every movement, but not without a racket in her hand. The 20-year-old walked the runway for the first time as part of the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl fashion show at New York’s Fashion Week on Thursday night.

“I’m really excited because I’ve never walked in a fashion show before, so this is new for me,” Stephens told The New York Times.

Stephens admitted it was a different set of nerves that set in before the show. “On center court it’s like ‘Let’s play already, I just want to get to it.’”

“Before the show it’s nervousness like ‘I don’t want to do it.’ But I’m excited, I think I’ll be proud of it obviously, it’s something I’ve never done before. So I might be up there saying I want to do it again or I might be like — I’m never doing that again. Hopefully I will have a good experience and want to do it again.”

Stephens walks the runway alone. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Before she strutted the runway, Stephens stopped by Fox Sports 1′s Crowd Goes Wild to answer some offbeat questions (“What’s the name on your fake ID?”) and talk about her season so far and what she hopes to accomplish for the rest of the year:


  • Published On Sep 13, 2013
  • 8 comments
    JanieR.Hatton
    JanieR.Hatton

    Serena and Sloane rock the courts and the runway. Loveliness.

    Tom14
    Tom14

    Ah Yes typical USTA and America media make them a star before they achieve anything. The benefit Maria Sharapova had was she actually won Wimbledon before the creeps of the catwalk "discovered" her. Sloan please concentrate on tennis. Yes times have changed but maybe you should talk to Richard Williams about winning first glam as a hobby.

    topsport1
    topsport1

    Haven't seen Brittany in a while. She did a tv special with Jankovic years ago

    Vinny Cordoba
    Vinny Cordoba

    @Tom14 , I see your point, but she probably has a certain window of opportunity to cash in on all this before she gets usurped by the next big thing. She could wreck her knee next week and her tennis career is over and nobody cares about her anymore. Can't really blame her for enjoying it and getting paid while she can.

    Tom14
    Tom14

    @Vinny Cordoba @Tom14 Understand Vinny but we it's a tight rope. Sloan looks to have the talent to be a top ten player the Melanie Oudans, the Alexandra Stevensons etc who become the darlings of the media but can not take the next step. Ironic that the next class of american women are an abundant of african americans. While the Williams had to go back to Althea Gibson the current crop are not pioneers just Serena and Venus's legacy, it will be the blond blue eyed prodigies may in the next few years have more the bigger spotlight and pressure to be the next Evert and Austin. 

    Vinny interested in your opinion, do you think Sloans handlers think she is a can't miss, or do they see flaws in her game and want to cash in now? 

    Vinny Cordoba
    Vinny Cordoba

    @Tom14 @Vinny Cordoba , well, one thing I'd say first off: there were a couple of very good black female players between Althea and the Williams sisters -- Zina Garrison and Lori McNeal. Zina advanced to the semis in seven grand slams and made the finals in two more. She also won a gold in doubles and a bronze in singles at the '88 Olympics. Lori made two semis and a final in the Grand Slams. They are both sadly overlooked as forerunners to the Williams. 

    I'm not an expert on women's tennis. I watch the men religiously, the women sporadically. But Sloane has the game to be a top 10 player for a long time and hang a few majors. She won some as a junior, so I imagine her handlers think that too. I just think she's having a moment right now. She's young, she's bright, she's telegenic, she seems pretty comfortable in front of the camera. She's a natural for the spotlight, even though she's made some questionable comments, but what the heck, that sells too. I'm not so sure she gravitated to the publicity machine as much as it gravitated to her. When she's playing, you can't help but watch her. She has that charisma thing that so many others lack.