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Press Release: Venus Williams to Announce Fashionable New Business Tuesday, November 12, at Pacific Design Center

Monday November 11, 6:48 pm ET

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 2002--Her style and taste on the tennis court are impeccable. She has designs on setting new standards in life. She's made it clear that she loves fashion, and companies are using her talents to design clothes, furniture and cosmetics.

Venus Williams, winner of four Grand Slam singles tennis titles (including the U.S. Open and Wimbledon) and the 2000 Olympic Gold Medal, who was competing in the Women's Tennis Association Championships in Los Angeles last week, has been practicing her serve and backhand and applying the same determination people see on the court towards the launch of her own company next week.

Don't worry. Tennis remains #1. That's the reason she's waiting until the tournament ends Monday night to announce her second career. But, as tennis fans know, there's more to Venus than tennis; and this Southern California native wants to announce her plans in Los Angeles at the end of the current year-end championships.

Please join Venus on Tuesday, November 12, at noon in the SilverScreen Lobby of the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, to meet with, see and hear what one of the world's most-accomplished women is adding to her resume.

Your coverage is invited.
WHO: Venus Williams, currently #2 ranked woman tennis player in the world and fashion consultant to companies.
WHAT: Will announce her new company, which she will oversee in addition to continuing her tennis career. She will have visuals, as well.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12th Noon
WHERE: SilverScreen Lobby
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood

From New York Post: Off the Court, Venus Takes on Interiors
Jenny Bailly

Tennis star Venus Williams, knocked out of the WTA Tour Championship Sunday with an ankle injury, revealed Tuesday at a press conference at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center that she has opened her own interior design firm, called "V. Starr Interiors" (her full name is Venus Ebony Starr Williams).

Venus, the elder of the Williams sisters, is president and CEO of the new company, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Champion of two Wimbledons and a U.S. Open, this young entrepreneur certainly has enough seed money to fund the new venture. She said Tuesday that she began crafting the business plan in April and already has two clients.

Both Williams sisters have made almost as many headlines for their sense of style as they have for their athletic prowess. The young women attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and often design their own clothes. Venus inked a three-year deal with Wilsons Leather in December 2000, and her collection for the Minneapolis-based retailer launched last fall.

Williams said at her press conference Tuesday that she will complete her associate's degree in fashion design next year, and has already been certified as an interior decorator.