With the summer tennis season about to begin (the French Open starts Monday!), it seems only fitting to talk to one of the sport’s leading ladies. And that she is. As the winner both of an extraordinary 18 Grand Slam titles (just think of all the hoopla over Roger Federer’s 16), and of an astounding 6 years of consecutive wins, (which included 125 straight matches in 24 tournaments,) Chris Evert has firmly established herself as the Queen of the Court. But her accolades don’t stop there. She was also the first player to earn $1 million in career prize money (even without having been able to collect earnings prior to 1973 when she was playing while still in high school) and was just the fourth player ever to be elected unanimously into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
While the splash she’s made on the court is undeniable, so too is the splash she’s made off the court. As Tom Friend of The Washington Post said, “Chrissie was a beautiful woman playing a beautiful sport in a beautiful way, and that’s why America fell in love with her.” Her work ethic, drive and charitable passions are what made fans everywhere love her and what makes her one of The Beauty Bean’s Real Beauties.
So, we sat down with Chris Evert and asked her to weigh in on real beauty.
What do you think makes someone beautiful?
The goodness in them and the positive energy they give off.
How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
I don’t think about it. Being an athlete, I have always been comfortable and proud to be fit and strong.
If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
Be natural and embrace your strengths as well as your flaws.
What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Photography Credit: Chris Evert Facebook Fan Page