Grazia: Maria Talks Playing Tennis With Anna
Wintour and Her Willy Wonka Career Move
Last night Grazia Daily had a one on one with the female
powerhouse that is, Maria Sharapova at the launch of her new sweet
range, Sugarpova at Selfridges. Looking divine in Pre Fall Chloe
and some super high yellow Christian Louboutins we were mesmerised
by the woman who has become a one woman brand. Last year Maria set
up her sweet line, was the face of Tag Heuer, became the first
female Russian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympic
games, continued to design her own line for Nike and became only
the tenth woman to win all four tennis grand slams. Casual! Its
safe to say we are in complete awe, plus her team confessed that
Maria was a major Grazia fan!
So what did we ask the highest paid sportswoman in the world? Well
we talked Charlie and The Chocolate Factory inspirations, Anna
Wintour and just how simple her pre-court beauty ritual is. Check
out the top ten things we found out from the tennis ace and scroll
down to see her on and off court style file.
1. Maria sees herself as a Willy Wonka of the future….
I did really love that movie (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
you might call it an early inspiration for Sugarpova! I have
watched it hundreds of times, not recently though but I have
watched it many, many times! I have always loved it and the whole
experience of candy and that comes from having such a sweet tooth
and the love of the candy experience.
2. In a Willy Wonka esque 'Maria Sharapova and The Sweet Factory'
musical guess who Maria would want to play her…
Oh gosh, I love Gwyneth Paltrow! It would have to be her. And we
are almost the same height!
3. Anna Wintour is her go to guru….
She gives me great advice on the different projects I have done in
my career and when I first thought about Sugarpova I went into her
offices to pick her brain, discussed my vision and how I saw it and
she gave incredible input. You know she has been in the business
for so many years so its nice to have her support definitely.
4. Wintour is also her dream fashion doubles partner….
Well Anna plays a lot so she's secretly an incredible player and
would be great around the court!
5. And with Anna on her team she would want to compete
Oh gosh! That would be fun. Maybe Tom Ford and Mario Testino. That
would be a good one! (How chic!!!!)
6. How she dresses on court is crucial to her performance…
It's good to feel comfortable with what you are wearing, because
you obviously don't want to worry about anything except the match
and how you play. So with what you are wearing it's just extremely
important to be comfortable and confident.
7. She wants to push the boundaries with her tennis wear…
I like to be unique to what's out there on the market. I have had
my own collection with Nike for a couple of years now so we try to
create pieces that are unexpected to the eye and they are maybe not
the best seller, you know a polo shirt in tennis will always be a
best seller because you go to a traditional club and everyone is
playing in a polo and a skirt. But we want to push the boundaries
and do something interesting and exciting and that's always been my
goal in life in general!
8. She is thankful for the legacy of Billie Jean King (our hero of
I feel really proud to be in the position I am in today and to
help the generation ahead of me. I had Billie Jean King who helped
so much when I was a junior, she saw the generation coming up and
she knew they would be the ones facing today's world and she
created this opportunity for us. I am so pleased to be part of the
40th Anniversary celebration of the WTA (which Billie Jean King was
instrumental in setting up!).
9. Her pre match beauty ritual consists of….
It's so simple, it's a pony tail and sun screen. I always practice
outside so sunscreen is so important, if I had to get rid of
everything from my beauty bag and only have one product left it
would be sunscreen!
10. Maria won't be doing a 'Victoria Beckham' anytime soon.
I have been really fortunate to be part of different
collaborations (Maria is the face of Tag Heuer) but at the end of
the day I only just started Sugarpova last year, I want to build
this into a world-wide brand. There are still so many countries I
want to see it in. It's import to keep my feet on the ground before
exploring other areas.
It's safe to say Maria is our girl crush of the moment. We will be
your towel girls at Wimbledon next week Maria, for sure! Take a
look at the gallery above to see Maria's on court and off court
Sugarpova is available exclusively at Selfridges for £4.99