Serena Williams poses for daring magazine photoshoot

Serena Williams has posed for a daring photoshoot for Harper's Bazaar – with completely unretouched photos appearing on the front cover.

In the powerful images, the 23-time grand slam winner appears nude except for gold heels and a gold cape revealing one of her buttocks.

The tennis star's famous mane is loose around her shoulders, while the picture is captioned "Serena unretouched: The naked truth".

Ms Williams – who notched up a 10,000 dollar (£7,900) fine this week for damaging one of Wimbledon's pristine grass courts with her racket – said on Tuesday: "I have always been an Avenger in my heart."

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Serena Williams and Andy Murray at Wimbledon
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Serena Williams and Andy Murray at Wimbledon
Andy Murray and Serena Williams reacts during their match against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray after winning their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray celebrate winning their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray celebrate winning their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray celebrate winning their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams take against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo in the mixed doubles on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Kym Murray reacts during the mixed doubles match between Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Fabrice Martin, Raquel Atawo on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams during her mixed doubles match with Andy Murray on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams during the mixed doubles with Andy Murray match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Andy Murray during his mixed doubles match with Serena Williams on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray walk during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams and Andy Murray walk during their mixed doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
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During her quarter final match against fellow American Alison Riske, Ms Williams ditched her trademark ponytail for a swiftly tied "business bun".

She said afterwards: "I was missing a shot because [my hair] was in my face.

"I was like, 'this is not happening'.

"I just needed to get it out of the way, put the business bun up and just get to business."

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