Simone Biles Makes New ‘Vogue’ Cover

Beautiful shoot, which took place in town of Spring, was originally intended to tout 2020 Olympics.

Simone Biles Makes New ‘Vogue’ Cover

Houston's hometown heroine, gymnastics great Simone Biles — who was on track to become the medal-winningest Olympian ever when the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo were postponed till next year due to the coronavirus pandemic — has stuck a landing on the August cover of Vogue. The fashion magazine also put out a separate digital-only cover featuring Biles.


The photos, taken by the famed Annie Leibovitz, took place in the Houston suburb of Spring in February. Biles was intended to grace the cover of a pre-Olympics issue earlier this year, said Vogue on its Instagram page.

'Vogue' Print Cover'Vogue' Print Cover

In her interview with the mag, Biles says she was “torn and broken" when she learned the Games were postponed, although she agreed it was the right call. She says her workouts were totally upended by the Covid lockdown, and that she even considered not competing in 2021. But eventually she chose to stay the course, and she picked her training back up, in a makeshift way for a while — with online “twerking" classes, and Zoom training sessions with coaches, among other efforts. Recently, more typical training and practice sessions have resumed.

'Vogue' Digital Cover'Vogue' Digital Cover

The athlete also speaks out on the racial unrest sparked by the killing of Houstonian George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. “We need justice for the Black community," she tells Vogue. “With the peaceful protests it's the start of change, but it's sad that it took all of this for people to listen. Racism and injustice have existed for years with the Black community."

Biles is currently the most decorated U.S. gymnast of all time, with a total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals. She is a five-time all-around world champion. Legendary gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who also lives in Houston, has called Biles “the greatest gymnast ever."

Style
Alto Rideshare Names Its Top Spots for Houston Restaurant Weeks!

HOUSTON FOODIES ARE out this month, and those in the know are getting from restaurant to restaurant in the rideshare service that has taken the industry by a storm.

Keep ReadingShow less

Casey Larkin Blond in her just-opened Southampton boutique Mr. Larkin

CASEY LARKIN BLOND knows fashion: Her great-grandmother taught Victor Costa how to sew and was Houston’s go-to wedding dress designer; her mother created a private label for Neiman Marcus and Bloomindales. “I was a shop kid,” she says. “My life was always clothing, retail and buying. It was all around me."

Keep ReadingShow less
Style

Matthew and Audrey White, Julie Longoria Chen and Stephen Chen

DOZENS OF HOUSTON do-gooders chilling in Colorado this summer gathered for a mountain-chic soiree in support of Memorial Hermann.
Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places