100 Influential Black Women in Sports: WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.


That Skylar Diggins-Smith has managed to keep her private life so, well, private, is a social media miracle. The WNBA veteran has been a hot topic for almost two decades, with fans admiring her level of play, leadership and looks—which she chalks up as just being part of the job.

Diggins-Smith usually limits any conversations with those outside of her inner circle to be strictly about business. She doesn’t share much about her home life or family. She’s fiercely protective of her husband, Daniel Smith, and their three-year-old son, Seven, partly because of the scrutiny and hype she failed to escape early in her career.

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