Serena Williams named GQ Woman of the Year - but cover sparks controversy

Joann Johnston
November 14, 2018

Serena Williams, in all her athletic glory, has rightfully been crowned as GQ's Woman of the Year. The top right text reads "Introducing the 2018 "Woman" of the Year". Jordan is crowned as Leader of the Year, thanks to his dominance in the box office with his roles in Black Panther and Creed II, while also explaining his goals to take over Hollywood.

"I can't believe no one at GQ thought perhaps with misogynistic and violent trans insults that Serena (and Venus) have dealt with for the last nearly 20 years, to not put woman in quotation marks", one user suggested.

The magazine describes her as "a tennis legend", and later this week will publish an interview with her reflecting on her "remarkable year".

The internationally-acclaimed men's publication selected the 37-year-old, who has captured 23 Grand Slam titles in her illustrious career, as their sole woman of the year.

For more details, head on over to GQ.

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GQ's cover has sparked controversy on Twitter, however. Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton's creative director and the designer of Williams' buzzed-about US Open outfits, added his signature quotation marks around the word "woman", which is written in his handwriting.

But people trying to create an outrage over the cover failed to realize that the typography was handwritten by Virgil Abloh, who frequently uses quotation marks in his work.

Last year, in a post on reddit, Williams opened up about being "called a man" because of her appearance.

It's GQ's decision to put the word woman in quotation marks on Serena's cover that's infuriated fans.

It is therefore constantly implied because of her success, race and looks she is "like a man" or actually a man playing on the women's tennis circuit to win titles. Williams has spoken in the past about being called a man or shamed for her muscular body, Today notes. "It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage)".

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