Why GQ Referred to Serena Williams as a 'Woman'

Ruben Ruiz
November 15, 2018

GQ will roll out the four cover stories throughout the week, starting with "Michael B. Jordan Will Be King", followed by Golding's on Tuesday, Hill's on Wednesday and concluding with Serena's on Thursday. Williams collaborated with Abloh for a Nike collection, and he designed the tutus she wore at this year's U.S. Open.

@GQMagazine Please explain to me why GQ Magazine's Editorial Team felt that quote marks were necessary on the Serena Williams' Woman of the Year Cover.

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Acceptable uses of quotation marks include titles like "stable genius" Donald Trump or "self-made billionaire" Kylie Jenner.

Immediately that raised eyebrows and had folks on Twitter questioning GQ about the decision calling the move disrespectful and wondering how could they allow such a thing to happen?

Fans of the tennis legend - regarded as the greatest sportswoman ever - were quick to lambast the magazine over the cover wording. Abloh's brand Off White prominently features words written in between quotation marks.

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He pointed out the quotation marks were handwritten on the cover by Off-White fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who famously uses quotation marks in his creations. Serena Williams was the fourth. Critics of the publication accused them of mocking Williams, suggesting that the outlet suggested she looks like a man - a frequent insult haters use to make fun of Serena and her sister, Venus.

Back in May, Williams opened up about being "called a man" because of her appearance.

In the past, Williams had spoken about how she would get called a man due to her muscular body and had mentioned the same in one of her reddit posts.

She also addressed the issue in May.

Considered the queen of tennis, she admitted in a May 2018 interview with Harper's Bazaar that she had read internet conspiracy theories that she was born a man.

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