Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

GQ's Serena Williams cover sparks outcry, despite simple explanation

GQ's Serena Williams cover sparks outcry, despite simple explanation

The top right text reads "Introducing the 2018 "Woman" of the Year". In a teaser, the magazine promised that Williams will discuss "the US Open moment heard around the world, along with her plans for the future, her thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court appointment and what it's like to be a black woman in America in 2018". She was joined by male honourees, director of the year, Jonah Hill, as well as actors Henry Golding (star of the year) and Michael B. Jordan (leader of the year).

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has been caught in the middle of a social media storm after appearing on the front cover of GQ magazine. Abloh, who is the chief executive officer of Milan-based fashion house Off-White, is known for creating designs that utilize quotation marks around specific words.

However the word woman is written with quotes around it, and that hasn't sat well with fans.

Williams' muscular physique has been a polarising topic throughout her brilliant career, littered with titles.

However, social media users were quick to point out something odd about Serena's cover - the use of quotation marks for the word "Woman".

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Mick Rouse, identified on his Twitter bio as the research manager for GQ, is the only one from GQ or Williams' camp to comment so far.

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

The reason why some are unhappy that she's been referred to as a "woman" (in quotation marks) boils down to the hate she routinely cops about her gender.

The controversy rose to melting point when Herald Sun cartoonist published a caricature of the U.S. star having a tantrum while jumping on her racket.

Do you think people are putting too much into the cover art, or not enough? "(No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it)", Serena wrote.

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