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The goat, Serena Williams, landed the cover with GQ Magazine just months after being penalized out of winning the Grand Slam tournament.
Apparently, the cover is causing quite a bit of controversy.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner posed on the cover of the magazine sporting a black long-sleeve turtleneck leotard as the “Woman” Of The Year.
The problem with the cover is that people are questioning the reasoning behind the quotation marks on the word woman.
CHECK OUT THE COVER FOR YOURSELF, THEN LETS GET INTO IT!
Serena Williams: GQ Magazine 2018 issue
FANS HOPPED ON TWITTER QUICK, CALLING THE MAGAZINE OUT FOR SEEMINGLY QUESTINONING THE MOTHER OF ONE’S FEMININITY.
” 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 almost 20 years, to not put woman in quotation marks. Editorial rooms are a fucking disaster, all over this country. I’m offended for her.”
“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. I Really Really Need to Know. I’m Expecting an Answer!”
According to BET, the tennis star shared an open letter on Reddit expressing the judgment she has experienced due to her muscular physique.
“I’ve been called a man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that I use drugs. It has been said that I don’t belong in Women’s sports. That I belong in Men’s, because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).”
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While many suspected foul play, According to GQ’s research manager, that isn’t the case at all.
The font used for the word woman was handwritten by Williams close friend and off-
White Creator, Virgil Abloh.
Who apparently uses quotation marks in his work, including collaborations with Nike for Serena’s US open outfit.
MIKE ROUSE, WHOSE TWITTER BIO READS GQ RESEARCH MANAGER, ATTEMPTED TO EXPLAIN:
“Because it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, who has styled everything in quotation marks as of late (see Serena’s US Open apparel that he designed).”
“It quite literally has tags/quotations around it because that’s Virgil’s own style/branding, including in his partnership with Nike and Serena herself. That’s the only “message” behind it.”
EVEN WITH ALL THE FACTS, FANS STILL TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS.
“Everyone knows Virgil. We know his designs. We get the quotations. Doesn’t mean putting quotes around woman makes it any less insensitive esp. considering the masculinization of Serena and black women in general!”
“If his thing is “quotes” – It should have been “Woman of the Year”. I’m skeptical that someone didn’t know exactly what they were doing. Otherwise they “live in a cave” and/or were insensitive to it. “Enuf is Enuf”
Do you think people are making a big deal out of nothing, or not enough?
Drop how you feel in the comment section below!
FYI: The cover will be released on Thursday (Nov.15) alongside three other GQ “Men OF The Year” 2018 publications. Featuring actors Michael B. Jordan, Jonah Hill and Henry Golding.