Serena Williams' GQ Woman of the Year cover called 'weird AF' by Twitter users

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Serena Williams’ GQ cover has sparked controversy on Twitter. [Photo: Twitter]
Serena Williams’ GQ cover has sparked controversy on Twitter. [Photo: Twitter]

Serena Williams is featured on the cover of GQ magazine as their Woman of the Year – but people on Twitter are not happy about it.

The cover was released yesterday evening in a tweet by the US edition of GQ, introducing Serena alongside Men of the Year Michael Jordan, Jonah Hill and Henry Golding.

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However, social media users were quick to point out something strange about Serena’s cover – the use of quotation marks for the word “Woman”.

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Some pointed the disparity between this cover and Gal Gadot’s Woman of the Year cover from last year.

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Mick Rouse, who is, according to his Twitter bio, a Research Manager at GQ, soon defended the publication.

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 famously wore an Off-White tutu, in response to the catsuit ban, at the US Open this year.

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While some accepted this explanation, others were less convinced by it.

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Someone else called it inappropriate given “the context of Serena Williams”, whose appearance has been criticised in the past.

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Earlier this year, Australian paper Herald Sun was condemned as after publishing a cartoon about Serena Williams which was deemed racist and sexist.

Serena has previously spoken out about the cruel comments surrounding her body, as part of a Reddit thread.

“I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong,” she wrote in a post addressed to her mother.

“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).

“It has been said 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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