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

14 November, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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GQ magazine has prompted widespread bemusement for a cover featuring Serena Williams as its "Woman" of the Year - with many questioning the use of quotation marks in the title describing the United States tennis star. She spoke to the magazine about her future plans, Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court appointment and being a black woman in America in 2018. 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.

There was no immediate comment from Williams, GQ or Abloh.

Questions aside, the honor pegs Serena as a standing icon of her sport, even after one of the most controversial points of her career.

GQ have named their Woman of the Year for 2018.

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

Last year, in a post on Reddit, Williams opened up and wrote a post addressed to her mother.

Dropping hints about what Serena talked about during the interview, the magazine, which described her as the Champion of the year said, "No matter how you cut it, Serena Williams had a remarkable year". Ridiculous conspiracies litter the internet. 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.

Quotes around the word woman on a major magazine give pause, and seem to play into that idea of lacking female characteristics while feeding gender norms, but in this case it's a compilation between artist and athlete who have taken the year by storm. "I was different to [sister] Venus: She was thin and tall and attractive, and I am strong and muscular - and handsome, but, you know, it was just totally different".

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