Serena Williams named woman of the year

Danny Woods
November 15, 2018

Some observers, including New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, were puzzled by this use of punctuation, which could be read as questioning Williams's identity as a woman.

The men's magazine revealed covers featuring several of its Men of the Year on Monday - including actors Michael B. Jordan, Henry Golding and Jonah Hill.

The magazine noted that Williams had "a remarkable year" and in an article, she shared "what it's like to be a black woman in America in 2018".

Additionally, each cover star is accompanied with a cover story that details their eventful 2018, while flaunting their signature and dapper looks.

While Williams is beyond due for this title, fans have taken issue with one glaring aspect of the GQ cover.

For more details, head on over to GQ. Even so, some people felt that the quotations could have been placed around a different word like "Serena".

Mick Rouse, the research manager of GQ, explained the significance of this in his own post on the Twitter thread.

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It seems the quotation marks were a stylistic choice meant to look like the handwriting of Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and the brains behind the design of Serena's athletic apparel.

Next to "Woman", outside the second quotation mark, was an asterisk.

Last year, Williams shared an open letter to her mother on Reddit, in which she addressed the offensive jabs regarding her body.

It may be a man's world, but Serena Williams is known to break the rules.

Only a year ago, Williams herself used a Reddit post to her mother to again dismiss the rumours that have dogged her career.

Her "strong and muscular" appearance caused people to say such things, Williams said. It was he who designed her dress for the US Open.

"I've been called [a] man because I appeared outwardly strong", Williams wrote. It has been said that I use drugs. The paper also published criticism of her character, saying she was "no feminist hero".

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