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Tennis superstar and lady mogul Serena Williams graces the cover on one of GQ Magazine’s special fourth-quarter issues, which annually pay tribute to the publication’s chosen men and women of the year.
However, GQ’s editorial staff sparked controversy with the 2018 Williams cover for putting quotation marks around the word woman. For the upcoming December issue of GQ, Williams is on the cover looking her usual gorgeous self in a very $exy and feminine black long-sleeved turtleneck leotard.
The culprit behind the controversial GQ cover stunt was Virgil Abloh, the very same fashion maven who designed the garb Williams donned at this year’s U.S. Open. Abloh and Williams have also collaborated with Nike on a special apparel line of their own.
Mick Rouse, GQ’s research manager said that Abloh worked with the magazine in designing the cover and that putting the word “woman” in quotation marks was something the designer has experimented with frequently as of late. However, the Twitter minions were not impressed at all.
“I 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 f**king disaster, all over this country. I’m offended for her,” tweeted @seabethree.
Below, you can watch a video of an E! News report about the public backlash over GQ’s Serena Williams “Woman of the Year” front cover fiasco.
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