Here's Why Serena William's GQ Woman of the Year Cover is Controversial

Magazine cover featuring Serena Williams faces backlash

The honorees include, Michael B Jordan of the Black Panther fame, Henry Golding, who was the lead actor in Crazy Rich Asians.

Some people were not happy that her name was next to the handwritten word "woman" on one of the four December covers.

Gal Gadot, the actress who plays Wonder Woman, received the honors previous year without the quotes.

GQ's decision to put quote marks around the word "woman" sparked outrage on social media.

The cover has caused some controversy.

Williams collaborated with Abloh for a Nike collection, and he designed the tutus she wore at this year's U.S. Open.

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GQ research manager Mick Rouse was quick to set in to explain the stylistic inclusion, in an attempt to quell the flames of fury on Twitter. "Seriously how can you argue with this, " said another user.

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

A 23-time Grand Slam champion who returned to the court this year following the birth of her daughter in September 2017, Williams appeared on the cover of the magazine this week.

The magazine describes her as "a tennis legend", and later this week will publish an interview with her reflecting on her "remarkable year".

It is therefore constantly implied because of her success, race and looks she is "like a man" or actually a man playing on the women's tennis circuit to win titles. "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)".

"[GQ] chose to put woman in quotes on Serena's cover and I too am offended and disgusted knowing the gender slights and digs people still throw at [Serena]", one person tweeted. "(No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it)".

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