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Serena Williams fans are furious with their GQ Woman of the Year cover



Serena earned her year-old woman after a few challenging months (Photo: Getty Images)

Serena Williams called GQ's year-old woman should be a celebrating milestone.

The 37-year-old tennis star is the only woman featured on one of GQ's four coverings for December together with Michael B Jordan, Jonah Hill and Henry Golding.

The Honan is following the year that has been a challenging year of ups and downs for Serena when she returned to work after her daughter, Olympia's birth last year, but suffered some losses on the court including Wimbledon.

However, the cover the word "woman" in double quotes next to her image with "men" crossed – and the fans are not best satisfied.

Some Serena fans wondered why she was not completely dressed as the rooster cushion (Picture: GQ / Conde Nast)

It turns out that the "woman" logo was designed by Louis Vuitton's artistic director Virgil Abloh, who famously uses the font in his pattern. But that explanation has been enough to make up critics who think quotes are in "bad taste".

Comments on Twitter have included:

Mark Rouse, Research Director at GQ, waded in to solve the backlash by defending Virgil's design.

The executive said: "Because it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, who has styled everything in quotation marks so late (see Serena's US Open clothes that he designed).

"It's literally tagged / quoted around it because it's Virgil's own style / branding, including in his partnership with Nike and Serena himself. It's the only" message "behind it."

Not everyone bought Mark's reasoning, but as a Twitter follower, he replied: "Everyone knows Virgil. We know his pattern." We get the quotation. "That does not mean putting quotes around the woman, making it less insensitive especially with regard to masculinization of Serena and black women in general! [sic]'

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Quote marks were not the only critics were not satisfied, as another critic noted: "Question: why does the woman become half-dressed and the men should be completely dressed? …

Since it's really the only way GQ thinks they can move a magazine with a woman on the cover, is it making her look desirable? … Never remember that she is honored for her achievements.


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