Serena named GQ's 'Woman of the Year'

Serena Williams on the cover of GQ Magazine 2018

While GQ's issue is usually called the "Men of the Year" issue, the publication chose to switch things up for Serena's cover, seeing how she is one of very few women featured (Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot also has a cover).

The cover was released yesterday evening in a tweet by the USA edition of GQ, introducing Serena alongside Men of the Year Michael Jordan, Jonah Hill and Henry Golding.

The December cover is what sparked controversy for the magazine, with the feature on Williams set to be released online Thursday.

The outlet's decision to put the word "woman" in quotes, as handwritten by designer and Williams collaborator, Virgil Abloh, that is turning some heads on Twitter.

A blow-up at the chair umpire during her US Open final with Naomi Osaka split opinions around the world over whether she saw treated unfairly because of her gender.

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. "I was different to Venus: She was thin and tall and lovely, and I am strong and muscular - and handsome, but, you know, it was just totally different", Serena said.

Williams is a strong, black, female tennis player who owned the No. 1 ranking for years and came back 10 months after almost dying while giving birth to her daughter.

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

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.

On hers, the word men is crossed out and replaced by the word "woman" - in a different font and in quotation marks. "You can use typography and wording to completely change the perception of a thing without changing anything about it" Abloh explained "If I take a men's sweatshirt and write "woman" on its back, that's art".

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