GQ criticised over Serena Williams 'woman' quotation marks on front cover

Serena Williams named GQ's 'Woman of the Year'

GQ magazine sparked controversy on social media with a new cover that celebrates tennis star Serena Williams as its 2018 Woman of the Year.

Henry Golding has been named Star of the Year, breaking out in the successful Crazy Rich Asians film, and deeming himself as one of the industry's must-hire new actors, while Jonah Hill is appointed Director of the Year, for his wonderful work on the coming-of-age skater flick Mid90s.

Though all four covers were released on Monday, fans will have to wait until Thursday to read Williams' interview.

As recently as this May year, Williams told Harpers Bazaar magazine: "People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong".




"They really put "Woman" in quotes in reference to Serena and no one at the table thought it was a bad idea". Abloh collaborated with Williams and Nike for the player's US Open outfit which featured "Serena" in quotations on her trainers and "Logo" on her tutu dress.

Williams' muscular physique has been a contradictory topic throughout her brilliant career. It has been said that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). "I was different to Venus: She was thin and tall and handsome, and I am strong and muscular - and handsome, but, you know, it was just totally different". "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".

It's not the first time Williams has been the topic of heated public debate this year.

She fired up at the chair umpire during the US Open final with Japan's Naomi Osaka, which divided opinions around the world over whether she was treated unfairly because of her gender.

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