Controversy has booked a special place in Serena Williams’ life. Whenever she escapes one social media storm, there is another social media outrage already waiting for her. This time Serena Williams made it to the cover of the GQ magazine. However certain aspects of the GQ magazine cover has her fans furious.
The GQ Magazine Puts Serena Williams Gender Controversy Up For Debate
The magazine which critics acclaim for the special attention and space it hives to the male sex underwent some creative changes to appeal a wider range of audience. However, this did not go well with either its readers or with the of Serena Williams. Over the years the GQ magazine cover has featured several men in its ‘Man of the Year’ title. This time around the 37 year-old tennis champion, Serena Williams, graced its cover the first GQ Woman of the Year. While it appeared as an embracing move by the GQ magazine, fans accused the magazine of mocking Williams gender controversy.
The GQ magazine cover listed the word “woman” in inverted commas. This subsequently led several readers to believe that it was an obvious reference to the ugly gender accusations that were earlier placed on 23-time Grand Slam winner.
Fans Are Furious
Enraged fans took on to Twitter to express their frustration over the disrespectful mention by the magazine. Fans; however, where were pleased to see how elegant Serena looked on the GQ magazine cover.
“They really put “Woman” in quotes in reference to Serena and no one at the table thought it was a bad idea. I’m speechless.”
“I wish they hadn’t put woman in quotation marks but Serena looks great.”
“i just wanna know why virgil put “woman” in quotation marks on a serena williams cover.”
Quotation Marks Just A GQ Magazine Cover Style?
However, the truth of the controversy lies in the signature style of writer Virgil Abroh. Abroh is the designer of the GQ magazine cover. He is known to use quotation marks as a trademark for his work. In fact, some sources even quote that Abroh has copyright his “unique” writing fashion.
Serena Williams Weighs In On Her Gender Controversy
Fans have, over the years, often offended Serena Williams with their remarks on her muscular anatomy. Serena defended her case early this year when she talked about how her years of rigorous sports had shaped her body to become less womanly. Serena is proud of her physique, which she calls “badass”. She also believes that along with being strong and muscular, there is also a tangible beauty to her physique.
Serena surely doesn’t shy away from speaking up against injustice. But it’s not like our favorite tennis player doesn’t have a side to her that’s really fun. Recently, she asked her Twitter followers who their favorite Avengers was.