GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) —It should be an honor to be recognized as GQ’s Woman of the Year, given the fact the magazine is primarily seen as a men’s magazine.
But like many things with tennis star Serena Williams, gracing the cover of GQ has come with some controversy.
She’s on the cover donned in a sexy number and the word man is crossed out with the word woman in quotation marks.
People quickly took to social media to voice their displeasure.
One person tweeted, “In the context of Serena Williams, a person who has been mocked for her appearance and deliberately misgendered for years… this ain’t it, Virgil.”
Another person wrote, “I can’t believe no one at GQ thought perhaps with misogynistic and violent trans insults that Serena (and Venus) have dealt with for the last almost 20 years, to not put woman in quotation marks.”
The man who designed the GQ cover is Virgil Abloh — who also designed Williams’ U.S. Open outfit.
His supporters say it’s just his way of conveying a sense of “ironic detachment.”