Serena Williams' GQ 'Woman Of The Year' Cover Sparks Controversy

Magazine cover featuring Serena Williams faces backlash

One of the oldest men's magazines in the world by GQ magazine called the American tennis player Serena Williams woman of the year.

Williams' body has been unfairly critiqued for its musculature and Blackness, as if her own existence made her any less of a woman to begin with.

The magazine's Woman of the Year edition was released alongside three others, with covers celebrating actors Jonah Hill, Michael B. Jordan and Henry Golding as GQ's 2018 Men of the Year.

Williams' cover shows the athlete standing powerfully in a long-sleeve black turtleneck bodysuit.

Additionally, each cover star is accompanied with a cover story that details their eventful 2018, while flaunting their signature and dapper looks.

Some people were not happy that her name was next to the handwritten word "woman" on one of the four December covers.

For more details, head on over to GQ.

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Some people feel that fans are being too sensitive about the quotation marks, which are often misused to show emphasis rather than quotes.

Mark Rouse, research manager at GQ, commented on the backlash by defending Abloh's design. The controversy stems from the word men crossed out and replaced by "woman".

Serena Williams can't seem to catch a break as of late. Their silence was filled by those online defending Williams, with some noting both she and her sister Venus have had to struggle with misgendering throughout their illustrious careers.

She also penned an emotional letter on Reddit past year, in which she gave insight into dealing with her appearance being scrutinized since the age of 15.

Last year, in a post on Reddit, Williams opened up and wrote a post addressed to her mother.

She has acknowledged being aware of such scrutiny, saying in a May interview with Harper's Bazaar that she had read internet conspiracy theories that she was born a man.

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