GQ magazine has caused some controversy on social media after releasing a new cover which features tennis star Serena Williams as its 2018 Woman of the Year.
Monday, on Twitter, users wondered why the word “woman” was in quotation marks.
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.— King Wizard (@ChrisTheHuman_) November 12, 2018
According to Mick Rouse, a GQ research manager, the word was handwritten by fashion designer and Rockford native Virgil Abloh.
Abloh collaborated with Williams for a Nike collection and designed the tutus she wore in the U.S. Open.
Rouse said on Twitter that Abloh “has styled everything in quotation marks as of late (see Serena’s US open apparel that he designed)
Because it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, who has styled everything in quotation marks as of late (see Serena’s US Open apparel that he designed)— Mick Rouse (@mickrouse) November 12, 2018
100% understand the concerns your raising, and it’s not something lost on me. But that’s the truth behind the cover— Mick Rouse (@mickrouse) November 12, 2018