Rockford native Virgil Abloh draws ire for controversial GQ cover featuring Serena Williams

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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.

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)

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