Serena Williams Named 'GQ' Woman Of the Year

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Serena Williams attends the Imagine Ball to benefit Imagine LA, presented by John Terzian and Val Vogt, on Sept. 23, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Jonah Hill, Henry Golding and Michael B. Jordan have also been named as the magazine's Men of the Year.

Serena Williams has been crowned with the 2018 Woman of the Year title by GQ magazine, but the stylization of the text on the December publication has sparked a backlash on social media.

The 37-year-old tennis superstar stands fierce in her cover image, sporting a chain-decorated black turtleneck bodysuit. The controversy comes from the way the word “Woman” is put in quotes, which left many feeling Serena had been mocked.

Others, including GQ research manager Mick Rouse, have pointed out that the typography was handwritten by designer Virgil Abloh, who is known for having a style that frequently uses quotation marks. Abloh previously worked with Williams and Nike on her US Open apparel, which featured the words "Serena" and "Logo" in quotation marks on her trainers and tutu dress.

This year’s other Men of the Year honorees include Michael B. Jordan, Henry Golding and Jonah Hill.

View GQ’s December covers below and Mick Rouse's tweet below.


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