Shortly after announcing actor Michael B. Jordan as the recipient of its coveted ‘Man of the Year’ title (click here to read), ‘GQ’ unveiled Serena Williams would be its ‘Woman of the Year.’
The tennis champion – whose year was highlighted by a bit of controversy after a devastating loss to Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows (where she called an umpire a “thief”) – saw the cover court a bit more controversy after fans mistook the intention of the mag’s typography.
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Readers quickly noted when ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot was crowned the mag’s ‘Woman of the Year’ last year there were no quotation marks around the word “woman.” Yet, such couldn’t be said for Williams’ cover. The blow comes as yet another perceived criticism on the 37-year-old’s physique (something’s that’s plagued most of her professional career).
CNN offered the following explanation for the typography, however:
…the typography was handwritten by designer Virgil Abloh, who uses quotation marks in his work. Abloh collaborated with Williams and Nike for the player’s US Open outfit which featured “Serena” in quotations on her trainers and “Logo” on her tutu dress.