GQ copped an angry response on social media after using the word "woman" to describe Serena Williams.
Williams is named in this year's quartet alongside actors Michael B Jordan, Jonah Hill, and Henry Golding. However, instead of styling Williams' title simply as "Woman of the Year", the word "man" is scratched out and there are quotation marks only around the word "woman".
Still, people argued that more thought should have gone into GQ's use of quotations in this instance.
While it appeared as an embracing move by the GQ magazine, fans accused the magazine of mocking Williams gender controversy.More news: World Business Report, Menthol cigarettes could be banned
Mick Rouse, who is, according to his Twitter bio, a Research Manager at GQ, soon defended the publication. On hers, the word "Men" had been crossed out, with "Woman" scribbled above in quotation marks.
Williams has always been scrutinised over her apperance, with her muscular frame standing out in women's tennis. A second asterisk is found below the sub-head "The Champion, Serena Williams" on the bottom left-hand corner of the cover. Abloh even teamed up with Williams herself for the tennis player's US Open outfit, which featured "Serena" in quotations on trainers and "Logo" on Williams' tutu dress.
Considered the queen of tennis, she admitted in a May 2018 interview with Harper's Bazaar that she had read internet conspiracy theories that she was born a man. Just don't insult her because in your opinion she looks like a man, and respect her accomplishments in the world of sports and the culture at large. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it). She also believes that along with being strong and muscular, there is also a tangible beauty to her physique.