Serena Williams named GQ Woman of the Year - but cover sparks controversy

Carla Harmon
November 14, 2018

Chasing a record-equaling 24th major, Williams lost in both finals, falling to a straight-sets defeat to Anqelique Kerber at Wimbledon and a controversial loss to Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows, where she was docked a game after calling the umpire a "thief".

Now, as the season winds down, the awards recognizing Williams' accomplishments are starting to pour in.

Tennis Great Serena Williams is adding to her accolades.

Yet, many fans applauded the magazine for including her in the magazine's best of round up. She spoke to the magazine about her future plans, Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court appointment and being a black woman in America in 2018.


After her comeback from pregnancy and a threatening disease, the magazine have chosen tennis ace Serena Williams.

Mick Rouse, who per his Twitter bio is a GQ research manager, noted the word was handwritten by US fashion designer Virgil Abloh. She most notably wore his black tutu design during the first round of the US Open. Many a times, the victor of 23 singles titles has been called a man due to her appearance.

- ROCHELLE RILEY (@rochelleriley)I can't believe no one at GQ thought perhaps with misogynistic and violent trans insults that Serena (and Venus) have dealt with for the last nearly 20 years, to not put woman in quotation marks.

Mick Rouse, identified on his Twitter bio as the research manager for GQ, is the only one from GQ or Williams' camp to comment so far.


Last year, Serena Williams wrote an open letter to the aggregate linking website, Reddit, and said people have called her all kinds of nasty things throughout her career, including a "man" and "masculine".

"I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong", she wrote in a post addressed to her mother.

At the beginning of October, during an interview with Adweek, Serena claims she likes to use sensationalist news stories as a way of helping her brand. It has been said that I use drugs. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).


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