Serena named GQ's Woman of the Year

Serena Williams named GQ's 'Woman of the Year'

GQ magazine in hot water over Serena Williams front cover

Though all four covers were released on Monday, fans will have to wait until Thursday to read Williams' interview.

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".

Williams returned to the court this year after giving birth and suffering pregnancy-induced complications. This time, it wasn't the photo, itself, that was the problem, but the way in which they spelled the word "woman".

Many people recognize Virgil's style, as he likes to handwrite things using quotation marks around the word.

Gal Gadot, the actress who plays Wonder Woman, received the honors previous year without the quotes.

GQ research manager Mick Rouse was quick to set in to explain the stylistic inclusion, in an attempt to quell the flames of fury on Twitter.

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The black tutu dress Williams wore to the USA open was designed by Abloh in collaboration with Nike, which featured the word logo in the same style.

One Twitter user said: "Someone didn't think that through very well".

The social media buzz was off base, considering the magazine tried to explain it beforehand, but it taps into a hot button issue not only in today's society but in Williams' career.

It is therefore constantly implied because of her success, race and looks she is "like a man" or actually a man playing on the women's tennis circuit to win titles.

In 2017, Serena opened up about being "called a man" because of her strong appearance. It has been said that I use drugs.

When fans saw the magazine and how Off-White designer and guest creative director Virgil Abloh placed the handwritten word woman in quotation marks, they cried foul, according to The Independent.

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