Serena Williams once again found herself in the midst of another storm of social media after appearing on the front cover of GQ magazine.
This internationally acclaimed male publication, understandably tries its best to appease a wider audience, choose the 37-year-old tennis champion as Woman of the Year for 2018.
The award – most recently won by actor Gal Gadot in 2017 – did not sit well with a number of passionate Serena fans, who took to social media to tear apart the GQ for placing quotes around the word "woman".
Some critics claim the use of inverted commas is related to bad allegations surrounding the gender grand slam champion 23 times.
"Someone I followed showed that @GQMagazine decided to put the woman in quotation marks on Serena's cover and I was also offended and disgusted at knowing the slowness of gender and digging up people who still threw at @serenawilliams," one angry Twitter user posted.
GQ has four covers of "Men of the Year" (and one of them is a greeting for Serena Williams as "Woman of the Year"), but how great it is if they can leave the men's list and make the whole problem about women pic.twitter.com/SDIjPig1tb
– Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) November 12, 2018
I just want to know why Virgil put "women" in quotation marks on the cover of Serena Williams.
– king crissle (@crissles) November 12, 2018
They really put "Woman" in quotation marks referring to Serena and no one at the table thought that was a bad idea. I am speechless.
– King Wizard (@ChrisTheHuman_) November 12, 2018
A fast Google designer search Virgil Abloh – credited as the author on the front page under Williams' name – shows that critics may have been misdirected in the storm of their social media. The use of quotes from world-famous designers has become a trademark of his work. It has even been suggested that he owns the copyright in his "unique" style.
This is not the first time Williams has been the topic of a public debate that has heated up this year.
The explosion at the judge's seat during the US Open final with Naomi Osaka shared opinions around the world about whether she saw being treated unfairly because of her gender.
The controversy rose to the point when the cartoonist Herald Sun published a raging caricature of US stars while jumping in his racket.
The debate originated from an ongoing attack on a star nine points above his muscular physique. As early as 2018, Williams saw his constant career jabs return from offensive fans.
"People will say I was born a man, all because of my arms, or because I am strong," he told Business Insider in June. "I'm different from Venus: She's thin and tall and beautiful, and I'm strong and muscular – and beautiful, but, you know, it's really different."
He also wrote a heart-touching letter to his mother last year after becoming a mother, briefly touching on allegations of drug use.
"I am called a man because I look strong outside," he wrote. "It was said that I used drugs (No, I always had too much integrity to behave dishonestly for profit). It has been said that I am not included in Women's sports – that I am included in Men & # 39; s – because I look stronger than many other women. (No, I just worked hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it). "
Initially published as Serena's image triggers the reaction of angry fans