Serena Williams & Virgil Abloh's 'GQ' Cover Sparks Commentary

Abloh’s quotation marks may have gotten him in hot water.

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Any decisive year-end list will inevitably incite some controversy, and GQ‘s “Man & Woman of the Year” magazine covers are no exception. Along with the usual discussion of whether one celebrity deserved it over another, one issue has stuck out beyond the others: controversy over Virgil Abloh‘s hand-drawn addition to Serena Williams‘ cover.

Williams is the sole woman among the four stars, and her cover features Abloh’s personalizations to reflect that: In the “MEN OF THE YEAR” sidebar, “MEN” is crossed out and “WOMAN” is scrawled above, between the designer’s signature quotation marks. Those quotes, however, have roiled some Twitter users, who felt that the quotations around “WOMAN” were disrespectful to the tennis star. Though GQ contributor Mick Rouse attempted to allay the unintentional slight, users both aware of and unfamiliar with Abloh’s work voiced their concerns across the social media platform.

Look for the controversial cover to hit store shelves in December. Abloh has collaborated with and supported Williams throughout the year, ranging from gifting the athlete bespoke goods to honoring Williams with a special sneaker release.

Elsewhere, Slick Rick joined GQ to break down his infamous jewelry collection.

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