GQ did not name Seren Williams as his 2018 year-old woman. It named him his "Woman" in 2018 – and the quotes aroused concern for their fans.
The men's fashion magazine presented this week with upcoming topics – one cover for Williams, three other GQ "Men of the Year" – and was immediately condemned for social media. One of the most historically advantageous tennis games, Mrs. Williams has a muscular body design that she said last year that people called her husband or told her that she was in men's sport.
Critics have argued that using women's footprints for the Williams series seems to call into question his gender or femininity – a troupe with at least one touch of transphobia.
"Everyone who says this is attainable, you need to consider the context of Seren's career and how people are angry and have challenged him and Venus's femininity because of his strength and athletics," writes one Twitter user, referring to his sister, Venus Williams. "In this context, it was a bad choice."
Another user said that GQ should be better off considering "misogynistic and violent trans stroke that Serena (and Venus) has been facing for the last nearly 20 years."
GQ immediately returned an email looking for a comment. But Mick Rouse, magazine research director, said tweet that there was a perfectly reasonable explanation: the word "woman" on the cover was handled by Virgil Abloh, an outstanding designer who created Mrs. Williams apparel and who often use quotes in their work.
Mr Abloh, the longtime creator of Kanye West and the founder of the street sign Off-White, is a familiar name for many GQ fashion conscious readers. In March, he was called the Louis Vuitton artistic director of men's clothing.
Indeed, USA U.S. The open positions replaced by Williams were quotes around words like "LOGO" and "SERENA".
But not all GQ readers – or the countless others who saw the flow of social media – were familiar with Mr Abloh's designs or his relationship with Williams. To them, it was a deliberate choice of punctuation marks.
Perhaps it has become less pronounced if someone other than Williams, who has often debated the fight against sexism, has been honored. Last year, in an open letter to her mother, she said that she was called a man "because I appeared externally powerful".
"It's said that I do not belong to women's sports – that I belong to men – because I look stronger than many other women," she wrote in Reddit, adding that she was working hard and was born with the body she is proud of.
Mrs. Williams gave birth to a daughter in 2017 and returned to 2018 to complete the Wimbledon and US US final, losing both. Her next Grand Slam Single Championship will attract 24 high scores.
The open loss of her USA was an unforgettable suppressed argument with the judge of the chair, which many saw as a common sexist illustration. The judge warned her about using the trainer's stands, then assessed the penalty when she grabbed her rocket and broke it.
"There are men who are doing much worse here," she referred to the judges, "but since I am a woman, because I am a woman, will you take it away from me? It's not right."
Billie Jean King, a former top tennis player, supported him at that time, arguing that she had been given a "double standard".