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Serena Williams under fire for controversial GQ cover

In the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons. I wonder when people are going to leave this amazing athlete alone. Like so many other times in the past, women's tennis player Serena Williams has once again found herself in the middle of another social media storm after appearing on the front cover of GQ magazine. Yes you read right-GQ.
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Nothing wrong with picking the legendary female tennis star to grace its cover. The internationally-acclaimed men's publication, understandably trying its best to appease a wider range of readers, picked the 37-year-old tennis champ as its Woman of the Year for 2018.
The honour — last won by actor Gal Gadot in 2017 — didn't sit well with a number of ardent Serena fans, who took to social media to tear into GQ for placing quotation marks around the word "woman".

She's often been hounded for her overly muscular physique. But Some critics claimed the use of the inverted commas were linked to ugly accusations surrounding the 23-time grand slam champion's gender.

 "Someone I follow pointed out that @GQMagazine decided to put woman in quotes on Serena's cover and I too am offended and disgusted knowing the gender slights and digs people still throw at @serenawilliams," one furious Twitter user posted.

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Serena Williams GQ cover
It turns out the outraged critics were actually barking up the wrong tree. A quick Google search of designer Virgil Abloh — who is credited as the handwriter on the front page under Williams' name — suggests the critics may have misfired in their social media storm. The world famous designer's use of quotation marks has become a trademark of his work. It has even been suggested he copyright his "unique" style.


Media and social media have had a field day for years criticizing the tennis champion. It's not the first time Williams has been the topic of heated public debate this year.
A blow-up at the chair umpire during her US Open final with Naomi Osaka split opinions around the world over whether she saw treated unfairly because of her gender.
The controversy rose to melting point when Herald Sun cartoonist published a caricature of the US star having a tantrum while jumping on her racket.

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Controversial cartoonist impression of Serena Williams
Here is William's take on all the criticisms: "People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong," she told Business Insider in June. "I was different to Venus: She was thin and tall and beautiful, and I am strong and muscular – and beautiful, but, you know, it was just totally different."
She also wrote a heartfelt letter to her mother last year after becoming a mother, briefly touching on accusations over drug use.
"I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong," she wrote. "It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports -- that I belong in Men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it)."

Right on Serena! Not only was she born with an incredible body, she has worked through all the love and the hate to become probably the greatest tennis player in the history of the women's game.

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