Yesterday, GQ revealed its annual "Men of the Year" covers and this time they included Serena Williams. GQ Magazine @GQMagazine Announcing GQ's Men (and Woman) of the Year 2018: @michaelb4jordan, @henrygolding, @jonahhill, and @serenawilliams (featuring handwriting by @virgilabloh) https://t.co/EpG3lKCJ3r #GQMOTY https://t.co/6MgczSxSpq 01:09 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Williams' cover was customized by designer Virgil Abloh. On it, he crossed out the word "men" and wrote "WOMAN" above it in quote marks. GQ / Kristin-Lee Moolman / Via gq.com People were not happy about the quote marks around the word. king crissle @crissles in the context of serena williams, a person who has been mocked for her appearance and deliberately misgendered for years... this aint it, virgil. https://t.co/SfPkwEjYl5 04:35 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Ryan Mitchell @TheSlayGawd i get the @virgilabloh reference but that quotation around woman is weird af and totally uncalled for. https://t.co/6tKReal3CP 08:56 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite And they said they were offended on her behalf. #ImWithStacey👡 @seabethree I can’t believe no one at GQ thought perhaps with misogynistic and violent trans insults that Serena (and Venus) have dealt with for the last almost 20 years, to not put woman in quotation marks. Editorial rooms are a fucking disaster, all over this country. I’m offended for her https://t.co/97yaP18etC 02:14 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite E. Alex Jung @e_alexjung hmm 04:06 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Mick Rouse, research manager at GQ, explained on Twitter that Abloh styles everything in quotation marks. Mick Rouse @mickrouse @Anna_F_Wagner @GQMagazine @michaelb4jordan @henrygolding @JonahHill @serenawilliams @virgilabloh Because it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, who has styled everything in quotation marks as of late (see Serena's US Open apparel that he designed) 01:20 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Like this dress, which he designed for Williams to wear while competing in the US Open. Sarah Stier / Getty Images Some people have defended the cover and said that it only looks bad to those who don't know Abloh's work. 🏁Jolly Holly Funk Engine Scotty🏁 @skamiikaze If you’re not familiar with Virgil the quotations look really really bad https://t.co/y3TmFVwiFG 02:41 AM - 13 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Others still aren't convinced. KYLE @kyalbr Some debate around the appropriateness of using quotes here. It’s Virgil Abloh’s aesthetic and Serena and Abloh have a partnership. But, it’s completely divorced from Abloh’s reasoning for using quotes. In his own words, they’re used to convey a sense of ironic detachment. https://t.co/WlV0dpMs9q 08:00 PM - 12 Nov 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite BuzzFeed News has contacted GQ and representatives of Virgil Abloh.