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 pic.twitter.com/97yaP18etC
— a princess diana stan account (@seabethree) November 12, 2018
A research manager for the magazine named Mick Rouse took to Twitter to “explain” the decision behind the quotations and honestly—it’s not good enough. He claims that the only reason why quotations were added is because it was hand-written and designed by Virgil Abloh who is known for styling everything in quotation marks. Regardless, this is why context is so important. Considering what Williams’ has had to endure in regards to her constantly questioned femininity the smart thing to do would have been to leave quotations out of this.
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)
— Mick Rouse (@mickrouse) November 12, 2018