Serena Williams' Woman of the Year GQ cover garners backlash: 'Why the quotes?'

GQ named Serena Williams its Woman of the Year on Monday, and not everyone is happy about her cover.

The magazine announced that Michael B. Jordan, Henry Golding and Jonah Hill were some of its Men of the Year, and that the all-time tennis great was its sole Woman of the Year -- but it's the outlet's decision to put the word "woman" in quotes, as handwritten by designer and Williams collaborator, Virgil Abloh, that is turning some heads on Twitter.

"[GQ] 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 [Serena]," one person tweeted

"They really put 'woman' in quotes in reference to Serena and no one at the table thought it was a bad idea," another user mused. "I'm speechless."

Writer E. Alex Jung let a simple comparison do the talking, by putting Serena's cover next to Gal Gadot's, who was named Woman of the Year by GQ last year.

"You KNOW this cover had to be approved by a team of people and they all thought the quotes were fine," someone replied to his comparison. "What the f--k?"

"God why the quotes?????" someone else asked.

Though the decision to put woman in quotes is being viewed as questionable by some, added context around the Abloh's handwritten edit on the cover may shed some light on the magazine's move: Abloh, of Off-White and Louis Vuitton, designed Serena's US Open tutu dress and routinely uses quotation marks on his Off-White designs.

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Sep 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's final against Naomi Osaka of Japan on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sept 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA argues with tournament referee Brian Earley while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan in the women?s final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; (L-R) Naomi Osaka of Japan, Serena Williams of the United States, and chair umpire Carlos Ramos talk after Ramos charges Williams with a game penalty in the second set in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS
Sep 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; (L-R) Naomi Osaka of Japan, chair umpire Carlos Ramos, and Serena Williams of the United States during the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS
Sept 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos (not pictured) while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan in the women?s final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Serena Williams of the United States argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Serena Williams of the United States argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after receiving a one game penalty during her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Serena Williams of the United States argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after receiving a one game penalty during her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL T, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/09/08: Serena Williams of USA reacts after receiving code violation during women's single final of US Open against Naomi Osaka of Japan at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Still, the questioning of her gender and womanhood is something that the tennis star has had to fight throughout her decades-long career.

Last year, in a post on reddit, Williams opened up about being "called a man" because of her appearance.

"I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong," she wrote in a post addressed to her mother. "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)."

Back in May, the new mother opened up about the same issue in a powerful interview with Harper's Bazaar.

"People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong," she said. "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."

Neither GQ nor Serena Williams has responded to the backlash to her Woman of the Year cover.

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NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA competes against Carina Witthoeft of Germany (not seen) during US Open 2018 tournament in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, United States on August 29, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA competes against Carina Witthoeft of Germany (not seen) during US Open 2018 tournament in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, United States on August 29, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA competes against Carina Witthoeft of Germany (not seen) during US Open 2018 tournament in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, United States on August 29, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of the United States serves against Carina Witthoeft of Germany during her women's singles second round match on Day Three of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her women's singles first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA reacts after beating Magda Linette of Poland in a first round match on day one of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States in action against Magda Linette of Poland in the first round of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 27, 2018 in New York City, United States. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)'n'n
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Serena Williams attends the 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
MASON, OH - AUGUST 14: Serena Williams of the United States serves to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during Day 4 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 14, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE May 30. French Open Tennis Tournament - Day Four. Serena Williams of the United States in action along with her sister Venus Williams of the United States during their match against Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Miyu Kato of Japan in the Women's Doubles Competition at the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 30th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - SEPTEMBER 05: Serena Williams of the United States (C) celebrates during the match against Yaroslava Shvedova (not seen) of Kazakhstan within fourth round Women's Singles match on Day Eight of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2016 in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: (AUSTRALASIA & EUROPE OUT) American tennis player Serena Williams poses during a photo shoot wearing the outfit she will wear in the upcoming 2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (Photo by Fiona Hamilton/Newspix/Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA OUT) Australian Open 2007. American Serena Williams looks down at her tennis dress during her semi-final victory over the Czech Republic's Nicole Vaidisova, won in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, during the Women's Singles competition at the 2007 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. Williams, unseeded, will now advance to her third Australian Open final, 25 January 2007. THE AGE SPORT Picture by VIKI LASCARIS (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOWS, UNITED STATES: Number 3 seed Serena Williams warms up in her tennis outfit in her match against Lindsey-Lee Waters of the United States at the 2004 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York 01 September 2004. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates a point in her match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain during day three of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on September 29, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their women's singles final match on Day fourteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 21: Serena Williams plays a match against Flavia Pennetta of Italy during Day 4 of the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles semifinal match on Day Twelve of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Makarova in two sets 6-1, 6-3. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles semifinal match on Day Twelve of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Makarova in two sets 6-1, 6-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US celebrates her victory over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their US Open 2014 women's singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 5, 2014 in New York. Williams won 6-1 6-3. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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