James Brown wasn’t lying, “It’s a man’s world.” However, behind every strong male is a strong woman doing her thing too! Athlete Serena Williams is certainly one of the greatest to EVER pick up a tennis racquet; with several gold medals and 22 Grand Slams. Nevertheless, now men’s mag, GQ wants to ensure that everyone knows it beyond a doubt. The Serena Williams GQ 2018 Woman of the Year cover signifies not only Serena’s iconicism, but her ability to hold her own with the best of the best.
Every year GQ releases a list of guys who they feel are among the elite go-getters. There’s actors, sports figures and also superstars of music. For instance, actor Michael B. Jordan leads the pack, scoring the nod from GQ for the wild success of Black Panther, instantly turning Jordan into a highly sought-after leading man.
Serena Williams GQ 2018 Woman of the Year- Hanging with the Big Boys!
However, the gentlemen need to scoot over, because the queen is also in the building! Serena amongst criticism this year over her attire on the tennis court, to how she defended herself to umpire; rose above the drama to still land as the second best player at the U.S. Open. That’s after a death scare during her pregnancy and giving birth to her daughter. Pure strength.
Serena may never receive accolades without unnecessary drama or unsavory comments; but she is not allowing any of those things to stop her. That’s what makes her the goat. That’s what makes her the 2018 Woman of the Year.
While some may be offended over Serena receiving this honor among men. Assuming GQ perhaps is attempting to label her as being not “ladylike.” We see things differently.
In no way is Serena being labeled as a man. GQ clearly states that she is their Woman honoree. Plus, it shows respect for her accomplishments and that she sticks out, in a good way. She’s powerful, a winner and that is nothing for any man to fear. She’s tough enough to hang with the big boys, but she is still all woman!
Congratulations to Serena on this honor and as she continues to strive to get that record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam. And much respect to GQ for recognizing talent, not hate.