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GQ Australia August 2016

GQ is the essential style guide for modern men, from grooming tips to fashion details, seductive menus to great travel ideas and the latest bars in which to drink and be seen. GQ Australia is a provocative mix of the very best writing, strong visuals and an unrivalled sense of achievement, intelligence and irreverence, the ultimate urban men's tip-sheet. It's the pinnacle of the premium men's lifestyle magazine market and covers style, culture, entertainment, tech, health, sport, luxury and life.

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4 min
editor’s letter

Office personalities are a bit like family members – sometimes, you can’t live with them. But, unlike family, you’d sometimes rather live without them. At any point in my career, I’ve always thought I had my dream job. However, the reality is that a dream job doesn’t always mean that you end up with dream co-workers. It’s both the terror and beauty of teamwork that people of different character, and different approach, come together to create, maintain or repair. As you might be aware, the magazine industry is a creative one, full of ‘colourful’ characters. And, in my time working my way up from research assistant to publisher, I’ve learnt from those with incredible talent, and those that were bat-shit crazy. I’ve also found those two groups weren’t mutually exclusive. Very early…

4 min

CRAIG JAMIESON SUBEDITOR Joining GQ back in May, Jamieson has been making sure we don’t embarrass ourselves with awkward blunders. Luckily, we’ve hidden some deliberate typos throughout the magazine to ensure he’s kept busy. GOT A FAVOURITE FEATURE FROM THE ISSUE? I’m fascinated by North Korea, and reading Adam Baidawi’s reactions to the hermit kingdom made me laugh more than once (p98). Then there’s the feature about mental illness in sport (p154). People still have to hide their illness, due to the pervasive stigma that surrounds depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Can you imagine having to hide diabetes or arthritis? WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? It’s the variety. Putting an issue together means delving into everything, from fashion and pop culture to deeply involved feature articles. AND DO YOU HAVE ANY GRAMMATICAL PET PEEVES? I hate…

1 min

SPORT Lords of the Rings Four years on from the London Olympic Games, it’s Rio’s turn to grab the sporting baton. Across the month of August, we’ll profile the Aussie hopefuls going for gold, and recap the daily highs (and inevitable lows) as the world turns its gaze to Brazil – and a Games poised to be among the most fascinating (read: controversial) in modern history. GROOMING Nips and Tucks Without the Knife To tie in with this month’s winter skin special, we take a closer look at the non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures quickly becoming popular for Australian men – trialling the best new primping and preening practices to hit the market. MUSIC Getting in on the Acts Splendour in the Grass kicks off late July, with The Strokes, Flume and The Cure the top acts over the…

2 min

FINE STYLE, FAST CARS, INSPIRATIONAL INDIVIDUALS AND EXQUISITE FEMALE FORM. I THINK YOU NAILED IT. PAUL, VIA EMAIL Thanks for keeping it short and sweet, Paul. We’re glad you liked the issue – enjoy your prize. It would be so cool if the pages of GQ were lightly scented with the month’s new big fragrance! It’d add a little more class to GQ, plus it’s great advertising. Grooming was my favourite page-turner this month – it’s why GQ is a success! Great picks. BROOK, VIA EMAIL Funnily enough Brook, you’re not the first person to suggest this. We’ll see what we can do. I liked the article with Hemsworth as it was raw and honest. Shame other publications sugarcoat interviews. BEN, VIA EMAIL Another great issue! Great style tips and the section on Selena! EVAN, VIA EMAIL Hands down the…

4 min
take your marks, get set… and run for your life

“SPORTING EVENTS SHOULD NOT BE HELD IN THE OLYMPIC EQUIVALENT OF A PETRI DISH.” The Games of the 31 Olympiad are upon us. Rejoice! Cheer! Adjust to Rio’s time zone and become an armchair expert in diving. The Olympiad is a unique unit of measurement. It’s four years long, but it’s meted out in idiosyncratic milestones. There’s the welcoming home of our athletes from the previous Olympics, which customarily takes place in a Qantas hangar. Shortly thereafter, there’s the traditional purging of tainted winners, when the athletes’ blood samples are tested and it turns out a country’s entire Olympic program was secretly sponsored by horse steroids. Soon afterwards, a few Olympic legends attempt to qualify one last time, with varying degrees of success and meltdown. And then, a few months out…

1 min
jaden smith

At the end of 2014, Jaden Smith delivered an interview that drove a flurry of assumptions about his state of mind. Smith the younger dissected, at length, everything from prana energy – a Hindu version of chi – to the duality of consciousness. “When you think about something happy, you think about something sad,” he said. “When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple.” But here’s the thing: Smith’s a prankster, eager to toy with those who feed on every celebrity morsel. “That experiment went really well,” he recently told GQ. “It’s fun; people think you’re crazy.” Crazy or just taking the piss, at 17, he’s set to star in Baz Luhrmann’s new series, The Get Down. As Luhrmann said, “Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles; this…