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GQ South Africa

May/June 2021
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GQ South Africa is the first and last word on men's style. With access to some of the world's top photographers and writers, GQ offers professional men content that is entertaining and enlightening. Whether it's fashion, tech, business, Hollywood or investigative journalism, GQ covers it all with intelligence and imagination.

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South Africa
Content Nation Media (Pty) Ltd
R 210
5 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
let's talk bafethu

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I sat across from a friend (I’ll call him Tonderai), who’s a well-paid executive for a prestigious bank and owns a thriving restaurant business. Almost in tears, he admitted he was tired of being seen as the best at what he does, a problem-solver by his employees and family. ‘I tend to be the one asking other people if they’re okay,’ he said. ‘And because I’ve always given people the impression I’m strong, no one ever bothers to ask me if I’m alright. Sometimes I resent my siblings for not asking me how I am. But I can’t blame them because I created this always-in-control persona.’ Perhaps you can relate to Tonderai in the same way I could. As men, we learn to build walls around ourselves from…

1 min.

follow US ON @GQdotcoza @GQ SouthAfrica @GQ South Africa Turn on your #GPS No one asks for directions anymore – we just use our GPS. If you’re looking to give your style some direction, it helps to follow the leader. You can show offyour finest looks every month with #GPS – Great Personal Style. If you think your outfit’s the one, share it on social media, tag us and include the hastage #GPS. We'll choose on stylish photo to feature on each issue's back page Head to pg 96 to meet this month’s winner! PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEDIA.DAIMLER.COM, LUKE KUISIS, JUDD VAN RENSBURG…

2 min.
switch to digital

1 DOWNLOAD THE APP Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the Zinio or Magzter app for free. On a desktop PC or a laptop, head straight to zinio.com or magzter.com. 2 CREATE AN ACCOUNT Once you’re on the app or web page, click on the icon in the top righthand corner to create a new account. Once the form’s complete, you’re ready to shop. 3 FIND YOUR MAGAZINE Search for GQ South Africa, Glamour South Africa, or Condé Nast House & Garden using the search icon at the top of the page. It’ll show you the latest and previous issues. 4 BUY IT When you select the latest issue, you’ll see two price options: one for that issue only and another for a one-year subscription. Online editions, for both single copies and annual subscriptions,…

1 min.
lounge leisure

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE HISTORY OF PYJAMAS IS DEEPLY ROOTED in style. While you can trace the formal concept of sleep garments back as far as the 17th century, it wasn’t until the late 1800s, under the Victorian rule, that wearing sleep- and loungewear became an act of fashionable defiance in pursuit of style and pleasure behind closed doors. The Victorians were famous for being drab, dark, depressed and buttoned up in public, which is why life at home was an explosion of colour, texture, print and loose-fitting sensuality. Due to the East India Company trade network, Europe saw an influx of exotic silks and beautiful fabrics in unusually bright colours and prints. ‘Life at home was an explosion of colour, texture, print and loose-fitting sensuality’ The word pyjama, originating from Persia…

1 min.
space oddity

ROM THE THIN WHITE DUKE TO ZIGGY STARDUST AND BEYOND, DAVID BOWIE (R.I.P.) left behind a legacy of iconic looks that came to define several eras of style, each attached to a persona or character that embodied the zeitgeist, many of which were formed collaboratively with some of the world’s most influential designers, such as Vivienne Westwood and Kansai Yamamoto. Today, we celebrate his life and vision. (And for those who wish to explore it in further detail, we strongly recommend this large-format hard-cover tome of wonders, published by ACC Art Books: David Bowie: Icon)…

3 min.
? ask and you shall receive

GQ: What’s the most stylish gym wear? Jason Alexander Basson: Currently, it’s ankle-length socks (plain white with a simple design detail such as a black stripe) worn with trainers, short shorts and either a bigger, boxier short-sleeved tee or a short-sleeved or sleeveless performance tee. Some people are still doing leggings layered underneath shorts, which is great for guys with skinny legs. GQ: I love plain clothes without loud prints. How can I dress plainly and still look stylish, without trying too hard? JAB: Two people can wear the same outfit, but one might look stylish while the other looks messy. It all comes down to how you wear the clothes, i.e. styling. So, if you’re going to wear jeans and a white tee, start by making sure they’re perfectly ironed. You could…