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GQ South Africa

GQ South Africa February 2017

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.

South Africa
Content Nation Media (Pty) Ltd
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12 Issues


1 min.
a post-reality world

Look out, driverless cars are just around the corner. But there are still a few problems to resolve, like ethics and legal responsibility, not to mention insurance fees. What happens when one such autonomous car ploughs into someone? Because, accidents do happen. So relax, there are some years to go before you become a passenger. I’m from the meh generation; we’re not that enamoured by the Internet of Things. Let’s face it, technology has been around since the First Millennium, with the development of cement, the very foundation of civilisation. As the gods of Silicon Valley in late 20th century mature into their middle ages, they too will lose their sheen. What on Earth, or on Mars for that matter, can the millennials bring that will influence our lives in the…

1 min.

Based between London and Madrid, Ramos is a computer engineer with a passion for photography, which he now pursues full time. He is a regular contributor to influential publications such as GQ, Vogue and Glamour. Jamaican- born James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women and John Crow’s Devil. He lives in Minneapolis. At 16, Singer went to New York where she became the first South African model to crack the cover of Vogue – and went on to do it 17 times. But Singer soon turned to photography. She shoots our main fashion for this issue. Odendaal is a writer, editor, and photographer living in Cape Town with her better-looking…

3 min.
the bare necessities

NATURAL SOAPS With African marula, coconut, avocado and therapeutic essential oils, Bare Naturals shave soap promises gentle cleansing and easy shaving. Even better is that it’s a small-batch, locally-made product. R160, barenaturals.co.za SHAKE YOUR BOODY Eco-friendly (bamboo plantations use less water) and healthy for your skin (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and hypo-allergenic) Boody bamboo underwear makes sustainability intimate. boodywear.co.za A WOODEN SOCCER STADIUM Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to design a 5 000-seat stadium built entirely from wood, for the British football club Forest Green Rovers. The world’s greenest stadium (part of a bigger eco development), it will be powered by sustainable energy sources. zaha-hadid.com PAYBACK TIME GQ salutes companies that give back, and Milkshed does just that twice over. Using reclaimed wood to handcraft lamps, tables and shelving, they pump their profits back into awesome social initiatives.…

3 min.
lais ribeiro

‘I live in New York, but I'll always be Brazilian at heart. There is no place like it’ The term ‘glamazon’ refers to the Brazilian supermodels who showed the world that Brazil was the cradle of the most attractive women on the planet back in the ’90s. Since then more than one generation of these stunning women have taken our breath away in editorials, campaigns, and on Instagram and Snapchat. Meet Lais Ribeiro, from Teresina, Brazil. Ribeiro is one of the most sought-after models of the moment, walking the catwalks of the world’s fashion capitals. She has the chameleonic ability to show up in Tom Ford or a Dior campaign, then appear in Vogue or GQ. At the age of 26, she’s on her way to becoming Brazil’s next top model. GQ:…

1 min.
this mo’s got go

‘Fame does not translate into your bank account. I could be known by 100 00 people today, but do I have R100 000 in my account?’ GIVE ME THE MIC Mo was a so-called ‘Hype-Man’ at the outdoor shebeen Papa Chillos when the DJ who ran the establishment gave him his stage name. ‘He’s like, “I can’t just call you Mo, what is the buzz about you? There are so many Mos out there. What is different about this Mo? You are not just ordinary Mo, you are a Tol Ass Mo!’ It was the same DJ who suggested Mo try stand-up comedy at an open mic session. ‘I was terrified. My heart was pumping hard but when I got onto the stage it’s like I hit a place of calm. I…

4 min.
pre-date moves you should be making

Is it in any way certain that you’re going to get lucky tonight? Not at all. But do you want to get caught with your pants down if you do? If you’re meeting another human being, then congratulations! With umpteen dating apps to choose from, Netflix, food delivery, and porn as far as the eye can see, you’ve managed to secure yourself one-on-one time with another person. Good for you! Now all you have to do is not screw it up. Easier said than done. From the second you say hello, there’s nothing but obstacles standing in the way of you landing a follow-up date. Most of them are outside your control (how could you know ‘shrimp’ was a trigger word?). That’s why it’s important that you control the things you can.…