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GQ South Africa

GQ South Africa June 2016

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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11 Issues


1 min.
letter from the editor

PLANET BECKHAM Once brands were all about multinational companies; increasingly they’re about the individual. And not many come bigger than Beckham. Previously known for his accurate passing, dead ball skills, savvy transfer moves and the occasional red mist misdemeanour, David Beckham, now 41, has become even more famous since he’s stopped playing football. He’s worth more in retirement than he ever was while playing. Forbes puts his 2015 value at $65m, making him the second-highest paid retired sportsman in the world – behind Nike billionaire Michael Jordan ($110m). Beckham is now one of the most recognised faces on the planet thanks to conquering markets in Asia, particularly China, plus every corner of the football-playing world. The BBC recently followed him around the globe as he played football matches on each of the seven…

1 min.

Aart Verrips Photographer Pages 28-30 A Durban local, Verrips trained as a pastry chef in France. He returned to Cape Town to work in the food industry but soon became enthralled by fashion and photography. He loves the playful mix of casual, smart and formal in this shoot. Caity Weaver Writer Pages 94-99 Before grilling Justin Bieber, Weaver’s career accomplishments included attempting to call a restaurant’s promo bluff by consuming mozzarella sticks for 14 hours straight, and reviewing the cuisine of every nation represented in Disney World’s Epcot theme park. Mike Paterniti Writer Pages 80-84 Paterniti is the author of three books, and has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper’s Magazine. He is a regular contributor for GQ US. Lesca Lè Photographer Pages 103-108 Lèa has a reputation as…

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SAFW x GQ SCOUTING MENSWEAR WINNER If you live in Jozi and have even a vague interest in fashion, you’ve no doubt heard about Soweto style collective The Smarteez, which means you’ve also heard of founding member/fashion designer, Floyd Manotana, aka Floyd Avenue. And, if you haven’t, it’s our great pleasure to introduce you to this curious and under-celebrated style personality – and the winner of our SA Fashion Week x GQ Scouting Menswear competition. Welcome to the GQ family of young designers. Congratulations, too, to all our other finalists – Hombré by Vanessa Pillay, Zamaswazi, House of Saint Luke, Non-European and Martelle Ludik. See some of their designs on page 28. WINNING LETTER SURPRISE MOTIVATOR I’m not much of a magazine reader, but this month I picked up a copy of GQ (blame…

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this month on gq.co.za

Q&A WITH CHRIS PINE We chat to the actor about his latest projects, and shooting the Armani Code campaign. GQ’S FAVOURITE SPOTS See which restaurants, bars and shops have stolen our hearts and appetites. A NEW KIND OF (VIRTUAL) REALITY See more of the best VR headsets that are compatible with your smartphone. SNEAKERS THEY LOVE A$AP Rocky loves his Vans and Kanye adores his Yeezy Boosts. See what other kicks our favourite rap royals swear by. BEST BEATS From acid rock to classic rap, the GQ team picks the soundtrack for the 21st-century man. THE PERFECT HAIRCUT We’re picking this year’s best haircuts, based on your face shape.…

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lexy panterra

Having trouble recognising her face? You might be more familiar with her booty. And you wouldn’t be alone: the dancer and founder of the booty-based LexTwerkOut has a combined social media following of over three million. ‘Every girl wants to learn how to shake their booty,’ says the woman born Alexis Afshar. ‘I wanted my class to be more fitness-based – dancing is such a workout.’ Now she’s chasing triple-threat status with a role in Tyler Perry’s next film and a budding music career that’s already linked her to DJ Snake and Walshy Fire. Her latest single, ‘Bloodshot’, blends R&B and EDM with a heavy Depeche Mode undertone. Her advice for those of us born with two left feet? ‘If you can’t move, just stick to the two-step.’ See Lexy twerk through the streets…

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master of suspense

‘In the drone pilot world you hunt your target regardless of national borders. That’s unsettling’ GQ: That’s an interesting double entendre in the title. We know that drones have advanced targeting and Ultra High Def cameras, but what really surprises us is the technology in the smaller, micro drones. Was it new to you, too? Gavin Hood: Yes, until I went on YouTube. There are lots of propagandist videos on YouTube. Most technology can be used for good or bad. A micro drone is not necessarily a bad thing. What has happened is that just as the big drones can be armed, so can the micros. The tech you see in the film is just the tip of the iceberg. GQ: What stood out about this project for you? GH: Guy Hibbert’s script explores…