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GQ South Africa August/September 2020

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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

2 min.
bruised, not broken

I WRITE THIS LETTER on the eve of level three of our new-normal lockdown paradigm. For most of us, slowly graduating through these levels has been the only forward progression we’ve experienced over the last few months. I was getting ready to move house and kick off a few other long-delayed projects when our first lockdown was announced, quickly putting almost everything into a state of suspended animation. Life was suddenly drawn to a complete halt, and we were frozen in time. Armed only with whatever resilience and fortitude we could muster, we were left to balance our optimism against our anxiety and fear of an invisible, deadly threat that stalked its way down our silent streets. Two years ago, I attended a lunch and met 23-year-old Michele Vanzaghi, who was freshly-graduated,…

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 or 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,…

2 min.
the new sonos arc is a dolby atmos soundbar to transform your tv audio

LET’S FACE IT, WE’VE ALL BEEN WATCHING A HELL OF A LOT OF TV LATELY, and unfortunately, the ultra-thin TVs of today simply can’t muster earth-shaking bass and tremulous trebles a dedicated speaker can. If you want to experience your favourite shows as their creators intended during your extended time at home, physics dictate you’re going to need a soundbar and the all-new Sonos Arc is more than up to the job. As the Apple of wireless speaker makers, Sonos has been dabbling in the TV audio game for a while now. If you’re a proper hi-fi nerd, then you probably wished for a soundbar with support from something called Dolby Atmos. And that’s what the Sonos Arc is: the best soundbar Sonos can make. One with 11 amplifiers, eight woofers…

4 min.
dua lipa made the pop album of the year – then had to promote it from home

‘IF IT COMES TO IT, I’LL PULL A SUPER-90s GREEN SCREEN PERFORMANCE’ EVER SINCE HER APARTMENT FLOODED, the 24-year-old chart-topping pop star Dua Lipa has been social distancing with boyfriend Anwar Hadid in a London Airbnb. She caught up with GQ from the couch, her home base for promoting her new album – her well-received sophomore effort, Future Nostalgia, which was released in the wake of announced lockdowns – and possibly for recording her next music video. GQ: How have you made this Airbnb feel like home? Dua Lipa: I brought card games and candles, canvases and paints. Even bringing our own herbs and spices from my flat makes it just feel ours. It’s got a garden and enough space to dance in the kitchen. Also I dyed my hair pink. GQ: Did Anwar…

5 min.
the story behind the world’s most exclusive cognac

I’M STANDING IN A LONG, light room lined with tall copper stills. This is the high-tech vinification facility at Juillac-Le-Coq, Cognac, where Rémy Martin produces its most exclusive cognac, Louis XIII, and it feels more like a research lab than a distillery. Vats each holding 71 400 litres of strong spirit tower over us. The smell of alcohol mixes with the cool air. In front of me are two clear, unassuming liquids in small crystal glasses. Gingerly, I sample a drop of each. The first tastes like soft, cloudy lemon juice – this is an undistilled wine, ready to be made into eau de vie, the base ingredient of cognac. It’s about 10% ABV. Add a drop of water and it tastes a little more like toffee, pear or butter. The…

6 min.
the denial twist

JACK AND MEG WHITE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN IT, but when they sang about the truth, and that ‘there ain’t no stopping it’, they were giving some sound medical advice. Not only are the White Stripes a profoundly brilliant musical powerhouse, but below the witty lyrics and satirical verses lie some sagacious lessons. Sickness is real. Our invincibility when we’re young is, without a doubt, our greatest denial and potentially our biggest threat. Eight years ago, I started my journey in medicine at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. I’ve recently qualified as a doctor, and I’m currently doing my internship in KwaZulu-Natal. Despite a short career thus far, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time working in the urology wards in Tygerberg Hospital and Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Testicular cancer’s a…