Ev­ery­one’s a win­ner this is­sue.

GQ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - Nick Smith EDITOR IN CHIEF

GQ HQ is a sea of tuxe­dos and bow ties and we’re in party mode cel­e­brat­ing our GQ Men of the Year Awards in as­so­ci­a­tion with Chivas Re­gal. By the time you’re read­ing this, we’ll have handed out our yearly hon­our roll to 17 stylish, so­phis­ti­cated and agenda-set­ting men and one beau­ti­ful woman from here and around the world at what has be­come a glim­mer­ing night of nights on the Aus­tralian awards cal­en­dar. On Novem­ber 10 at Syd­ney’s Ivy Ball­room, sports­men mixed with en­trepreneurs, su­per­mod­els shim­mied with stars of the screen and mu­si­cians min­gled with emerg­ing young tal­ent to cel­e­brate all that is good in the mod­ern man. Our Men of the Year Awards re­ally are a liv­ing, breath­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what this won­der­ful GQ brand (which I have the priv­i­lege to lead in Aus­tralia) is all about. And while the GQ team was a shin­ing ex­am­ple of that too, with side-parts of pre­ci­sion and im­pec­ca­ble dress­ing, in­side they were all just hang­ing for a Chivas on the rocks as the mam­moth job of pro­duc­ing this year’s stel­lar Men of the Year is­sue was be­hind them once again. The team crossed four con­ti­nents, 10 coun­tries and count­less PR and tal­ent man­agers to bring our 56-page port­fo­lio to life, and five unique cov­ers of your favourite mag­a­zine to col­lect. And what incredible sto­ries we have. A pop­u­lar GQ cover star, Michael Clarke is de­serv­ing of his Sport­ing Leg­end Award. Af­ter a fairly tough fi­nal year as our cricket cap­tain, I’m thrilled to recog­nise his incredible ca­reer and con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian sport­ing land­scape. Be­sides that, he’s a top guy and has al­ways used his po­si­tion to do good and give back. For that he should go down in his­tory as one of our great­est sports­men. As well as leg­ends like Clarke, David Po­cock and Mick Fan­ning, this year there’s some amaz­ing break­through artists giv­ing in­spi­ra­tion to mil­lions around the world. Take home­grown sen­sa­tions Cody Simp­son and Troye Si­van, if you add up all their so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers, it would dwarf our coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion. We salute them for the frenzy, and mu­sic, they’re cre­at­ing. Lo­cally, Waleed Aly, Guillaume Brahimi and Justin Hemmes are awarded for form­ing the flavour of Aus­tralian life. And this year, we’ve in­jected more fun into the night with win­ners such as Benji and Joel Mad­den as our favourite adopted sons and David Gandy as In­ter­na­tional Style Icon (have you seen his cover?). And how could we go past Ruby Rose, who’s gone su­per­sonic the past 12 months af­ter her break­out ap­pear­ance on Net­flix hit Orange is the New Black. Not to men­tion Hol­ly­wood ac­tion man Jai Court­ney – what a crazy year he’s had. While I’m hand­ing out gongs and feel­ing all cel­e­bra­tory, I’m go­ing to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank my crack­ing GQ Aus­tralia team, who last month picked up two incredible hon­ours them­selves at the Pub­lish Awards (The Men of the Year Awards equiv­a­lent when it comes to pub­lish­ing). First was ‘Cover of the Year’ for our May is­sue star­ring Malcolm Turn­bull. A ballsy move on our be­half and so finely crafted by art di­rec­tor, Josh Beggs, who teamed a pres­i­den­tial-like shot of big Mal with the cov­er­line ‘Primed Min­is­ter’. Good to see that we were to­tally on the money. And to top this, GQ also took out the most revered award in the industry, ‘Mag­a­zine of the Year’ for 2015. It’s a lovely way to end the year, be­ing recog­nised for some incredible fea­tures that in­cluded the Turn­bull ex­clu­sive, catch­ing up with Kevin Rudd and his new life in New York, or teas­ing leg­endary broad­caster Alan Jones out from be­hind the mi­cro­phone to talk about some­thing very un­usual: him­self. This is a mas­sive hats off to an incredible and cre­ative team who pro­duce the com­pelling im­agery and words that make up your GQ. As a reader, you’re def­i­nitely on the win­ning ticket.

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