Everyone’s a winner this issue.
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.