THE EDITOR'S LETTER
Once upon a time, a legacy was exclusive to people in positions of power. They were stories written into the history books as gospel, celebrated and unchallenged. Today, a lot has changed. For a start, we’re all shaping our legacies, all the time. And everything is challenged. Social media is a modern-day ‘source’ to document history, which is as scary as it is wonderful. It’s meant legacies are less about egotistical accolades and more about the impact we can have on the broader society. It got me thinking, as we gear up to celebrate our 20th birthday later this year, it’s less about defining GQ Australia’s place in history, and more about how we can celebrate others who are making a positive change. Not many Australians are creating a legacy quite like Hugh Jackman who this month marks his fifth appearance on our cover (see right). A respected Oscar-nominated actor on screen and stage, he uses his profile to promote meaningful causes – be it UNICEF’S Workout for Water initiative or R U OK? Day. He’s fighting fit, a model parent/husband and has always been a brilliant spokesperson for his country in Hollywood (even if he’s never appeared on Home and Away or Neighbours). While you digest that last bit, flick to p138 and get stuck into our interview with the Audi and Montblanc ambassador, where he reflects on the power of the #Metoo movement and considers his stance on forgiveness. Continuing with this theme, we were keen to profile someone who’s spoken out about something they believe is for the greater good of society. So we spent an afternoon with Christopher Wylie – the man responsible for putting Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in front of the US Senate. My mother has always been wary about sharing personal details online, and though my siblings and I have made fun of her for this for years, what Wylie reveals certainly makes you think twice. It is scary to wonder how such intel is being harvested to manipulate our lives. And before you question the Canadian’s motive for speaking out and exposing Cambridge Analytica’s role in recent elections, ask yourself this: would you be brave enough to reveal the truth about something if you knew it would change your life forever? Then there is this month’s 2018 Russia World Cup. How on earth will that be remembered? Ever since December 2010, when EX-FIFA president Sepp Blatter unfolded a piece of paper with ‘Russia’ on it, it’s been controversy after controversy. As a sporting purist, I’m hopeful the tournament is a success and soccer wins. But maybe that’s naïve. For a more in-depth look at who’ll be the winners and losers, go to p166. As well as all our favourite new releases from Baselworld, our 2018 Watch Special focuses on how brands steeped in heritage can be relevant to the younger generations. It’s interesting to witness the ensuing revolution, with many brands placing their futures in the hands of new super CEOS. And be it Chopard’s pledge to only use ethical gold, or Breitling and Blancpain’s (separate) quests to focus on water conservation initiatives, the legacies are being re-written, for the better. Another sector where legacies live long in the memory is politics, so be sure to read our Agenda piece (p26), written by Jordon Steele-john, Australia’s youngest ever Senator. Remember the name. Straight from his appointment in November 2017, he’s challenged the status quo on government support for our budding gaming industry and believes the minimum age for voting should be 16, not 18. He is making politics cool as well as relatable and our future needs more politicians like him. Lastly, thanks to all involved in the inaugural GQ Gentlemen’s Ball, presented by Penfolds Max’s – we are excited by the momentum building around our aim to celebrate the next generation of pioneers. Because if there’s any legacy to be created here, that’s not a bad one – combined with ensuring Australian men are as stylish as any, of course.