THE ED­I­TOR'S LET­TER

GQ (Australia) - - EDITOR'S LETTER - MIKE CHRIS­TENSEN ED­I­TOR FOLLOWMIKE @CHRISTENSENMIKE

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.

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