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Features MAN 74 GQ Chance the Rapper REPORT 90 MS Ovation of the Sea: The cruise to end all cruises GUIDE 80 How to be vain (but not look like you’re trying)
COVER GIRL Jasmine Tookes
Songstress Cara Frew
24 MAN OF THE MOMENT Pro surfer Jordy Smith 26 PREVIEW Intimate apparel
28 GENTLEMAN’S CORNER What styles of trousers you should be wearing this season
30 THE TALK How to spot the earliest adopter
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32 STATUS SYMBOL The Tom Ford Aaron Aviator 34 TECHNOLOGY Skullcandy’s Bluetooth headphones marry style and bass 36 TASTE A feast for the grill
42 GROOMING Summer-ready skin
44 SEX The dos and don’ts of blow-job etiquette
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116 HEALTH 22 Tips to Improve your mental health
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70 FINANCE Year-end career review
71 ADVICE Battling burnout
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IN SPITE OF IT ALL
don’t want to tempt the universe, but if you’re reading this, we’ve made it through the loopiest 2017 that ever 2017ed. Which means we made it through Twitter turning into an ‘I Can’t Believe He Said That’ app, a movement that ﬁnally began to expose the ugly truth about Hollywood, a slew of celeb autobiographies (for better or for worse), more ﬁnance ministers than actual ﬁnance, and a Lifetime movie about Oscar Pistorious which literally no one needed or asked for. But like Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s twins, sometimes for every one bad thing, there’s a host of better things in store. Wayde van Niekerk’s been setting world records, Thando Hopa dropped all kinds of greatness on Pirelli’s annual calendar, and Cassper Nyovest ﬁlled up yet another stadium.
So despite having been through the most, there’s a lot to celebrate. It’s been so encouraging for me to see so many examples of people changing up the success formula: rather than being deﬁned by achievements, we’ve seen people fully embrace who they are – and as they do, the success follows. Few people embody that better than Chance the Rapper (p74), who disrupted the music industry, independent of any label or distribution deals, and who’s putting an uplifting spin on hip-hop. My hope is that he inspires you to do the same. Whether you’re planning your next big career move (p70), thinking of changing up your look (p80), or practising some mindful unwinding (p116), take a few moments to kick back – you’ve earned it. And despite the headlines and the truths they often reveal, remember this important lesson from our favourite celeb autobiographers: each new day and new year brings another chance to rewrite them. Nkosiyati Khumalo Editor
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Listen to Cara’s top tracks at GQ.co.za
ara Frew is our favourite kind of overachiever. The kind you love to love. The LA-based songstress counts speaking Zulu and cartwheeling on the back of a cantering horse as two of her skills. She’s competed in both the World Equestrian Games and Miss South Africa. And then there’s that magnetic voice of hers. It’s this last gift that she’s chosen to turn into a career, and with great success, too. At 26, the Sony-signed artist has several chart-dominating singles to her name. She’s collaborated with the likes of local house heavyweight Black Coffee (on ‘I’ll find you’) and American DJs SNBRN and BLU J (on ‘You got me’), and she’s performed to mega crowds at both the iconic Coachella and Hollywood’s The Viper Room. Next up is the release of her debut album, Flame, in early 2018 (available for preorder now), and then, who knows, a Grammy? She doesn’t put her achievements down to talent alone, though. ‘I once read that dedication, hard work and persistence outweigh talent as predictors of success,’ she says, recalling the six months she spent doggedly sending pitches to Black Coffee before he called her up. As a vegan and aspiring superstar, Frew finds LA an ideal base, but she’s a South African at heart. ‘Aside from my family, what I miss most about home is the people. South Africans are so genuine, warm and open. For now, I’m embracing the opportunities coming my way in the US, but I’ll be back one day.’ We say, embrace away. Home will always be here.
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King of the Curl Pro surfer Jordy Smith has been riding the wave of success for decades
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e’s won countless contests, clinched second place in the World Surf League Men’s Championship Tour twice, is currently ranked third, and is one event away from a potential World Title win. Roughly rephrased: Jordy Smith is one of the universe’s greatest gifts to the world of wave riding. And happily for us, he’s made in South Africa. But long before all the wins and fans, he was just a kid from Durban who was raised on salt and sand. ‘My dad is a surfboard manufacturer, so I was out on the ocean by the age of two or three,’ says the pro surfer who currently lives between South Africa and San Clemente, California. Things took a turn when, at 15, Smith won the under-16 World Junior Championship. ‘One day I was just an average school kid; the next, sponsors were calling.’ And so began the climb to stardom – a rise packed with astounding highs and some fairly low lows, too. Asked about the tougher times, the surfer recalls the strain of watching his family battle financially while trying to support his dream. ‘I owe them the world,’ he says earnestly.
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‘SURFING HELPS ME BE IN THE MOMENT’
A number of injuries also set him back over the years, forcing him to sit out important contests. But in 2016 he came back strong, and this past year has treated him especially well. A series of brilliant performances, including a historic perfect 20-point heat in J-Bay, have earned him a spot as a serious contender in the final tour event this December, the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii. While his gaze is set on becoming a world champion, Smith tells us that his experiences have taught him the importance of taking breaks and treasuring time with family, friends and his wife, model Lyndall Jarvis. His drive to find balance has led him down other avenues, and today, Smith has fingers in a lot of pies – he co-owns headphone company Muzik and sneaker company BrandBlack Shoes, has made two surfing movies, and in early 2017, he launched the popular Cape Town trio of bars, Harringtons, District, and SurfaRosa. But his ultimate goal is a simple one. ‘I’d just like to be happy,’ he says. ‘Happy and healthy.’ And fit enough to continue surfing until he’s old and grey. Not just for the thrill of competing or the rewards, but for the sense of presence it gives him. ‘I’ve always loved how surfing helps me be in the moment,’ he explains. ‘When a wave comes, it’s hard to be anywhere else other than where your feet are.’
Read about our experience meeting Jordy at GQ.co.za
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Intimate apparel Style starts and ends in the bedroom Words by Jason Alexander Basson 1
Remember the days when you, as a man, would walk into a retailer in search of undergarments or sleepwear where your options were limited to maybe five colours, two prints and three silhouettes at most? Those days are long gone. Hereâ€™s everything you need to put on before and after you dress or undress for the day. 1
TyNell underwear R395
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Undeez 3-pack socks R129
Pull-In at Spree 4-pack socks
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Frankees at Spree underwear R219 each
Under Armour 2-pack underwear R699
Undeez 3-pack boxers R239
Undeez 2-pack boxers R179
Pull-In at Spree underwear R560 each
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The Real Chrystal Birch hat R880
The Real Crystal Birch is back and her hats are better than ever Words by Jason Alexander Basson
WHAT IT IS This is a beige biscuit pork-pie hat, handmade in Cape Town by milliner and stylist Crystal Birch, using 100% wool felt. Not only is Birch the protégé of NY-based designer Albertus Swanepoel, but she is also counted among SA’s top stylists. Her unique beret design was a major hit both locally and abroad in 2017. With a newly launched e-commerce platform, Birch is ready to show the world that African milliners have a lot to say… And the talent to back it up, too.
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WHY WE LIKE IT The pork is one of the most timeless millinery styles known to man. In the 1920s, silent ﬁlm actor Buster Keaton introduced it to popular culture. The pork pie then became popular amongst jazz musicians during the Great Depression. The style was also a staple in the zoot movement of the ’40s, and the Jamaican rude boy subculture of the ’60s. We love the colour and streamlined look and feel of the Crystal Birch version. And we also can’t ignore the fact that she’s offering this beauty for only R880 at therealcrystalbirch.com.
KEY STYLES FOR THE SEASON Don’t panic! We’re still wearing jeans, suits and joggers. However, chinos are making a comeback, just not the dreary ones your father once wore. The new chino is cropped, possibly cuffed, with a boxier fit. Jeans are also changing. We’re moving out of our spray-on phase and heading into a world of more relaxed styles. The most important component of your denim is the artisanal look and feel – how many dying, blasting, shredding, and patching processes did it go through? Volume, proportion and weighting are the most significant components to consider when choosing pants for 2018, as are smaller details like piping and pleating.
WEARING THE PANTS Everything you need to know about what styles of trouser you should be wearing this season
DEFYING ALL LOGIC, IT’S PANTS (not shorts) that are the key item of the Spring/Summer cycle. Looking at the runways of late, you’ll notice a considerable lack of shorts, but in their place is a new generation of trousers – each a breath of fresh air that offers a more relaxed and free-ﬂowing ﬁt. This speaks to the general mood in menswear, but also shows that men are opting for overall ease, slight modesty and dramatic proportions over a full set of hairy chopsticks in the sun. And while nobody is suggesting that you wear pants on the beach, perhaps it’s not the worst style to arrive in before you drop down to your trunks?
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WHERE ARE OUR ANKLES AT? We live in an age with enough diversity of taste for there to be multiple ways to wear your pants. Right now, it’s all about the cropped or cuffed trouser and the overhanging front fold on extra long or wide trouser legs.
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How to spot: The earliest adopter The earliest adopter is the ultimate lighthouse consumer, ﬁrst in line for the latest style or tech trend. GQ explains how to identify them
ave you ever walked past an Apple store on the day before a splashy new product launch? No? Well, put it this way, have you ever seen any grainy Super 8 footage from the original Woodstock festival? Images that show thousands of writhing bodies all queuing up like space pilgrims awaiting beatification from some acid-dipped hippie? Yes? Well, an Apple product launch is pretty much like that, just rather than grubby rock’n’roll devotees dropping sugar cubes, these men and women are sworn to the cult of the new. Their religion, their music, is to be first in line. Welcome to the ‘stuff’– obsessed world of the earliest adopter, people who don’t so much keep abreast of the trends – new iPhones, for example – as attempt to keep several steps ahead of them. Think of these shoppers as the Captain Kirks of consumerism, going where no man (with a functioning Visa card at least) has gone before. So competitive are these try-hards about being ahead of the curve – through shopping – they dedicate their lives to it.
Essentially, the earliest adopter wants to own the next big thing before anyone else. And that applies to T-shirts, Gucci suits, limited-edition soft drinks, one-off chocolate bars made with matcha green tea, computer games, VR advances, drones you can fly in your sleep, wireless earbuds, personalised emoji, athleisurewear, underwear, malware... Pretty much anything that can be exchanged for cold hard cash or cryptocurrency. Case in point: see how everyone is gulping down Vita Coco as if it’s the elixir of life? Well, your local earliest adopter was drinking that particular vitamin-flushed radioactive bin juice before you so much as knew coconuts
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Think of these shoppers as the Captain Kirks of consumerism, going where no man (with a functioning Visa card) has gone before contained water. Want to know what he’s drinking now? Watermelon water. Or, rather, WTRMLN WATR, to anyone worth their ‘influencer’ status. Still, even that stuff is old news in comparison to what he’s going to be drinking tomorrow. Ever heard of Bai, endorsed by
Justin Timberlake and made from the pulp of coffee fruit? Thought not. But you will. Next year. Of course, it’s all about showing off. There’s no point getting your hands on those Supreme x Wedgwood x Cadbury x Vetements chocolate teapots unless you’re going to make some noise about it. You can tell if someone is an earliest adopter because their social feed is full of their pontifications on how great some newfangled product is. Every day brings with it a new gizmo to fall in love with and every day comes the realisation for the rest of us that there’s an awful lot of ‘stuff’ in the world you simply don’t need. Remember: you can’t early-adopt taste.
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hen it comes to eyewear, there are few brands quite as sophisticated or as easily recognisable as Tom Ford. And when it comes to eyewear styles, few are as timeless or transitional as the aviator. Any man wearing them is a class act and irrefutably masculine. As such, the Tom Ford Aaron Aviator sunglasses are the perfect marriage of modern and classic masculinities. Crafted in Italy, they boast a medium style full-rimmed frame with a 54mm lens diameter that, paradoxically, makes them bolder and sleeker than the traditional style. The bridge and legs retain that delicate metallic look, which creates a beautiful counterpoint to the weightiness of the frame. The blue lenses are a nod to the ’70s (and Tom Ford’s own Studio 54 days) when colourful aviators ﬁrst became popular. Unlike those oldschool pieces though, these incorporate backside AR technology, which reduces glare and minimises reﬂections. They also offer 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection, making them a sensible choice for both summer and winter. R5 900 at SDM Eyewear
LOOKS LIKE MONEY Tom Ford updates the classic aviator for a more modern look Words by Jason Alexander Basson Photograph by Teri Robberts
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All about the bass Bluetooth headphones that marry style and sound Words by Simamkele Matuntuta Photograph by Karl Rogers
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n the prime of Bluetooth headphones, with almost every cordless teething problem ironed out, Skullcandy has championed both sound and ergonomics on these floating sound machines. And while there’s a plethora of wireless earmuffs in the market, including previous versions from Skullcandy – the Crusher headphones have a stealthy look and pack value for money on the audio front. What we love most about it? The custom tuning on the leveladjustable subwoofer to tweak your favourite tunes track by track, made that much more noticeable thanks to the noise-isolating memory foam cups, for those ‘do not disturb’ moments. With 40 hours of battery life, you can go for a couple days without needing to recharge, a feature that’s bettered by the on-and-off smart circuit that picks up when you’re putting down and automatically kills the music. Though it’s not obvious, the cups also pack a built-in mic to take calls on the fly. R2 500 skullcandy.com
IT’S HAPPENING. THE AGE OF THE THINKING PHONE IS HERE
The new Huawei Mate 10 Pro isn’t just a smartphone – it’s an intelligent phone. Possibly even more intelligent than a few people you know
UE BOOM 2 Th s a ou de s o e o ou favourite Bluetooth speakers for a handful of reasons: it’s pool, shower, beach and generally most kinds of waterproof, pumps out 360-degree sound, can fall from any normal height without issue and sounds good
while doing it. It’ll also continue to sound good for about 15 hours at a medium volume, with deep bass and crisp vocals. R1 500 ultimateears.com
BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE+ Huawei Mate 10 Pro R17 999 huawei.com
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A 360-degree sound experience doesn’t come richer than Bose’s latest Soundlink Revolve+. The US company’s ever-increasing focus on design is making what has always sounded pretty start to look that way, too. We’re also charmed by the Siri and Google voice assist, water resistance and 16 hour battery life. R5 990 bose.com
B&O PLAY BEOPLAY A2 Your bachelor pad statement piece, the A2 is what sits on the custom wood countertop in your Afro-Scandi Maboneng loft. In short, this design-lover’s speaker has
drivers with clarity and acoustic punch big enough to fool anyone into thinking you were streaming via stereo bookshelves. R6 799 beoplay.com
Embedded with an AI processor called the Kirin 970, the phone houses the world’s ﬁrst Neural Network Processing Unit designed for a mobile device. Which in plain English means it essentially has a brain. An advanced algorithm enables the Mate 10 Pro to adapt to the way you interact with your phone, so it can perform proactively based on your habits. It’s therefore probably the only mobile device on the market that actually gets faster and more responsive with time. AI technology, and a partnership with high-end camera company Leica, also means that the Mate 10 Pro will set you up for
award-winning selﬁes. The world’s largest dual camera aperture on a phone assists with snapping crystal-clear shots, even in low light. If your worst nightmare is a dead battery, you’ll be pleased to know that AI assists with reallocating resources to maximise the life of an already efﬁcient battery. And if you do lose power, SuperCharge technology will take the Mate 10 Pro from 1% to 58% in 30 minutes. With a curvy glass body and vivid FullView Display, the Mate 10 Pro is also a seriously attractive premium accessory. So yes, we can conclude, the future is looking bright indeed.
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LET’S FEAST Light the braai, ice the beers and treat this as your summer guide to having the biggest, baddest, most ripping summer spread Words by Paul Sephton Photographs by Karl Rogers
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Always make sure your meat is at room temperature when you begin the cooking process
MUSSELS ON TH E B R A A I • Mussels, whatever you’ve picked that day (or around 70g per person) • Juice of 3 lemons • 4 garlic cloves, ünely chopped • 50ml olive oil • Handful parsley, chopped • Mayonnaise • Dijon mustard Light the ﬁre, then wash and pick the beards from the mussels while you wait for coals to form. In a large bowl, place the parsley, garlic, juice of three lemons and olive oil. For the dipping sauce, mix equal parts mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Stoke the braai and throw the mussels on to the grid, directly over the coals. Leave for about 4 minutes. As they start to open, take them off and straight into your bowl of olive oil-andlemon dressing. Once they are all done, give it a good toss to ensure that the garlic and For the Broad Bean Salad recipe visit GQ.co.za
lemon oil has gotten into every corner. Serve as is, or on a platter with mustard mayo on the side for dipping.
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essentials TA S TE • 50ml lemon juice • Lemon, halved • Glass of white wine • Bulb of garlic, cut in half
Drink it all summer long
• 25ml red-wine vinegar • Salt and pepper Clean the octopus under cold running water, remove its beak by cutting just below the eyes. In a hot pan, heat a decent amount of olive oil. Once the oil is almost smoking, carefully drop the octopus in the pan. It will sizzle and spit, but this is ﬁne. Put a lid on it and leave for 5 minutes. The octopus will
TH E BALLER
Plaisir De Merle Charles Marais 2013 R1 050
change colour to a vibrant pink. Add a glass of white wine, a few cloves of garlic, two half lemons and cover ‘Trust me, with a little bit of patience this is a wonderful way to cook octopus’
and cook slowly on 170˚C
– Giles Edwards
and cool the octopus.
for 2.5 hours, or until the octopus is tender. Once cooked, discard the liquor, For the dressing, use 50ml lemon juice to 150ml
DINNER: L A M B R AC K , CA R R OT S & G R E E N SAU C E
in a oven at 180˚C. In the
and cooked through.
olive oil. Whisk together
meantime, lightly coat the
To plate, carve lamb on
until it has emulsiﬁed and
carrots in olive oil, salt
the rib bones, toss carrots
add salt and pepper to
and pepper and place in
with a spoonful of green
taste. Once the octopus
• 1kg lamb rack, on the bone
a roasting tray in the oven
sauce goodness and
has chilled, slice it nice
• 12 organic carrots,
or braai. Keep track of
rocket and serve side
and thinly. Try to keep
scrubbed and halved
the time – you will want
by side with additional
the ends of the tentacles
to turn the lamb every
pots of green sauce.
whole as they are delicate
• Handful each of parsley,
and are the best bits.
8 minutes. Before or while
In a large bowl, shave the
chop the herbs, cover
O C TO P U S , F E N N E L & M I NT
• 1 tablespoon small capers
with just enough olive oil,
• 1 medium octopus,
or a very sharp knife.
• Olive oil
capers and chopped
• Ƶnchovy üllets, chopped
anchovy ﬁllets. The lamb
• 2 heads of fennel
possible. Add the mint,
and carrots will take
• Olive oil
parsley, capers, rocket
around 20 to 25min.
• Handful of mint, roughly
and octopus. Dress
mint, dill and rocket,
you are waiting, ﬁnely
Season the lamb well
TH E B U B B LE S
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc R115
fennel using a mandolin You want it as thin as
with lemon oil, and
with salt and pepper, and
Let your meat rest, and
place in a hot oiled pan
check the carrots. By now
• 2 tablespoons capers
a tiny splash of good
or the centre of a Weber.
they should be nice and
• Handful parsley, chopped
red-wine vinegar for
Cover with a lid or place
caramalised on the edges
• 100g rocket
acidity. Tumble and serve.
TH E G R E AT WH ITE
Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc R100
Franschhoek is to food what Germany is to cars – a location that brings together only the best. Which is why it was tasked to none other than La Colombe’s Scot Kirton and James Gaag to establish La Petite Colombe in the country’s food capital. With chef John Norris-Rogers deployed, the ﬁne dining tasting menus are paired with wines you won’t ﬁnd anywhere else, and seasonal dishes that come plated with micro-elements to make up each culinary artwork. If you only eat out once this season, make sure it’s here. lapetitecolombe.com
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THE M AC A L L A N MASTERS
The Macallan Fine Oak 12 Matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks
Over the last few years, The Macallan has globally celebrated local mastery. This year, the South African Macallan Master Series celebrates some of our own home-grown masters from various fields
M A S T E R O F F L AV O U R Michael Stephenson As a celebrated bartender and the owner of Durban’s Lucky Shaker, Michael Stephenson maintains a great home party starts with having the right bar tools. His essentials? A sharp knife, a reliable measure and a decent cocktail shaker. ‘I also keep a long-handled spoon,’ he explains, ‘as it can be used for anything from stirring drinks to scooping olives from jars.’ With all the key equipment in place, Stephenson recommends picking a good selection of clean glassware and laying out ingredients neatly before a party starts. ‘Try to do most of the work ahead of time so you’re free to mingle with your guests.’ As for the type of drinks that go down best, he suggests going for simple options that make top-ups effortless. ‘A great punch is fantastic for presentation and it makes it easy to refill glasses.’ Of course, a complex single malt like The Macallan is always a safe choice. ‘It has everything you need,’ he explains. ‘If you are looking to mix, you want those unique flavours to play off. If you’re sipping, it’s preferable to have something with a story to tell, which this whisky certainly does.’
‘Try to do most of the work ahead of time so you’re free to mingle with your guests’
M ASTER OF ST Y LE Siya Beyile Style influencer and founder of popular online platform The Threaded Man, Siya Beyile wears every season well, but summer looks especially great on him. His heat-ready grooming tips include sunscreening up, drinking lots of water, exfoliating and using mud masks to prevent skin damage, looking after your lips, hands and feet and keeping your hair short. In his words, ‘Having too much hair can kill your vibe.’ His summer wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without silk shirts from Swanker, shorts from Sash and MaXhosa by Laduma, a Gear S3 smartwatch from Samsung, Calvin Klein underwear, and a Hugo Boss fragrance. But he maintains that for a private summer party at home, ‘You can never go wrong with a smart suit and loafers,’ especially a linen suit as they are so much cooler. That, and a Macallan Old-Fashioned before you leave the house. Similarly, Beyile remarks that playing around with jackets and shoes is an easy way to take an outfit from day to night. ‘It’s all about understanding your pieces and how you can swap them to give you that night or day look,’ says the fashion maven.
The Macallan Edition 3 A limited edition aroma-focused single malt made in partnership with British perfumer Roja Dove
M ASTER OF HOSTING Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane ‘It’s important to pick your company carefully.’ That’s entrepreneur and entertainment expert Tibz Motsoane’s advice when it comes to being a stress-free host. ‘You know who’s going to behave and who isn’t. The rest is easy.’ With a huge couch and a spacious balcony, his large, neatly kept living area is always ready for a social gathering. And to make sure he’s ready too, Motsoane is sure to prepare plates, cutlery, glasses, snack boards and dishes in advance so that he can focus on making guests feel welcome when they arrive. ‘Another element that is very important and should never be overlooked is music,’ explains Motsoane, who’s a rather prominent figure in the local hip-hop world. ‘I always have a playlist ready.’ As a self-professed gifted drinks mixer, he also always has his mixology tools on standby, and The Macallan is a favourite to serve. ‘Stories are key when entertaining, and The Macallan has a beautiful story, which really brings home the exceptional quality of the whisky.’
The Macallan Double Cask will be launching in South Africa and will be available in stores from February 2018
‘Not much can go wrong once you stop trying to control everything and rather just let it be’
M A S T E R O F T R AV E L The Macallan Rare Cask Rich and complex with notes of dark honey and dried fruit
Seth Shezi A man on the move as much as lifestyle strategist, photographer and writer Seth Shezi has to be especially smart when packing a bag for a trip. His ready-for-anything selection includes a few crisp white shirts, a pair of Temple of Reason swimming shorts, some sneakers, a wide-brimmed hat and whatever scent he’s enjoying at the time. And he’s just as skilled at socialising and navigating new places. He recommends arriving at hosts with a token of appreciation, be it big or small. When it comes to making travel memories, The Macallan Rare Cask is central to many of Shezi’s – he finds it helps create a sense of occasion when he arrives at a new destination. ‘I recently did a Route 66 road trip across America – we took a bottle along with us and toasted to every new city or town to commemorate the experience.’
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WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? The question, ‘what are you wearing?’ takes on a whole new meaning when you consider nextgeneration tech like the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear IconX, Gear VR and Gear 360. It’s no longer only about the smartphone. Now an integrated universe of smart иʪɇθɇɵ̷ʪϑ ̈ϑ ʀ˵ɇ͝˝̈͝˝ ˵ͱи иʪ ʪ͝˝ɇ˝ʪ ӥϩ˵ ʪЭʪθцϩ˵̈͝˝ ˙θͱ͔ ѣϩ͝ʪϑϑ ϩͱ ϩ˵ʪ world around us. For man-about-town, model, TV presenter and multitasking entrepreneur, Maps Maponyane, his hectic work and travel schedule means that staying in shape
is an absolute necessity in order to stay on top
of what needs to get accomplished in a day. The Gear Fit2 Pro sports band is the ideal tool for Maps as the embedded GPS and heart rate monitor give him accurate feedback, whether he’s pounding the treadmill or racking up the steps hustling around Hopetown or Helsinki. ϩϑͱ͔ʪϑϩɇ˝ʪࡡʪЭʪθцͱ͝ʪѣ͝ʒϑϩ˵ʪ˝ц͔ɵͱθ̈͝˝ɇ͝ʒɇʀ˵ͱθʪࣔɇ͝ʒđɇΧϑ̈ϑ͝ͱ exception. However, pairing his Gear Fit2 Pro with the Gear IconX livens the ʪуΧʪθ̈ʪ͝ʀʪ ɇϑ ˵ʪ ˝ʪϩϑѣϩ ɇ͝ʒ ˵ʪ ʒͱʪϑ࣭͝ϩ ʪЭʪ͝ ˵ɇЭʪϩͱϩЇθ͝ ̈ϩ ͱ͝ࡡ ɵʪʀɇЇϑʪ ̈ϩ activates as soon as he inserts the earbuds. Maps can listen to music and tap the earbuds to change tracks without needing to have his phone nearby. He gets instant feedback on whether he is meeting his daily goals, and all his accumulated data from the Gear Fit2 and IconX easily syncs with S Health.
The Gear Fit2 Pro is designed to track data all day long, and the sleek ergonomic design and interchangeable display don’t compromise his smartly tailored look. Staying in shape is a non-negotiable for Maps, but it’s only a fraction of his day. Working in media and having a huge social media presence mean that his followers expect to see all the highlights of his day-to-day activities. The Gear 360 is the perfect tool for him to deliver amazing 360-degree visuals in both video and stills. Whether he’s busting a move on a Saturday night or taking a red carpet wide-angle, the Bright Lens F2.0 gives him fantastic high-resolution images, even in low light. It’s also small enough to slip into his jacket pocket, ready at a moment’s notice. The Gear 360 is also a great tool for those behindthe-scenes shots Maps loves to share. He can sync it with his Samsung Galaxy S8 and upload or share directly onto his social media channels, as well as preview content in real time while he’s recording. And of course, he can watch ˵̈ϑͱи͝ʀͱ͝ϩʪ͝ϩϩ˵θͱЇ˝˵ϩ˵ʪʪɇθǤŵࣔ
another wearable that’s part of his cohesive Samsung universe. It’s super simple for him to slot his Galaxy S8 into the headset and start enjoying his virtual reality content. Best of all, it’s light and comfortable. Ǯ̈ϩ˵ɇϑʪ̷ʪʀϩ̈ͱ͝ͱ˙˙ɇ͝ϩɇϑϩ̈ʀࣔ͝ͱϩϩͱ͔ʪ͝ϩ̈ͱ͝˙ɇϑ˵̈ͱ͝ɇɵ̷ʪࣔϩͱͱ̷ϑɇϩ˵̈ϑʒ̈ϑΧͱϑɇ̷ࡡ it’s no wonder that Maps not only manages to always look effortlessly good despite a heavy work and travel schedule, but he’s able to document it, one cityscape at a time.
essentials SEX Do something with your hands
There’s something unpleasant and imperious about a guy lying there with his hands behind his head while getting a blow job. Yeah, you feel like a king, but it’s got an air of master vs servant about it – and that’s not sexy for everyone. The fellatio is the main event, but that doesn’t mean you can check out entirely. Find something to do with your hands – involve whoever’s blowing you. Stroke their face, interlock fingers. Show them you’re there, with them, in the moment, enjoying it. However... Don’t style their hair
Words by Justin Myers (The Guyliner) ou can’t move on the internet for tips on how to give the perfect blow job – I should know, I wrote some of them – but it works both ways. There’s more to being blown than lying back and thinking
of England, or indeed anywhere. There’s a right way and a wrong way to behave while you’re getting head, and here they are. Prep your stage
Spontaneity is all well and good, but if you’ve a pretty good
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That awful moment when you catch each other’s eye and realise it’s impossible to look anything other than creepy and insane during oral sex. There’s nothing like staring into another person’s eyes for unlocking the notion that they might well be a serial killer. A glance down every now and again is fine, but a continual glare while they get on with it might put them off. And they have your dick in their mouth – if you throw them off course, they might end up biting it off. Know when to quit
I know a BJ is supposed to be ultimate, but it’s not easy for everyone to get off from one alone. It can take a while. A really long while. If you’re determined not to let your partner come up for air until the job is done, it’s highly likely you could be experiencing your last blow job for quite some time. Other ways to come do exist. Lockjaw, tired, unenthusiastic sucking and cries of, ‘For fuck’s sake, Dave, just come will you?’ are not exactly going to get you there.
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We deliver some handy tips. So to speak
inkling you’re about to get some attention in that area, you need to make sure the experience is going to be enjoyable for both. Think of all the horrible things about oral sex – stray hairs, poor hygiene, really terrible novelty underwear – and eliminate them. I know shaving off all your pubic hair is quite popular, but it’s a bit porn star and nobody wants to feel like they’re the fiftieth person to give you head that day. A light trim, a good wash and some well-fitting, clean underwear and you’re all set. You may think this is obvious, but ask anyone who ever gave a BJ whether they have any horror stories and they’ll almost always start with a guy who neglected one or more of these. You want your dick to be memorable for the right reasons – not the kind of tale someone tells round a campfire at Halloween. Oh, and make sure your asshole’s cleaned to Nasa specifications, too – just in case their fingers get busy – or their tongue. Oh, pretend you don’t like it if you want, nobody’s judging – but you will be kissing them afterward so it’s worth remembering.
I saw on Reddit that some men like to plait their girlfriends’ hair while they get head. Are you serious? Don’t do this. Unless you are actually a hairdresser. Where’s your salon? Let me know.
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Best for: exploring the Luxury Helderberg If Stellenbosch is the Beyoncé of SA’s wine regions, then the Helderberg is Solange – underestimate it at your peril. You can’t strike a wrong note at estates like Lourensford, Vergelegen, and my particular favourite, Morgenster, which dates back to 1711 and hosts a surprisingly captivating olive oil tasting. Your hosts through the region will be Penny and Keith, founders and owners of Silver Forest, which boasts five-star everything, a great spa, drought-friendly borehole water, and has hands down the most comfortable beds in all of the Western Cape. silverforest.co.za Poolside at Blackheath Lodge
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GREAT (NEW) CAPE ESCAPES While the drought complicates things, there’s still new things to discover in the Mother City. Here’s where to stay to unpack it all Words by Nkosiyati Khumalo
B L A C K H E AT H LODGE
Best for: friends and family from afar
If you’re hosting family, friends or colleagues in the Mother City, Blackheath is your best bet. Nestled in Sea Point, guests will live like locals with easy access to everything, along
with a roster of approved guides and guided tours. International visitors will appreciate the cell phone and iPad provided in each room. If they’ve exhausted a week’s worth of activities in and around town, Blackheath’s sister property One Marine Drive makes a great weekend base of operations for Hermanus’s wine and food offerings, and the pool area is perfect for envyinducing Instagrams. blackheathlodge.co.za
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Cocoon for a night out
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ark Hamill has balanced the pop-culture scales perfectly – his performance as the good-natured Luke Skywalker in Star Wars is countered by his maniacal vocal performances as The Joker in DC Comics’ various animated ﬁlms. While the principal photography for Star Wars: The Last Jedi wrapped in July 2016, Hamill fondly discusses the cult franchise, Ireland and his love of Twitter.
GQ: What is the one question you’re sick of answering? Mark Hamill: I’m never really sick of anything, but the most-often-asked question is, ‘Did you expect it to be as big a success as it was?’ And of course the answer is ‘no’. The humour appealed to me so strongly and I thought, ‘Even if it gets terrible reviews, this is going to be a midnight cult classic, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ I thought this thing would easily make $30 million and it was important, because if >>
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M OV I E S
LAST JEDI STANDING We sat down with Mark Hamill – Jedi, Joker and Twitter master Words by Evert Lombaert
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GQ: You spent a month shooting on the coast of Ireland. How did this environment inﬂuence your characterisation? MH: I had this feeling that rushed over me when I was at the top of Skellig Island, because the first thing we did on the original Star Wars, before Carrie and Harrison
realises what a couple of boneheads we are. ‘Give me that gun! You call this a plan?’ The girls loved that! She wasn’t cowering, ‘Oh save me!’ Carrie was a trailblazer in terms of making us look like chumps! It melts my heart to see young girls come to your door for trick or treat dressed as Rey.
‘Carrie was a trailblazer in terms of making us look like chumps’ came over, was film the desert scenes in Tunisia. And we were on the salt flats, which is 360˚ of horizon, because nothing grows there. In between shots, I could look out at this unearthly terrain, with the robots by my side and the floating car on a stand, and it was very easy to feel like you were in a galaxy far, far away. I got the chills. At Skellig, you’re up at the top, and I didn’t expect this to happen, but I was off by myself and it was sunset and I had that same feeling – it’s like being in another world.
GQ: Many fans are excited that the new ﬁlms are more female-centred. What was your response? MH: I saw early production art that Ralph McQuarrie had done where Obi-Wan and Han Solo were combined; he was an ex-Jedi Knight who had become a smuggler, and in the foreground is a teenage girl with a lightsabre. So that wasn’t something new when The Force Awakens came around. And also Leia, back in the seventies, was fierce! I mean here we come to rescue her and she
GQ: On Twitter, you don’t seem to be a big @RealDonaldTrump fan. MH: That’s fair to say. America is such a divided country right now and I’m very forthcoming on my social media. I feel like it’s a combination of a diary, a chat room and electronic fan mail in a way, and I just like to express myself in public. I’m in the escapism business, and I want everyone to enjoy the film, regardless of their political persuasion and I’m not trying to convince anybody; if they think that’s someone who was right for the job, that’s their right. I disagree that’s all. People say to me, ‘Oh, you think you’re so important?’ And I say, ‘No, I’m just another crank on the internet’. When I see a really brutal hate tweet, I ‘like’ it, just to bewilder them, because what they want is to really hurt you. So I thought if I ‘like’ it, at least it’ll befuddle them, and maybe annoy them a little more. But I’m just having fun.
STAR WARS TIMELINE 1980 Episode V – The 2016 Episode
Empire Strikes Back
VII – The Force Awakens
1977 Episode IV – A New Hope
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2017 1983 Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
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movie made enough money, we were required to do the second and the third parts. I said to George while we were filming, ‘Can you put me on a comp list for any merchandising?’ because I thought there’d be a soundtrack, a T-shirt, a poster. But when you read the script you think, ‘This is like a toy box’ – he’s got a floating car, a lightning sword, and robots and all these things, but I had no idea when I asked him for that… But boxes started arriving at the house, and they just didn’t stop coming. People said, ‘Did you keep them all in the box and did you keep them mint?’ And I said, ‘Of course not! Toys are made to be played with!’ My son would rip them open and when his brother came along, and his sister, ‘Yeah! Play with the toys!’ And now they’ve grown up and they go online and they say, ‘Why did you let me give the Princess Leia doll a Sinéad O’Connor haircut?’ And I say, ‘It’s because you wanted to!’
PERFECT HARMONY DJ Brendan Fallis on why music and fashion go together Words by Bernd Fischer
f you’ve read anything on the internet about Brendan Fallis, you’d expect an interview with the international DJ over lunch to be intimidating. The New York-based cool guy, who happens to be recently married to the equally good-looking DJ and entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman, is in the country to perform at the launch of a new Hugo Boss store. Fallis began a partnership with the brand after attending their Autumn/Winter 2017 show and the connection between the two has been nothing but a natural ﬁt ever since. ‘Music and fashion have always gone together,’ says Fallis, noting that it’s the simplicity of the brand that draws him to it. ‘It’s high-end, functional, with good design elements, yet really wearable. Hugo Boss will always move with the time. The ﬁt is classic.’ Of course it doesn’t hurt that Fallis looks good in a suit, as his 83 000 Instagram followers can attest. Mixed between posts of music gigs and #fashiongoals, Fallis shares his ﬁtness routine (it’s all part of the inﬂuencer package now, after all). But what we can respect is Fallis’ integrity when it comes to what he shares, only working with brands that actually represent his lifestyle. ‘We’re all just micro-advertisers – instead of buying a billboard, you’re just buying a small piece of dedicated content that you know is going to hit a certain audience,’ he says. ‘With Instagram Stories now, it’s become even better because it’s grittier and kind of day-in-your-life raw.’ And for Fallis, it’s the work he does that matters most. ‘A video of a thousand people with their hands in the air still looks the coolest to me.’
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Which racing game should you take for a spin? The summer’s two big hyper-realistic racing games are ﬁnally here – ﬁnd out which one gets you where you need to go Words by Joshua Rivera
his week, Gran Turismo Sport was released, ﬁnally bringing its gorgeous, hardcore, ultrarealistic take on racing to modern consoles. It comes two weeks after the release of the Xbox One’s premier racing simulator, Forza Motorsport 7, which means that, if you love cars and racing them in as realistic a way as possible, you have a big choice to make. First, let’s mention the obvious: Each of these games are exclusive to the console they’re on, with no chance of crossing over. PS4 owners get Gran Turismo Sport, Xbox One and PC owners have Forza Motorsport 7. However, if you’re about to pick up a console, and racing games are important to you, read on. While both Gran Turismo and Forza are ostensibly out to do the same thing – let you
take beautifully reproduced and shockingly tunable cars out for races on real-life speedways and courses – their approaches could not be more different. Aesthetically, the games aren’t even speaking the same language. Gran Turismo Sport is hyper-focused on teaching you to love cars the way it does, to drive the way it wants you to, and to instill a sense of pride in being a sophisticated car-lover with the good taste to play Gran Turismo. Forza 7 is, ﬁrst and foremost, a video game. It’s full of video-gamey accoutrements, like loot boxes and constant reminders of all the stuff you’re earning. Some of this is grating and other parts, like the fact that your actual car collection ‘levels up’ is weirdly compelling and makes you want to collect cars like you would Pokémon.
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It’s also much more eager to walk you through its many features than Gran Turismo. However, if you’re less into how the game feels and just want to know which has the best stuff, there’s a few things to know – the most important being that there is much more game tucked away in Forza 7. It has races where the time of day and weather can shift, which is both visually stunning and also makes your races dynamic and more challenging. It also has many more cars than Gran Turismo, and a single-player structure that’s easier to grasp, where you race through different events designed for different kinds of cars. Finish one series, and you unlock the next, until you land in the Forza Grand Prix at the end of your journey. Gran Turismo Sport structures things a little
differently. Its single-player campaign is more about teaching you how to drive so you can take those skills online, which is clearly where the game wants you to spend most of your time. And while Gran Turismo does look like the slimmer package, its approach to teaching and rewarding you for good clean driving is utterly absorbing. It, ironically, made me realise how shitty I had been driving in Forza, a game that’s liberal with assists for inexperienced racers, but not so great at coaxing you out of them. There’s room for both of these games to co-exist, but not necessarily the time for you to invest in both – they’re each pretty hardcore. Gran Turismo is niche, but it ﬁlls that niche incredibly well. For everyone else, there’s Forza except, of course, Playstation owners.
‘PA R T OF T H E R EASON THAT WE GO TO T H E PA S T I S BEC AUSE THINGS ARE STILL THE SAME IN M A N Y WAY S’
THE STORY SELLER American novelist Paul Beatty talks I-feel-bad-for-laughing ﬁction that’s got something serious to say Words by James Nash
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he Sellout, Paul Beatty’s Man-Booker winning, absurd and ironic ride through the mind of modern America is equally as provocative as it is hilarious. At turns humorous and heartbreaking, it casts a striking image of a supposedly post-racial America. Set in the rural fictional town of Dickens, it focuses on Bonbon, a young black man who just wants to take care of his farm, reinstate segregation, and experiment with slavery. James Nash: Do you think that The Sellout could have as accurately depicted race relations in America if it wasn’t a satire? PAUL BEATTY: I don’t think of the book as satire, really. For me, it’s just a story I wanted to tell. It’s just the way I write. It’s not that different from anything else I’ve written. It’s interesting for me, that the ‘satire’ word has really been stuck to this book. I think it’s a way of not having to deal with the sadness and irony in the book... You can just say, ‘Aw yeah, it’s satire.’ I was in Hackney in London and this Ugandan woman stood up, and
essentials GQ & A
I’m paraphrasing here of course, but she was like, ‘This book isn’t satire, this is real life!’ As absurd as the book is, it still feels real. So for me, it’s interesting who uses the word ‘satire’. For who is it satire, for who is it something else? JN: In the past, racism has been largely viewed and dealt with retrospectively, but we’re being forced to confront contemporary racism in all its forms. Do you think that your book is an instance of that? PB: I’m not denying that the book’s about race and racism. There’s a bunch of stuff in there and it’s just this character’s perspective. Race is a part of who he is, so race manifests in the way that he thinks, the way that he sees the world. I was thinking about some of the visual art that’s popular in the States, it’s interesting how it’s always in this deep historical context and rarely dealt with in a contemporary setting. It’s like a buffer against culpability, on everyone’s part, as a nation, as a people. JN: You’ve said you don’t believe in cultural appropriation. PB: Yeah, I don’t know what it means – everyone throws that phrase around. I don’t use it because I have fucking no idea what it means. Really. I just watched this documentary about Asian-American rappers on Netﬂix called Bad Rap. I think somebody will, and can, say that that’s cultural appropriation, but they’re just doing what they love. Let me tell you a weird story: I was just walking around by myself in Shibuya train station and I saw out the corner of my eye, a Japanese kid dressed head-to-toe like a Blood (a notorious African-American street gang). Full-on red, he’s got a bandanna but he’s got like a whole ’nother style on it. And he looks at me and gives me a ‘what up’, I guess because I’m the only black person within like a 100 yards of him. And I nod back to him, but it was just different for me. And I think it was weird, weird, weird… I think back to when I was in junior high and kung fu movies were a hit. You’d see guys from my neighbourhood dressed from head-to-toe in Chinese gis with the Bruce Lee cuffs and the shoes and it’s sort of the same thing: all these inﬂuences and obsessions going back and forth. I don’t think that’s cultural appropriation, I don’t know what it is.
Everybody gets to write what the fuck they want. But at the same time there’s going to be some blow-back. People have the right to criticise you. And I think that’s the part that people are dealing with – because they’re being critiqued by populations they don’t even necessarily see. JN: The cursory manner in which the father character’s death by police shooting is handled near the beginning of the book – is that meant to mirror how the media represents these crimes? PB: No, it has nothing to do with the media, man. It’s just a fucking book. These things just happen, they’re just a part of fucking life. It took me ﬁve years to write the book and so whenever I wrote that, all the shit that’s happening wasn’t there so it’s not a response to this. It’s a ‘this is the lay of the land, it’s always been the lay of the land, I think it’s always going to be the lay of the land.’ It’s kind of a contradiction to what we were talking about earlier, because we were talking about how people can’t deal with the contemporary: part of the reason that we go to the past is because things are still the fucking same in many ways. There’s so much reverberation that’s still there. It’s not about now so much as it’s about always.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Jonathan Ball, R190)
JN: There’s this reversal of comic relief in the novel. Normally humour is used as a counterpoint to serious topics, but in your book the humour itself is uncomfortable. I often found myself laughing at something then felt bad about it afterwards. Was this important, or even intentional, for you as you wrote it? PB: I love what you said about ‘the opposite of comic relief’. The psychology phrase for it is ‘cognitive dissonance’, so I think all the time about that notion of feeling two supposedly opposite feelings at the same time. It’s hard to write that kind of stuff, because it’s hard to verbalise and make it make sense, so that’s an interesting challenge: to write about these two supposedly opposite things happening at the same time, for me that’s fun. I remember reading an interview with Alicia Keys and they were saying, ‘What’s your favourite Biggie Smalls song?’ and she goes oh, ‘Me and my bitch’, but then she contextualises what it is about that song that spoke to her. It’s more than, you know, this mean word – there’s a bunch of shit happening all at once – and it’s not like one cancels the other out. I think that’s the other thing, we think of contradiction. We think of hypocrisy as automatically cancelling something out. The fundamental thing is that I’m always uncomfortable and so that’s where it starts formulating, that’s just how I write. DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 GQ.CO.ZA 53
Samsung DeX onnect your Samsung Galaxy , S8+ and Note8 to a monitor, yboard and mouse with the eX Station – for an instant o o o
Samsung Gear VR with Controller
It’s the thought that counts – so we’ve done the thinking for you. No matter who you’re shopping for, make your search more festive with these great gifting ideas
Experience games, apps and movies like you’ve never done before with Samsung’s ﬁrst Gear VR headset with a controller.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic Don’t be fooled by it’s classic design – the Gear S3 comes with advanced features. From its voice search service to a changeable interface, it’s so much more than just a watch.
RRP R1 999 RRP R5 999
Samsung Premium Floor-standing Air Conditioner
Samsung Flexzone Fridge Keep things fresh this summer with the Samsung Flexzone. Its sleek design and ﬂexible food storage system makes it the ideal addition to your kitchen.
RRP R54 999
Cool down over the December holidays with the Q9000, perfect for large open-plan living.
RRP R25 999
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ With its Inﬁnity Display screen, this phone looks as good as it operates. Quick and battery efﬁcient, it boasts facial recognition and front and back cameras for that perfect shot.
Samsung QLED TV
RRP from R14 999
Escape into the world of your favourite show with the QLED TV. With its life-like picture quality and vivid colour display, you’ll feel like your part of the action.
RRP from R33 000
Samsung AddwashTM Front Loading Washing Machine Lighten your load with Samsung’s Addwash with Eco Bubble technology for a deeper wash every time.
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RRP from R9 499
Samsonite Torus Laptop Backpack
Hendrick’s Gin The Secret Order gift set Unlock the secrets to the perfect gin and tonic with this magical Hendrick’s Gin gift set, including otherworldly cocktail recipes and a special teacup for mysterious cucumber rituals.
Protect your laptop – and your back – with this functional and stylish Samsonite bag.
RRP R1 600
Remington Personal Groom Kit Look your best with the ultimate personal grooming tool, with a trimming range that delivers absolute precision every time.
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NutriBullet 600W Transform your daily diet with the NutriBullet, a nutritio extractor designed t break down even the toughest ingredient
RRP R1 995
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The Festive Season is a magical time. To ensure customers’ shopping experiences are a pleasure over the holiday season, Mall of Africa has done all the work for its shoppers, from selecting gifts, to staying open longer so there’s more time to shop. To help make the gift-buying process easier, Mall of Africa’s personal shopper has carefully curated a selection of gifts from the variety of beautiful items available in stores. With a host of amazing restaurants and a food court that caters to every choice, not to mention plenty of entertainment for the kids, Mall of Africa is making festive shopping fun again!
Versace Medusa Slip-On High-Top Palazzo Sneakers Crafted from soft calf skin and nappa, and embellished with a gold-tone Medusa, these tennis shoes make a good impression.
Sergent Major A children's fashion brand based in Paris, Sergent Major brings catwalk elegance to its collections for kids from zero to 11 years old. The belief at Sergent Major is that children should remain children – enjoying the dreams that separate them from the adult world. Woollen boys’ hat
R183 Satin pants
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Known for their elegant and unique lighting designs, Isabelina’s range of table and standing lamps will offer an understated elegance to your interior.
A specialist diamond and jewellery enterprise, Louis Daniele offers trendsetting design, quality craftsmanship and certiﬁed conﬂict-free diamonds.
Gold drum sidetable
Louie Daniele Morganite Ring
A ring to stand the test of time, with its rich colour and simple, elegant design.
LA Curve ﬂoor lamp
R8 950 Gold drum shade
Helly Hans Roll Up Orange Sailing Bag The sailor ba is made of Helly Tech® Professional p of aking p fect g or y abl y u h t t e ater
Paul Smith Zebra Cufﬂinks These multi-colour cufﬂinks have a polished ﬁnish and Paul Smith signature embossed T-bar fastenings.
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Rémy Martin XO Gift Box The iconic Rémy Martin XO is a true symbol of luxury and prestige. Velvety, rich and lingering, XO is expertly crafted by the Rémy Martin cellar master, blending hundreds of eaux-de-vie from the most soughtafter vineyards of Cognac to express its full aromatic intensity. Appreciate it neat, on ice, or in a classic cocktail.
R2 349, exclusive to Makro Liquor
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Gift Pack Chosen by hand, eye and taste, rather than a process or formula, every drop of Port Charlotte is carefully crafted by a team of artisans. Trickle distilled from 100% Scottishgrown barley and peated to a heavyweight 40ppm, the cuvée showcases a union of the classic ﬂoral elegance of Bruichladdich with heavy peat. The gift pack includes two stunning dram glasses and is available from selected retailers.
The Botanist Gin Gift Pack The Botanist Gin is the ﬁrst and only Islay Dry Gin. Hailing from the wild Hebridean isles of Scotland, it is trickle distilled and augmented with a heavy harvest of 22 hand-picked botanicals by an expert foraging team. The gift pack, complete with a beautiful cocktail mixing glass, is available exclusively at Norman Goodfellows and Makro Liquor stores.
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Words by Dieter Losskarn
Volkswagen recently introduced a powerful diesel in their Golf range. GQ Motoring Editor Dieter Losskarn tested all three performance hatchbacks – GTD, GTI and R – to ﬁnd out who should buy which 60 GQ.CO.ZA DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
remember my last chauffeured racetrack drive in the fi rst fast left-hander. I was driven by Sabine Schmitz in her screaming V10 BMW M5, dubbed the ‘ring taxi’, through the green hell of Nürburgring. It was early in the morning and I realised what BMW actually means: Breakfast Must Wait. Now, I am strapped into a bucket seat next to Volkswagen GTC racing driver
Mathew Hodges, who is blasting around Kyalami race track. Hodges tackles a Ferrari driver, overtaking him on the left, just to annihilate the Porsche GT3 the 458 was battling with. I forgot to mention that we are in a Golf. Standard, except for a couple of modifications: the body was stripped and a roll cage fitted. The shock absorbers and springs are competition components and the front lower control arms were made adjustable.
Volkswagen Golf VII GTD, GTI & R ENGINE •
2.0-l. turbo diesel / 2.0-l. petrol (both with a 6-speed DSG) / 2.0-l. petrol (7-speed DSG & 4motion all-wheel drive)
130 / 169 / 213 kW and 380 / 350 / 380Nm
PERFORMANCE • •
0-100km/h in 7.4 / 6.4 / 4.6 seconds top speed 230 / 248 / 250km/h
The exhaust is free from the turbo charger to the rear of the car, resulting in a pleasantly aggressive sound. Racing in the Sasol GTC Championship, this Golf has to run on 17-inch wheels, not the standard 18 inches. Chip-tuning has upped the power to 215kW, which is the maximum allowed in the class it competes. That is a mere 2kW more than the new R, Volkswagen’s fastest series Golf. But let’s have a look at the two other
performance Golfs first: the iconic GTI, the first hot hatch ever, and the GTD, the new power diesel. The GTI accounts for almost 60% of Golf sales in South Africa. At first glance, the two cars look identical: they have all the updates the facelifted Golf 7 received, including the digital cockpit. Whereas the GTI features the characteristic red lines around the body, the GTD blings with chrome. Both have the air intakes in the front spoiler, a big
R506 700 / R545 800 / R647 300
rear spoiler and are 15mm lower than the standard Golf. While the GTD has chromed twin end pipes, the GTI has single ones, left and right. So is the GTD a diesel GTI? Let’s look at the figures: 130kW compared to the GTI’s 169kW. In return, the GTD has 30Nm more torque, 380 to the GTI’s 350Nm. The oil burner’s driving feel is similar, albeit less agile. On windy roads it stands its ground surprisingly well. >> DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 GQ.CO.ZA 61
With the GTI, nothing much has changed. It defined the hot-hatch class and still rules it. And then there is the abovementioned, track-inspired R – the most powerful Golf ever sold in SA. So who should buy which? The GTD is for the family man, who wants performance, but has to ‘sell’ fuel economy. The GTI is for the family man, who plans to impress his girlfriend and the R is the single man’s choice, who is constantly on the hunt. And what’s next? Can we expect more power? Yes. In 2018 Volkswagen will make a performance pack available for the GTI, increasing its output to 180kW and torque to 370Nm, enabling a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds, with top speed limited to 250km/h. The new Golf 8 is due in early 2019, and when you look at a close family member, the Audi A3, you see what’s feasible. The ballistic RS3, aptly dubbed ‘the tarmac terrorist’, boasts 295kW, 480Nm of torque and reaches 100km/h in about 4 seconds. A revived Golf R400 might be able to keep up with this brother from the same mother. And annihilate the odd Ferrari or Porsche on a tight track.
The Volkswagen Motorsport Jetta GTC can keep up with the best of them
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Read about the BMW i8’s new facelift on GQ.co.za
The digital cockpit in the new GTI
AN INTELLIGENT A L LY ALEX CAIGE
The perfect companion The Mate 10 Pro’s split-screen functionality lets Caige run multiple complex apps and tasks side by side without lag, and the ﬂ uid navigation dock makes it easy to operate with just one hand. As a club DJ and MC, Caige often needs to make calls in crowded settings. Intelligent technology in the Mate 10 Pro works to boost hard-to-hear calls and cancel out ambient noise in rowdy settings.
947 Presenter, TV personality, MC and voice-over artist Alex Caige is at the forefront of the local entertainment industry. And as a device that’s at the forefront of its oZn Àeld, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a great Àt for his multi-faceted lifestyle. Plus, it helps with his side hustle as a pilot, too.
Media powerhouse A man who’s front and centre in the entertainment world needs a device that can entertain. And with lightning-fast download capabilities, hi-ﬁ audio quality, a FullView Display OLED screen and the ability to support 4K video, the Mate 10 Pro does a superior job.
Going places The Mate 10 Pro is well positioned to assist Caige with the demanding task of ﬂying a plane. The AI App Engine works to improve the performance of third-party apps, even when the phone is in ﬂight mode, so Caige can use the device as a reliable navigation tool in the air. While Caige can rely on the Mate 10 Pro performing for up to two days on a single charge, when the battery does run low, SuperCharge will power the phone to 58% in 30 minutes.
Selfies on tap Alongside the intelligent Leica dual lens on the back, the Mate 10 Pro also features a high-performing 8mp front camera. AI-powered machine learning achieves a professional bokeh effect.
Turning heads Available in Mocha Brown and Titanium Grey, the Mate 10 Pro is a design triumph – a premium symbol of success. Its 3D glass and metal body is beautifully curved for ergonomics and complements a reﬁned sense of style.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro R17 999 Huawei.com/za
COMPANION JANEZ VERMEIREN
The right image The phones we use make a statement about who we are. With a sleek, glass body, the Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design speaks to Vermeiren’s sense of style and business success. When time is tight, it helps to have a phone that thinks for you. Fitted with the world’s ﬁrst mobile AI processor, the Mate 10 Porsche Design is predictive, proactive, highly responsive and remarkably speedy. Which helps Vermeiren manage demands that much more efﬁciently.
As the owner of production company Cheeky Media and model and celebrity management agency Full Circle, former Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren is a busy man with a varied schedule. He needs a phone that not only keeps up with him, but also improves his ability to function. Here’s why he considers the new limitededition Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 to be the perfect tech partner in life and business.
A 4000 mAh battery, paired
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management, helps to stretch
exciting settings, Vermeiren needs
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a camera that can capture the
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a smart multi-column display
globe-trotting tendencies are
makes mobile working
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effortless, and in PC mode,
real-time language translation
the phone supports a full
software, and a dual SIM set-up,
ideal for global network hopping.
Handsome, but hardy As the phone is water and dust resistant, it ﬁts well into Vermeiren’s active, ﬁtness-focused lifestyle. The custom-made leather case that comes with the limited-edition Porsche Design is also protective, while maintaining the premium look and feel of the smartphone.
Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design R26 999 Huawei.com/za
The smart money: E N T R E P R E N E U R A D V I C E s Y E A R - E N D C A R E E R R E V I E W s B A T T L I N G B U R N O U T
he typical response to being stuck in traffic resembles the five stages of grief. First there’s denial, then anger, then bargaining, and then depression. Finally, there’s acceptance, which is the part where you resign yourself to making the corner of Strand and Long streets your new home and take a nap on your steering wheel. Instead of continuing to cycle through these stages after a soul-destroying commute, Chris Megan, Carl Cronje and Sipho Ndimande are actually doing something about the problem of traffic congestion in South Africa’s urban centres. The three entrepreneurs founded uGoMyWay, a free carpooling and ridesharing app that connects people who are travelling the same regular routes so they can share the ride and the costs involved. While currently Cape Towncentric, the platform is growing fast enough to soon start clearing roads in other major cities, too. The trio sat down with us to chat about the traffic crisis and the benefits of the old lift-club concept.
WE’RE ALL GOING NOWHERE SLOWLY Could this carpooling app be the solution to major trafﬁc congestion in South Africa? Words by Dayle Kavonic
GQ: It’s no secret that trafﬁc is an issue in Cape Town, but what’s the actual scale of the problem? UGoMyWay: Honestly, we’re at crisis level. And what happens after crisis? Disaster. Cape Town and other urban centres like Jo’burg are seeing great economic growth with high-rises going up everywhere. And that’s fantastic, but we can’t support the traffic. We can’t build any more roads and the public transport system is so behind. Capetonians are already spending three to four hours on the road every day. We hear people saying that it feels like their days are getting shorter. It’s not their imagination. They actually are. And research has proven that this all impacts very negatively on wellbeing and productivity in the workplace. GQ: Why do you believe that carpooling or ride-sharing is the solution? UgoMyWay: In Cape Town, the problem isn’t that there are too many people for the size of the city. It’s that too many people are driving their own cars. Around 80% of cars on the road have only one person in them. There are around 700 000 four-seater cars in Cape Town, so we already have the infrastructure to transport everybody. Now it’s about making better use of that infrastructure by putting more people into fewer cars. There are also plenty of people who drive similar routes every day, so carpooling makes sense. The idea is for drivers and passengers to make long-term carpooling arrangements. >>
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GQ: Talk us through the journey of creating the app. UgoMyWay: We started working on the concept back in 2010, but the climate wasn’t right yet for app-based solutions. So we waited a few years for the technology to catch up, and then in 2014, we self-financed our way into development. By the end of that year, we had a minimum viable product. We showed it to a few people and made the good decision to start over. This time around, we focused on user experience and Android functionality, and finally in 2016 we had a product that we felt proud enough of to launch. But the challenge with a model of this nature is that you need to reach a critical mass of users before anyone can find a good match. So we started marketing at schools, and then more recently partnered with Accelerate Cape Town to run a pilot project with eight top corporates in the CBD. We saw a huge increase in downloads and 89% of users were able to find a match.
GQ: What features did you need to add to make the app competitive? UgoMyWay: One of the biggest things has been fine-tuning our algorithms to provide excellent matches, which maximise the distance of the shared journey and minimise how far the driver has to deviate from their route to pick up or drop off passengers. In our pilot, we found that 90% of users got a good match, and of these, 84% got what we call ‘high-quality’ matches with less than 5km deviation. To address safety concerns, we’ve given users the option to affiliate themselves with organisations and companies they belong to so there’s accountability. And then there’s also the option to give a star rating to anyone you’ve carpooled with. For convenience, we’ve integrated an in-app chat function, and there’s a functionality to formalise how much passengers will contribute to the ride per km. Users can also easily make payments within the app using SnapScan technology, and all trips are logged for record-keeping.
GQ: Aside from helping with trafﬁc congestion, what are some of the other beneﬁts of carpooling? UgoMyWay: Splitting travel costs is a big benefit. We worked out that if you’re doing a daily journey of 21km, carpooling can save you R1 000 on fuel every month, and that’s a conservative estimate. It also reduces emissions, which is great for the environment. And it’s good for social cohesion, too. Put another person in your car and a commute becomes a social experience. But the biggest benefit has to be that it gives people time back – up to an hour a day to do the things you actually want to do like yoga. GQ: What can we expect to see from you in the future? UgoMyWay: The plan is to take the app to the rest of South Africa and the whole continent. Ultimately, we’d like to be part of building a future where no one even needs to own a car.
T HE ENTREPRENEUR
BRIAN CHESKY The CEO and cofounder of Airbnb – the R400bn home-sharing company that operates across 191 different countries with more than 150 million users – reveals what he has learnt
In 2015 Chesky was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship
Born New York Age 35 Chesky with his Airbnb cofounders Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia
Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco in 2015
EDUCATION 1999-2004 Rhode Island School of Design, BA Fine Arts
DON’T SETTLE ‘At school, my teachers would say: “You’re a designer. You could design the world you live in.” That was very inspiring. But, at 3DID I was designing products that would end up in a landﬁll. I quit my job and left LA with $1 000 in my bank.’
CAREER IN BRIEF 2005-2007 Industrial designer at 3DID, Los Angeles
2007 Moves to San Francisco with school friend (and future Airbnb cofounder) Joe Gebbia
CHOOSE FAILURE OVER REGRET ‘Jeff Bezos’ regret minimisation framework advises choosing fewer regrets over fewer failures. Each year, it’s harder to do something new – you have one less year of your life to do it.’
LIVE WITH YOUR COFOUNDERS ‘The turning point for Airbnb was when my two cofounders and I lived and worked together seven days a week. Bouncing ideas around late at night formed some magical moments and that close bond is what builds your company.’
October 2007 Launched airbedandbreakfast.com Airbedandbreakfast.com back in 2007
WORDS BY ELEANOR HALLS
STOP FRETTING ABOUT COPYCATS
April 2009 Airbnb receives funding worth R7 920 000
‘I remember when I started Airbnb, somebody told me, “Don’t worry about someone stealing your idea. They will only dismiss it.”’
May 2011 Ashton Kutcher invests in the company
GO DIRECT TO SOURCE
October 2013 Airbnb receives its nine millionth booking
‘By picking the right source, you can fast-forward learning something new. I’m pretty shameless when asking for help, including from Mark Zuckerberg. The circumstances might be different, but you can learn the outlying principles.’
January 2017 Airbnb reports that it is in proﬁt
Chesky with Ashton Kutcher, an early investor in Airbnb
GRIP ANY CRISES ‘We had a PR nightmare after renters trashed a home in San Francisco. I was advised to increase the guarantee for hosts ten-fold. In a crisis if you move in one direction, you’re usually okay.’ DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 GQ.CO.ZA 69
tick with us on this – it’s actor (and one-time Calvin Klein bulge) Travis Fimmel’s maiden voyage on Vikings. His enterprising Norsemen suddenly decide to check their course with a floating sundial contraption. Had they not made that valuable course correction, Fimmel wouldn’t have put boots on the ground in sunny England and slaughtered all those monks in episode two. And so, hedonistic TV pillaging aside, even the most distant of goals need constant reassessing – especially when eyeing off a corner suite with an actual door that actually closes. Steve Hammond, executive search specialist and director of Kingfisher Recruitment, believes that whatever your industry, what’s essential is not only some sort of mud map of where you want your career to go, but also an ability to stay on course. Because a decent progression in your professional life will require frequent reviews as your skill set
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Words by David Halliday
KEEP CHECKING IN QUICKLY AND OFTEN According to Warwick Peel, CEO of Future Directors Institute and Startup Boardroom, a career plan needs serious reflection at least twice a year. Minimum. Ideally, once every quarter. And for this, there’s no better time than year end, when companies are talking performance reviews – and most employees are planning their summer vacations, and not their next career move. With the rest of the office set to autopilot mode, it’s a good opportunity to spin the wheels of career development. ‘You set aside monthly commitments on your financial plans,’ says Peel. ‘Career plans are no different.’
Now’s the best time to execute a professional health check and make sure you’re on course
expands and you learn more about future opportunities. Being open to a new role when it’s presented is great, but that leaves the destiny of your career path in someone else’s hands. And if you’re sitting by an iPhone waiting for a recruiter to call, you’ll be left waiting a while. ‘Regular discussions with a specialist recruiter is a good idea,’ says Hammond. ‘As is giving real thought to your annual review and engaging in an honest dialogue with your current employer about where you want to go.’ And as much as it’s a giant cliché, the question ‘where do you want to be in five years?’ is one you should have answers to.
THE YEAREND CAREER REVIEW
KEEP IN MIND YOU’RE AT THE TILLER To continue the directional theme, considering that we spend more time, on average, at our desks than asleep, you’ll be much happier if your career progress is in your control – and not the HR department’s. ‘If you are leaving your career plan in the hands of HR or hiring managers from within your company, you’re beholden to what’s best for the company,’ says Peel. ‘And that’s not necessarily what is best for you.’ KEEP GOALS VERSATILE Avoid the set-and-forget approach where you create goals and leave them to collect dust on your metaphorical vision board. The key is in maintaining targets that are active and adaptable. A career plan should be fluid and always evolving, and not a distraction that gets in the way of kicking goals in your current role. KEEP YOUR PORTFOLIO UP TO DATE By updating your CV/ LinkedIn/ portfolio every 12 months – minimum – you can take stock of achievements. Look at the skills you’ve developed, both technical and soft, and make sure you’re moving in the right direction. Does your organisation have a performance review every six to 12 months? Perfect. Instead of closing your eyes and thinking of England, use the review time to document how your career is tracking and what you want to achieve next year.
BATTLING BURNOUT It’s time to abandon the culture of overworking Investing in a structured wellbeing programme that can curb absenteeism, boost productivity and prevent stress and depression in the ofﬁce Words by Christopher Harvey
he facts speak for themselves: one in four employees blame work as the primary cause of poor mental health. Half of all employees do not feel their workplace is an emotionally healthy environment, with 55 per cent of organisations having no formal strategy for handling employee wellbeing.
THE HIGH-PRESSURE PROBLEM For those earning six-figure salaries, the pressures and expectations to maintain sky-high performance are exceptional. We know it often requires things to get toxic before any significant change is triggered in the workplace. First it was gender, then there was race, disability, religion and sexuality. It wouldn’t be the first time something profoundly in need of an overhaul has been dismissed as shallow and frivolous by a shortsighted economy. Studies have shown those in competitive and high-pressure roles will work hard regardless of exhaustion, stress, eating disorders, or even clinical mental conditions, doing whatever is required in order to get the work done. Job cuts in corporate hubs and increasing expectations to do more with less means stress levels are now past breaking point. It’s a question of when and not if for most. THE WELLBEING SOLUTION Yes, mental health has a silver lining: the individual, the employer, the team and the entire business can benefit significantly from seemingly minor interventions. New research reveals that feelings of being supported at work can help prevent emotional exhaustion and create happiness, building resilience, which in turn produces higher productivity rates. Everybody wins and there’s a resilience intervention to fit every company budget.
HOW ORGANISATIONS CAN BOOST WELLBEING… Managerial mental health training Courses for line managers are tailored at improving awareness and understanding of mental health at work, how work can impact on staff and how to broach the subject, making referrals where necessary.
Flexible working Allow staff to balance their personal and working life and be more ﬂexible about managing their health, whether it be controlling daily habits such as meditation and ﬁtness or even taking medication and tucking the children in at night.
Make healthy options appealing A healthier body means a healthier mind. Studies show that something as small as even a better selection of tea at work can create a culture that stimulates collaboration and productivity.
Engage with a coach Executive coaching is a great way to improve conﬁdence, communication and create vitality in the workforce. The positive impacts will ﬂow throughout the organisation, while improvements in key staff retention, productivity, attendance, quality of work and morale prove addressing mental wellbeing isn’t so frivolous after all.
‘Feelings of being supported at work can help prevent emotional exhaustion’
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He’s more spirit-lifting t h a n J ay Z , more co n g e n i a l t h a n D ra ke , and more ‘of the people’ t h a n Ka nye . And with no label backing him, he’s leading hip h o p t o a n ew p l a ce , a n ew e ra , a w h o l e n ew s o u n d . But can C h a n ce the Rapper b e co m e the best we ’ ve g ot? Words by Mark Anthony Green
Photographs by Eric Ray Davidson
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‘I’m a rapper! You should be able to say that shit and, like, make someone scared in a good way. Like, “Oh shit, you might know the president!” It should feel that way’ The room is packed, as recording studios tend to be at one in the morning. Inside are engineers and beat tweakers and weed deliverers and weed rollers and childhood friends now playing the integral part of weed passers. And there’s Chance the Rapper, the 24-year-old man-child – new favourite of Barack Obama and Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘nephew’ to Beyoncé and heir apparent to Kanye West. The scene in the studio is Hip-hop 101: A small room with a rapper and people watching the rapper. Beats blasting from rectangles. Standard business. To the music industry, Chance the Rapper is anything but standard business. He’s like nothing it’s seen since you-knowwho. But he’s different from Kanye, too. His raps are complex and savvy – more like Eminem’s, but born-again – and packed with winks and finger-gun shit talking. His voice, when he sings, straddles a line between Rugrats and BB King. There’s pain and hope, naïveté and wisdom. He’s an independent artist. No label. No distribution deal. Nada. He’s given away every album/mixtape/whatever-we’re-calling-songs-lumpedtogether for free nowadays. His rise wasn’t overnight – he just started young. First there was 10 Day, the mixtape he recorded while serving a ten-day suspension in high school. And then Acid Rap, the album that turned the heads of every label exec in North America. Then maybe his most overlooked project, Surf, with Donnie Trumpet, a friend who (surprise) plays the trumpet. Last year, when Kanye tapped Chance for the opening track of The Life of Pablo, Chance stole the show. With the world suddenly watching, he dropped his third mixtape, Coloring Book, and then he hung out in the White House. How to explain it? There’s something rare and powerful at play. Every verse, every video, every show seems like you’re watching him on a quest. A sword in one hand that’s almost too large for him to carry. A crown he has yet to grow into, blocking part of his vision. World tour, Billboard charts, Grammys… Chance conquers. And all with a smile. Tonight it’s just his friends and me watching. He ashes a cigarette and steps to the mic with his chest inflated and hat low. As I watch him create melodies on the spot, it’s apparent that Chance is a child of instinct. If it feels right, cue it up. And if it feels wrong – good riddance. Making music that’s uplifting and hopeful and ‘clean-cut’ feels right. Signing to a label and someone else owning your music? Felt wrong. Wearing a cap feels right – all of the time. It’s a child-like creation in an industry of hyper-produced mega-songs. Even his name seems to be the first thing to come into someone’s head when he decides he’s going to rhyme words for a living. So that’s where we begin, alone in a room above the crew and engineers. >>
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GQ: Your name seems more temporary than your talent, though. Do you ever think about changing it or just going by Chance? CTR: Yeah. My dad used to always say, ‘You need to change your name to Chance the Artist. This song, this is different.’ I remember one day I was with Justin – my best friend, who has always been really good at school. My dad would introduce us to folks and they would ask, ‘What’re you going to be when you grow up?’ Justin’s fucking 7 years old talking about, ‘I’m going to be a biomedical engineer.’ You know, he’s just that guy. And I remember they asked me, and I said a rapper. And my dad laughed it off, like, ‘No, he doesn’t…’ You know? And I remember that shit used to bother the fuck out of me, because I thought Kanye West was the smartest man in the world. The best poet in the world. The freshest-dressed in the world. That’s what a rapper was to me, and I wanted everybody to feel that way about the word ‘rapper’. I hate that when you introduce yourself, and you’re a rapper, sometimes you gotta say, ‘I’m a musician.’ Or, ‘I’m an artist.’ ‘I’m a recording artist.’ ‘I’m a vocalist.’ GQ: You should be proud to say: I’m a rapper. CTR: I’m a rapper! You should be able to say that shit and, like, make someone scared in a good way. Like, ‘Oh shit, you might know the president!’ It should feel that way.
GQ: What’s the toughest thing about being Chance the Rapper in a relationship? CTR: Just my time. My time and also my knack for, like, you know, just… Fuck the second thing that I was going to say – let’s just keep it at that... [laughs] GQ: Wise! What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a woman? CTR: Oooh, that’s a good question. I’ve done some grandiose things... Oh! I got it. I had a girlfriend in high school and I published a poem on Facebook about her, and I remember everybody flaming my ass for it forever. I hope that shit is gone, actually. I gotta check. GQ: She’s probably sitting somewhere right now saying, ‘Yo, you know, Chance the Rapper used to write poetry about me.’ CTR: Bro! She is definitely on top, because I used to write poems about her and they all worked out. She was cool, though.
‘Kanye says crazier shit in private than he does in public, which is hard to believe... He has a filter’
GQ: Why the cap? CTR: I used to always rock a cap when I was in high school and get them taken away. Like, so often that at the end of each school year, there would be a box of all the confiscated caps. After they gave back a few caps to other kids, they would just give me the box because the rest were all my hats. So I think, in one part, it’s a rebellion. There are a few things that I have because I’m a man-child. Like I don’t eat vegetables at all. Never. I hate eating vegetables. The only vegetables I eat are lettuce on a burger.
GQ: And now the ‘3’ hat is everywhere. CTR: Yeah, so I was like, ‘You know what? Let’s switch it.’ I wanted to switch from the White Sox hat. I wanted to put something else on the hat. And so I decided to do ‘3’. I just thought that it made the most sense because it was the third project. Also, I was having a lot of trouble figuring out what the title of the project was going to be and what typography to put it in. The original title for the project was, uh, ‘The Magnificent Coloring Book’. But that’s just so many words and it looks so shitty, no matter how I put it on the hat. GQ: Yeah, like ‘Make America Great Again’. CTR: Exactly. Exactly. That’s so many syllables, so many words. So I was, like, we won’t put a title on it. Just put the ‘3’ on the hat. So it will be the third. Since then, I’ve rationalised it to myself that 76 GQ.CO.ZA DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
it stands for the third mixtape, the Holy Trinity, and the threepronged family of myself, my daughter, and my girl.
GQ: What’s the downside of being a celebrity? The limitations that come with notoriety? CTR: That’s the main thing. I don’t consider being a musician the same thing as being a celebrity. Celebrity is strictly the fact that if I go somewhere, to a… frozen-yoghurt shop– GQ: Do you like frozen yoghurt? CTR: I love frozen yoghurt.
GQ: Cool. Had to confirm. Journalism! CTR: I’m glad that you could tell when I said ‘frozen-yoghurt spot’ that I was talking about something that actually happened to me in my life – this happens in a lot of places. If I go to a frozen-yoghurt spot, and I get my yoghurt, and I put on my toppings, and I go to the front, and the cashier freaks out, she’s like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, you’re Chance the Rapper.’ And then the other lady there, she says, ‘I don’t know who you are.’ It’s the difference in those two reactions. Like, this one girl might fan out, and this other girl might not care at all. But then in a few seconds, this girl’s going to start making it very apparent that she doesn’t know who I am, making jokes about it and asking me who I am, what do I do. And then, in the end, she’s going to ask for a picture, too. It’s like today was different in her life because she saw a celebrity. And that sucks. And the pressure of being right and presentable as a celebrity kind of sucks. GQ: I find that interesting with you. Because you idolise Kanye. Nobody’s less– CTR: Likable. GQ: Right. And less presentable. Does that make it easier for you to do or say the wrong thing? CTR: I don’t think I ever wanted to be like Kanye in personality, though. I think I definitely want to, have always wanted to, have his boldness or assurance in myself. But I’ve definitely seen >>
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GQ: Your name, Chance the Rapper, is funny. A generational joke, in a way. But you were nominated for seven Grammys. People are saying you’re going to be one of the greatest to ever do it. Chance the Rapper: [laughs] I can super appreciate all that pressure. I’ll take that.
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GQ MAN CTR: I think the Grammys are super important to music. As a musician, I think it’s the same thing as an actor receiving an Oscar. Do I think that the Grammys are always fully representative of a person’s talent? No. Just like Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar until this past year. And he’s been doing his fucking thing. But I think everybody wants validation, everybody wants to feel like they did right. And I think its my victory. You know? GQ: I can’t imagine you in a rap beef. Do you think that’ll ever happen? You going diss for diss with some rapper? CTR: I don’t see it ever happening. You know, I take my fucking raps so seriously that I don’t write raps without having a purpose for them anymore. I can’t write raps without having a beat and having an understanding of what I’m going to do with that song. I have to know what I’m going to do with that track when I’m done. I can’t see myself ever having somebody say something about me on a song and me being like, ‘All right, now I’m about to say something about them on a song.’ GQ: When was the last time you were broke? CTR: I go broke a lot because I have this understanding that whatever I put out there, if I really am doing what’s right, it’s going to be rewarding, you know? If I’m working on it something will come back. And that’s how every project has been since I was in high school, since I was Instrumentality [Chance’s musical alter ego in high school] and I was giving out CDs for free. Everything has come back tenfold. I remember sitting on the back of the bus on the first day of the Social Experiment tour, with my face in my hands. I emptied out my bank account, and before I did that tour that was the number one thing I said I’d never do. But I put all that money up, and within two weeks, when everyone was getting paid, I was like, okay, cool we’re good again.
Kanye do things where I was like, ‘I’d never do that.’ I’ve always been able to defend Kanye. When everybody’s like, ‘Kanye’s a nut, Kanye’s a nut,’ I’m one of those guys saying, ‘No, he’s saying some real shit.’ Like when he went on stage with Taylor, I was, like… well… Beyoncé kind of deserved that. [laughs] I’m rationalising everything that he does, but I can’t say that in the same position I would do the same things. Being around Kanye, Kanye says crazier shit in private than he does in public, which is hard to believe because he says the craziest things in public. He does have a filter. He’s not a liar or somebody that is going to sugarcoat things when he does speak. But Kanye’s said some crazy shit to me where I respond, ‘No, I don’t feel you at all.’ I always wanted to be more of a person that people enjoy. Somebody that will make you laugh. I’m talking about just my personality, not necessarily how my music sounds. Because I believe I’m a disrupter like Kanye in a lot of ways. GQ: Yeah. Seven Grammy noms with no label is pretty disruptive. CTR: You know what I’m saying?! I get that from Ye. But I get my personality and my character and my understanding of how I respond to people and how I work with people and how I present my opinions – I get that from my dad. GQ: How important are the Grammys – to music, and to Chance the Rapper? 78 GQ.CO.ZA DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
GQ: What do your parents think of all of this? All of the attention? CTR: My dad’s had a million jobs. Whether it was, like, working for sanitation or working on somebody’s campaign, whatever he was doing, people would always want to talk to him. About something that they needed, or somebody that they were mad at and they wanted my dad to fix it. My mom hated it. She’d be like, ‘Be with your fucking family! We’re at the movies.’ GQ: How does your mom feel about you now? CTR: I think my mom is very, very, very proud. GQ: But how does she feel about the celebrity aspect of your life? CTR: I think I’m the most apprehensive and private of all of us. I remember when I was first getting into my career, my mom was very, very hands-on and protective. She’s super smart. I’m a young parent in a relationship, so there’s always relationship advice or parenting advice that I get from my parents. I do miss the times when I was, you know, still living on 79th and could come home, but I don’t feel as sheltered by anybody anymore. My dad has always just been a people person. I still look to my dad for advice. My dad’s the man. And I can’t say that enough. He has always stuck up for people. And he’s also always been a good dude. That’s who I want to be. I’m okay if the story seems boring to people because I’m a good guy. I’d be cool with people remembering me as a good, boring dude. As long as people say good. You know? I want to be the good guy. And sometimes the good guy sounds like a lame thing. But the good guy, in what I’ve seen happen so far, the good usually wins.
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In an era of gratuitous, socialmedia-stoked vanity, how can men make sure they look their best without crossing the line into self-obsessed weenie-dom? GQ’s crack style and grooming team equips you with the rules, tips, inside intel, and critical lady advice for navigating the (well-moisturised) mineﬁeld of male upkeep
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(But not look like you’re trying) I HAVE PERFECT EYEBROWS. I really do. They’re identical, subtly arched, and full without being bushy. Every follicle is in lockstep. It’s like there’s one really strict boss lash who micro-manages the other lashes into picturesque roofs for my eyes. I’m basically the black, male Cindy Crawford. When my friends used to make fun of me for (allegedly) plucking or sculpting my eyebrows, it bothered me. Though I never have and never will actually work on my eyebrows, the accusation still got under my skin. Sure, I want perfect eyebrows. But I don’t want people to think I want perfect eyebrows – to mistake me for the sort of person who might expend even a little time, money, or effort perfecting his eyebrows. I just want to look good. I say it without shame, and you should, too. But that self-consuming quest for looking good has haunted me since sixth grade. Ever since I got an in-school suspension for brushing my hair during language arts. This was the first time in my life I was accused of being vain. And it cut me to the core. I was raised to believe that vanity wasn’t just
distasteful – it was borderline immoral. A corrosive distraction. That being consumed with your appearance would directly inhibit you from reaching your full potential on other fronts, with other parts of your body, like, say, your brain. But there are ways to take care of yourself better than you ever could’ve imagined, without crossing the line. How do I work on myself without tipping the balance of self-improvement over into self-obsession? How do I fix pimple scars or my posture or my man-feet without becoming like the very over-primped people I kind of despise? How do I care without over-caring? I’ve spent a lot of time devising some well-worn ground rules. Start here with the commandments. And then let us help you navigate the treatments and tactics that’ll help make you the best version of you. – MARK ANTHONY GREEN
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‘Every man should have a magnifying mirror. If you look good magniﬁed, you are set to go’ – TOM FORD
K N OW T H Y L I N E . . . ... between hygienic and vainglorious. Sort everything you’re doing – or considering doing – into two categories: wellness and polish. Going to the dentist? That’s wellness. But getting your teeth whitened? That’s polish. Seemingly harmless indulgences – the vain man’s version of ‘I only smoke when I drink’ – can rapidly proliferate into pack-a-day narcissism. Minding the line between universally accepted upkeep and soul-less self-absorption is critical.
VA N I T Y I S A B O U T T I M E Vanity is not, contrary to popular belief, a function of money but rather of time. Recently I started getting laser facials instead of spending three minutes a day washing my face. While seemingly more involved, laser facials take up just ten minutes per week. I spend less time worrying about my acne, thus freeing up time to… not think about myself. Almost anything that saves you net time, no matter how indulgent, is justiﬁable.
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WHAT MORE CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR TEETH?
WHITEN AWAY (JUST NOT AT HOME) In order to get one of those blinding movie-star grins, you have to do more than use a whitening toothpaste. Things like white strips or brush-on gel are a fine next step. Some people opt to go the ‘natural’ route and use one of those new charcoal powders. If you have an Instagram account, you’ve probably seen someone #blessed to be #sponsored by an at-home LED whitening system. It’s a milder version of the whitening treatment you can get at the dentist’s office but tends to take longer and is less effective. Pony up and consult a pro. – Garrett Munce
D O W H AT ’ S R I G H T F O R YO U
There’s no universal best nose or beard. My beautiful eyebrows would look insane on Jonah Hill. Everything boils down to you trying to look your best, for you.
NO PERMANENT MARKERS Permanent is bad. Nothing that’s forever, unless it’s, like, a pacemaker. – MAG
BEARDVANITY: THE ONLY VAIN THAT’S A- OK? The ﬂ ip side of living in a society that expects women to look the way they do through a Snapchat ﬁ lter is that nobody
accuses me of vanity when I spend hours doing my hair and putting on makeup. I can spend R800 on
toner and invisible face water, and I’m still not vain – just another fresh-faced victim of the patriarchy. Not so for men. Straight men who invest heavily in their appearance are mostly regarded with suspicion by women. But your beard is the one feature you can obsess over freely without alienating women. It’s the man cave of the face. I’d be spooked if a guy spent an hour artfully dishevelling his hair, but by all
means take three hours doing whatever it is you do with beard wax. I’ll watch. Buy that R6 500 industriallooking electric razor – you can plug it into my wall. Slather yourself in beard oil and please, please tell me what you do with a badger brush. Your beard ritual is as intriguing to me as my beauty regimen is to you. So be beardvain. Just don’t leave little clippings in my goddamn sink. – Lauren Larson
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‘My bathroom is ﬁlled with so many different toiletries, so every night is a different experience’ – DIDDY
ANEW F RO NTI E R : SHEET MASKS
THE SPECTRUM OF FOOTCARE INDULGENCE
Clipping your toenails The bare minimum. Length between ‘nothing’ and ‘talons’.
‘Baby foot’ Leave this foot mask on for one hour, and a week later the dead skin will molt off.
Pumice stone Use this rock to scrape the dead skin off your soles and heels about once a week.
Callus shaver Like a cheese knife for Traditional pedicure your feet and one of the Once you get over the awkwardness most terrifying grooming of having someone else work on your feet, tools ever invented. you’ll be astounded at how clean they end up.
Fish pedicure The holy grail of weird grooming treatments, in which your feet are submerged in a tank of hundreds of tiny hungry ﬁsh that nibble your dead skin away.
ARE YOU A ‘BABY FOOT’ KINDA GUY?
Skin care is such a big deal in South Korea that it’s endorsed by the government. There’s an unofﬁcial national skin-care routine that features a minimum of ten steps. Over the past few years, those complex daily routines have trickled our way, and though they sound only slightly less involved than studying for the bar, there are elements worth highlighting. This is where sheet masks come in: They’re designed to get highly concentrated ingredients into your skin and only need to be used about once a week for less than the time it takes to watch an episode of Veep. The main reason to use these masks is hydration, something men especially need in their skin. And if you can look past some of the crazier ingredients (like snail slime), you’ll ﬁnd real changes to your mug. Bonus: You can scare the shit out of your girlfriend when you open the bathroom door looking like Hannibal Lecter. – GM
I’m at consecutive good-hair days and counting.
IN THE HALL OF VAIN
JON BON JOVI
If I’d patented ‘preeningly dishevelled,’ I’d be richer than I already am.
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Where do you think your prez got it from?
You don’t look 19 forever without a little effort.
Believe it or not, this is a scratch ‘n’ sniff. Go on, smell me.
ILLUSTRATION: DANIEL WOODGER
VA I N , F IT OR GENEB LE S S E D?
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‘One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art’ – OSCAR WILDE
34% vanity 50% the ab gene
HOW DO I KNOW I’VE GONE TOO FAR?
THE SIX-PACK DILEMMA 99% vanity
1% tha weird thing where no amount o shitty food affects his health
Genetic factors notwithstanding, those guys you see with six-packs probably work out constantly, eat highly restrictive diets, and possibly take a ton of supplements. There are quasi-surgical options that claim to give you a shortcut. I fell for CoolSculpting, and after a few hours with my love handles sucked into a giant ice-cold vacuum cleaner, the only thing that changed was that my fat was numb for a few days. What it taught me is that you need to decide what’s too hard (or literally impossible) to fix and then focus on what you can, and make that amazing. For all the times I wish I had a six-pack or better arms, I get told I have great skin or great hair. And you know what? That’s all the validation I need. – GM
Yo u ’ r e l o o k i n g b e t t e r t h a n eve r. B ef o r e yo u h ea d o u t , ke e p i n m i n d t h i s wi s d o m f r o m t h e st yl e g uy There’s your vanity, and then there’s what you’re really worried about: the perception of your vanity. It’s the difference between me having perfect eyebrows and my friends
thinking I’m perfecting my eyebrows. And it’s never been tougher for the good-looking folks of the world to ﬁght the stigma that they’re obsessed with the way they look, thanks
to social media and the proliferation of photos online. Projecting that image over and over again – your beautiful face likes to socialise, so what! – has an inescapable correlation with the perception of vanity. So do yourself a favour and control what you can control. When you head out into the world, try to stay off people’s feeds and out
of their faces. Post less. And be in fewer pictures. A trick to pulling this off without looking like you’re turning Hollywood on your friends: take a minute to get good at using a camera phone. If you’re the best picture taker in the group, you’ll ﬁnd yourself behind the camera more often – out of the frame, vanity in check, less about you than everyone else. – MAG
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Discovered at just 16, Jasmine Tookes has quickly catapulted to modelling stardom. The 26-year-old has walked countless runways, lent her looks to a host of prestigious campaigns, and even had the honour of wearing the iconic Fantasy Bra at the 2016 Victoriaâ€™s Secret Fashion Show. We decided to get to know her better
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DON’T LET THAT STRUT MISLEAD YOU – SHE’S AC T UA L LY RATHER RESERVED That’s if she doesn’t know you. Tookes has previously admitted that she’s usually quite shy and quiet, until she starts to feel comfortable in your company – ‘then you can’t shut me up,’ she told Victoria’s Secret. Believe it or not, she’s really just your average girl in many ways. ‘Caring’ and ‘loving’ are two words she uses to describe her personality, but she admits to having an excitable side, too – something that might explain her nickname, Jazzy. >>
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THAT ATHLETIC PHYSIQUE HASN’T JUST SERVED HER WELL IN MODELLING... Before Tookes started dominating catwalks and Instagram feeds, she was a gifted young sportswoman. Not only did she exercise her agility in the world of gymnastics for more than a decade, but she was also the number one fast-pitch softball pitcher in her county for some time. In fact, as she told Victoria’s Secret in a video interview, she was forced to give up on softball in her teen years because it was making her ‘too fit’ for modelling. Who knew that was a thing?
SHE’S BIG O N FA M I LY TIME When asked by Victoria’s Secret about the five things she can’t live without, ‘my family’ was her fi rst answer (the others are ‘my friends, my pup, my love and my cellphone’). Her mom, a fashion stylist, has had a big impact on her
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career, and if you’ve been eyeing her Instagram account (if not, where have you been?), you’ll have caught glimpses of her with her mini-me little sister, Chloe Danielle, who, though 19 years her junior, almost certainly already has a bigger social media following than you.
HER HARD WORK IS R E A L LY PAY ING OFF Tookes’s success has been met with very real rewards – the sort that take the form of sevenfigure paychecks. Her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and a number of luxury cosmetics and fragrance contracts, landed her on the Forbes 2016 list of the World’s Highest-paid Models, making her one pretty powerful woman. >>
SHE’S A VICTIM OF WANDERLUST The sultry beauty might have been born in the sun-soaked holiday hot spot of Huntington Beach, California, but she’s hooked to the travel side of her job. Her favourite destination on earth is the tiny South Pacific island of Bora Bora, but she’s been snapped everywhere from Ecuador to Paris. The only part of jet-setting she doesn’t enjoy? Leaving loved ones behind.
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STYLING NICK NELSON. MAKEUP BRYAN ZARAGOZA AT SEE MANAGEMENT. HAIR DANIELLE PRIANO AT THE WALL GROUP. MODEL JASMINE TOOKES AT IMG
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WE’RE ON A BOAT* *OKAY, SO IT’S REALLY A SHIP. A SUPERCRUISER IN FACT. A FLOATING APARTMENT BLOCK OF 18 STOREYS, AND OUR HOME FOR FIVE DAYS OF FOOD, FUN, AND MORE FOOD. SO MUCH FOOD Words by Jake Millar
e’re somewhere between Singapore and Bangkok when the dancerobics starts. The main theatre, packed across both floors, begins gyrating with the force of what must be a couple of hundred retirees, as they step to the side-and-back and side-and-back. Soon, they’ll converge on the all-you-can-eat buffet or the 11.30am lunch sitting in the main dining room. But for now, that’ll have to wait. Under the direction of Katherine, a South African 20-something who will later attempt to sell us souvenir tiki cups at the bar, they’ve transformed into a technicolour blur of casual polo shirts. We’re on the first day of our voyage aboard Ovation of the Seas, a vast cruise ship en route to Thailand. Over the next five nights we’ll see a live stage performance, starring a panel of six dancing motorised TV screens. We’ll hear a recording of mum-friendly Canadian crooner Michael Bublé performing a cover of Nirvana’s grunge classic ‘Smells like teen spirit’. We’ll learn how to skydive. We’ll drink many different kinds of cocktails in exotic colours. We’ll fail to ever truly grasp which direction is aft, forward, port or starboard. And we’ll spend more time than is probably healthy either eating or thinking about eating, or thinking about all the things we’ve just eaten. We’ll also begin to wonder if, perhaps, there’s such a thing as too much fun. If having no fewer than 86 separate daily events, including an ab boot camp, a mid-morning trivia session, karaoke, a free treatment for under-eye bags, a napkin-folding workshop and a Vegasstyle show called Live Love Legs presents an array of ways to enjoy oneself or a creeping anxiety about never truly being able to do them all. We decided to find out. MS Ovation of the Seas is owned by cruise company Royal Caribbean and is the second-largest passenger ship in its fleet. Construction started in September 2014 and was completed some 19 months later, at a cost of just over $1.3bn. It is, as you’d expect, enormous. The ship has capacity for 4 905 guests and 1 500 crew, weighs >>
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168 666 tons, is 41m wide and 347m long. The sense of its scale is difficult to convey. Despite the fact we keep accidentally calling this a ‘boat’ – something that clearly irks the staff, but which they pretend not to have heard – Royal Caribbean is not even satisfied calling it a ship. To them, Ovation of the Seas is a ‘supercruiser’. It has 18 decks, of which numbers six to 10 are devoted to guest rooms. It has 18 different places to eat, including a Jamie’s Italian, pizza bar and steakhouse. There’s a casino, dodgem car track, video arcade, library, day spa and gym, two indoor and two outdoor pools, a rock-climbing wall, theatre, medical centre, glamour photography studio, retail stores including Cartier, Kate Spade and Michael Kors, a bar staffed by a pair of robots, a kind of wave pool called the FlowRider where you can pretend-surf, and a vertical wind turbine called the iFly, where you can pretend-skydive. Before we boarded at Singapore’s cruise terminal, the first thing we noticed were the ship’s lifeboats. Perfectly framed by the gangway, they’re bright yellow and as big as buses. From the outside, Ovation of the Seas looks more like an apartment building than anything that could possibly float on water. Yet it does, sitting like a glistening trophy of human engineering. Once we passed through the terminal – a gigantic hangar of a building – it became clear the passengers fall roughly into two categories.
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The first group are Singaporeans well into their twilight years, and who take many shots of one another with what appears to be professional-grade photographic equipment. They’re also serious cruisers, with many having between five and 10 trips under their belts. One group is made up of around a dozen women who are clearly not here to fuck around. They board the ship dressed in matching camo outfits, like some kind of elite cruising squad. The other passengers are Australians, who are outnumbered at least 20 to one. The men all look like Harvey Weinstein, if the former Hollywood bigwig dressed exclusively in short-sleeved gingham shirts tucked into what we imagine were sold as ‘dress shorts’. The women, all named Deb, look to have enjoyed their time in the sun and are so short and wide as to appear almost spherical. Arriving onboard gives a strong idea of what it must feel like to be famous. The crew are all warm greetings and big smiles, as they ask you to sign a lot of things and then beg to take a photo with you, as if you’re Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala. Except if you were famous, they probably wouldn’t later offer to sell these photos back to you for a package costing more than $300 (R4 140). A man also squirts our hands with sanitiser. We’re staying in a Stateroom on deck seven, which sounds very exclusive, but in fact all the rooms are called Staterooms.
Inside, it has a sort of Alice in Wonderland quality, where everything seems shrunken yet perfectly proportioned. It’s slightly smaller than a typical hotel room, but still very neat and comfortable. When we arrive in our Stateroom, the TV is on and playing an indie guitar number about washing your hands (‘Wash your hands, it’s the right thing to do/ It’s easier, when you only have two’). Washing your hands, it’s regularly pointed out, is very important. At every stairwell and at the entrance to every bar and restaurant on the ship is a stand that dispenses automated doses of Purell, a hand sanitiser. Given the horror stories of entire ships’ populations falling victim to bouts of debilitating illness, the crew is enthusiastic about keeping up at least the pretence of extreme germophobia. The ‘Wash your hands’ song suggests doing it ‘like, 50 times a day’. Here to tend to our every need is Yunus, a short, bespectacled man from Indonesia, who oversees guest services in our section of the ship. Yunus is extremely friendly and is presumably responsible for surreptitiously entering our room when we’re out and making small but thoughtful adjustments. Tidying things, depositing small bottles of shampoo and conditioner or, on one occasion, skilfully arranging a pair of towels on the bed in the shape of a pig and adorning it with our sunglasses. On our first evening, we head to a place called the North Star bar on the top deck. This is the most impressive space on the ship, overlooking the main pool area, the sea of empty blue deckchairs around it, as well as the actual sea beyond that. Two Australian
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looking cocktails on a tray. ‘It’s called a Caribbean Sun,’ she announces, before explaining that while drinks are included in our Deluxe Beverage Package, the souvenir glasses they are served in are not. These, we later find out, are available to purchase for AUS$5 (R52) each, or three for AUS$13 (R135). This sense of gratitude about being offered things, immediately followed by a suspicion of their true cost, is a sensation that will last the duration of our voyage.
women remain at the North Star bar every night of our cruise. As well as a bar, the top deck is home to the iFly, the FlowRider and an observation pod attached to a giant mechanical arm that lifts it 92m above sea level for a view of, well, the sea. There’s also a running track, which takes us 5min 34sec to walk around, and which at the front of the ship becomes a virtual wind tunnel, channelling and concentrating air flow with ferocious, toupee-threatening velocity. At the North Star bar, a waitress approaches with a collection of exotic-
epending on how many times you’ve seen 1997’s Titanic, it might be easy to imagine that cruising is an exclusive affair, all formal wear and hatboxes. But someone could get onboard this ship for under AUS$800 (R8 400) – a steal for a five-day holiday. This would entitle them to access most areas, the main buffets and some drinks. Anything beyond that is paid for with a SeaPass – a kind of onboard credit card – which is settled before disembarking. We imagine it’s easy to go hard on those souvenir cocktails when you don’t need to face the bill until your holiday is over. And it’s difficult to imagine this fact was
overlooked by Royal Caribbean, which took home $11.4bn in revenue last year. The starkest difference between cruise routes seems to be the passengers’ dietary preferences, which is fitting, since so much about cruising revolves around eating. The colossal mindfuck of ordering the right amount of food for everyone is mostly done by computer, with a bunch of complex algorithms that decide how much of each thing they need for a particular voyage. This depends greatly on which countries they’re travelling between, as some places are larger consumers of particular ingredients. The main buffet area is called the Windjammer Marketplace, and this is here the serious eating happens. But before passengers can pile their plates high at stations serving curry or pasta or carved meats or 40 varieties of freshly baked bread, they are herded through a series of washbasins. This ritual does have a certain jailhouse feel to it, but it’s reassuring to see people forced to comply with basic standards of personal hygiene when faced with the potential to spread illness through the ship with wildfire proportions. We don’t actually eat at the Windjammer because our Deluxe Beverage Package gives us access to the ship’s fancier restaurants. These include Jamie’s Italian, a steakhouse called Chops Grille (where we witness a man eat a T-bone the size of a tennis racquet) and Wonderland, a Heston Blumenthal-inspired affair of small but visually impressive dishes. The menu in Wonderland is a framed blank sheet of paper that must be painted with brushes dipped in water to make the invisible text appear. The food is divided into five categories – sun, ice, fire, sea and earth; the latter of which is described as ‘dishes grounded in whimsy’. Our first course consists of small spoons containing spheres described as ‘liquid Manzanilla olives’. The olives deliver an initial note of sweetness, followed by a sudden explosion of intensely salty liquid. Other dishes include a miniature ice-cream cone stuffed with avocado and crab meat, and something called Buffalo chicken eggs, >>
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which look a lot like regular boiled eggs, but are served in a glass dome filled with smoke. There’s also a main dining room called Grande, which has an old-world elegance. Diners have a choice of a starter, main and dessert, but these arrive with such lightning speed it’s clear they’re not actually made to order. We later tour the kitchen and discover that dishes are prepared fresh, but then kept warm under heating panels, so they can be served quickly. We’re not invited to the Captain’s Table, which is reserved for VVIP cruisers. Still, we meet him anyway, on touring the bridge – the ship’s cockpit. We imagined the captain would be a Tom Hanks type, but he looks more like a skinny Christopher Walken. He’s Danish, called Flemming, and lives in the landlocked US state of Arizona. Flemming is best described as unflappable and softly spoken, except for the times when he makes announcements 94 GQ.CO.ZA DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
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IN CRUISING, AS IN LIFE, THERE IS A NAGGING WORRY THAT YOU’RE MISSING OUT over the ship’s PA, during which he adopts a kind of game-show-host- meets-Wizard of Oz tone – drawing out certain words to comic effect. ‘Gooooood moooorning, ladies and gentlemen,’ he drawls, clearly enjoying himself. Flemming won’t be pushed into describing what his captain’s quarters are like, except that he only has a ‘five-step commute’ to work. The bridge is a real Star Trek affair – a pair of high-back chairs behind a raised bank of screens. Flemming explains the functions of the many screens and dials, which display everything from incoming rainfall to the ship’s location. It’s a little disappointing to find there’s no ship’s wheel. Instead, it’s mostly on autopilot, except when departing or docking at port, when the ship is controlled by a joystick so small it seems like it must be an actual joke. It’s about the size of a matchstick. By far the most interesting thing to come from our conversation with Flemming is that Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is this ship’s godmother. This is apparently a thing that ships have. Other Royal Caribbean celebrity godmothers include Whoopi Goldberg and Gloria Estefan, who we learn is an avid cruiser and occasionally performs impromptu singalongs in the bar. Though given the sort of people we’ve seen at this ship’s bar, it’s difficult to imagine Estefan – who’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide – spending much time among them, without money changing hands.
ven at the top management levels, working on a cruise ship does not seem like an easy gig. The ship’s cruise director, Mike, looks after all entertainment and works from 8.30am until midnight, seven days a week. This colossal shift finishes with him recording The Morning Show With Mike & Raphael, about which the less said the better, except that it involves him detailing the day’s onboard activities while dressed in a tuxedo and bow tie. He is Australian and works 16 weeks on, eight weeks off. A Filipino waiter called Noriel describes spending months at sea and returning to find he’d been away so long, his young children had taken to calling him kuya, the word for an older brother instead of tatay, or dad. But he loves his job. He collects magnets from every port to display all the places he might not otherwise have seen. We’re told there’s a zero-tolerance policy towards fraternisation between crew and guests, which seems redundant. In the nicest possible way, there are no goodlooking passengers. The staff, however, are young, tanned and attractive. The skydiving and surfing staff are particularly smoking hot. And while they’re unlikely to shack up with guests, you can’t help but imagine inter-crew shenanigans being a certainty. We’ve been given a AUS$130 (R1 560) voucher for the Vitality Spa, which offers everything from facials and pedicures to Botox and fillers. Most of the treatments are out of our budget, so we opt for a 50-minute Swedish massage. We also sign up for pub trivia, during which dancerobics instructorturned-quiz master Katherine causes a riot by announcing Marilyn Monroe’s real name was Norma and not Norma Jeane. But the highlight of our time on board would have to be the iFly, which replicates the effect of skydiving. Our instructor is an attractive Brazilian man who is extremely good at iFlying. He can perform tricks and stunts, looping upwards and plummeting down towards the base, like a dolphin in
water. Our group of five can’t do any of these things. As with most sports, the iFly is a lot harder than it looks, and even staying level takes serious concentration. One man enters the tube and immediately begins spinning wildly, his technique approximating that of a stray plastic bag on a windy day. It’s at this point, between the dancerobics and the pretend-skydiving, that cruising presents some uncomfortable existential questions. Namely: are you doing enough? Are you having enough fun? Are you eating enough? Have you been surfing or rollerskating? Have you played trivia today? Are you hungry? Would you like a massage or a set of glamour portraits? Would you like to go for a run or eat a three-course lunch at 11.30am? Do you want more empanadas? Are you sure? Wine? Would you like to buy a souvenir T-shirt or key ring or hat? In cruising, as in life, there is a nagging worry that you’re missing out, not fulfilling your true potential. This sense is magnified when we discover it’s possible to board this ship for a 52-day cruise from Southampton in the UK to Beijing. This epic voyage stops by Barcelona, Rome, Dubai and Vietnam. We can only imagine that once passengers reach their final destination, they have to disembark with the assistance of a forklift. Still, after five days aboard Ovation of the Seas, it becomes clear there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who find cruising to be an affordable way to take the family on holiday. Who enjoy having access to the full buffet of life’s joys, from dancing and conga lines to cocktails and actual buffets. Whose ideas of travel are synonymous not with luxury but convenience. Who think that travel is better not when you’re exposed to foreign cultures, but when you can simply navigate the globe, taking your own familiar comforts with you. And then, of course, there are other people. Those who do not. Royal Caribbean offers a number of cruise options aboard Ovation of the Seas. royalcaribbean.com
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with whatâ€™s current Stay aďŹ‚oat with all the latest resortwear trends for a classier poolside affair this summer
The new rules of aisle style
6 Scents to consider this summer
Words, Creative Direction and Styling by Jason Alexander Basson
Photographs by Glen Montgomery at Supernova
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Sporty, but resorty Thereâ€™s a lot of hybridity going on in athletic wear. We love the wider, boxier cut of these Emporio Armani shorts, and you can wear them on the court, head to the bar for a drink afterward, swim and then quick dry. Emporio Armani shirt R2 695, shorts R2 850. Zara shoes R799
Opposite page from left: Zandre wears Woolworths shorts R250. Vogue eyewear at Luxottica R1 590 Adeole wears Woolworths costume R429. Tom Ford Eyewear at SDM Eyewear R7 500. Pichulik neckpiece R1 320. Call It Spring heels R899 98 GQ.CO.ZA DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
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Trousers are in Pants certainly dominated poolside looks presented for this seasonâ€™s resort-wear collections. A practical nightand-day option is lightweight and cropped, like these Gucci khakis with koi embroidery. Gucci trousers R16 800
Opposite page: Zandre wears Gucci blazer R50 900. Speedo R375
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Graphic squares & stripes You canâ€™t start a sentence about resort wear without touching on nautical print at least once. Weâ€™re a little bored of the traditional styles, but we love the palette. So why not think laterally and mix it up by combining squares with a more modern minimalist take on nautical print and colour. From left: Mason wears Ben Sherman shirt R1 399, sweater R1 999. Imprint shorts R1 400. Sebago at Tread+Miller shoes R1 899 Adeole wears Woolworths bikini top R199. Pringle of Scotland shirt dress R1 950. Fila sliders R349 Zandre wears Topman shirt R649. Zara pants R899. Arthur Jack at Tread+Miller shoes R850. Aldo bag R999. Woolworths towels R199 each
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Crisp white with woven accessories Fresh, clean and creamy, this look screams seaside decadence and is a timeless and practical staple for hot weather. We like to break it up with a very ďŹ ne print detail and subtle grey gradients. The woven shoes and straw hat make for a modern update on the classics. From left: Adeole wears Topshop pants R929. Call It Spring heels R799 Zandre wears Billabong shorts R799 Opposite page from left: Adeole wears Topshop dress R1 099. Pringle of Scotland hat R999. Emporio Armani at Luxottica sunglasses POA. Pichulik bracelet R380, bag limited edition. Call It Spring heels R799 Mason wears Zara blazer R1 799, sweater R1 799. Pringle of Scotland shorts R1 100. Ray-Ban at Luxottica sunglasses R2 190. Pichulik hat R750. Zara shoes R699
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Photographerâ€™s Assistants Jigga and Jana Banana Fashion Assistant Luke Ruiters Fashion Intern Robyn Fischhoff Grooming, Hair and Makeup Toni Greenberg assited by Sam Ryman Models Zandre at Kult Models, Mason at Fusion Models and Adeole at Boss Models Location HoĂŤrskool Jan van Riebeeck
Water colours The combination of blue and white is just so idyllic and fresh. For another take on nautical, why not go down the abstract route using blue paintstroke prints or unconventional graphic details to create a more progressive look. Just keep it simple and let the details do the talking. From left: Mason wears Calvin Klein shirt R1 299. Ben Sherman pants R1 599. Markham hat R199 Zandre wears Ben Sherman shirt R1 349, shorts R1 299. Markham hat R199
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Canali suit. Michael Kors shirt. Thomas Mason pocket square. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture loafers
I vow to honour and cherish the reception
The new rules of aisle style
The post-ceremony party can have dull moments and chaotic surprises, so it’s your mission to be an active attendee. That doesn’t (necessarily) mean shotgunning with the ofﬁciant. But it does mean partaking – on the dance ﬂoor and off.
Be the most stylish wedding guest Starring The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj Words by Jim Moore, Benjy Hansen-Bundy Photographs by Tom Schirmacher
hen you’re a wedding guest, your only job is to make sure the celebration is lit. And there’s nothing better than partying till breakfast time in a well-tailored suit. Just don’t fall into the boring-tux trap. Seize the opportunity to go bolder with your colours or the patterns on your tie. The rules are looser than ever, and the new message is: take a risk.
Markham blazer R1 200, trousers R499, loafers, R699. Longines at Swatch Group Heritage 1818 watch R23 000
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I vow to rethink ‘black tie’ Everyone should look their best at a formal wedding. But too often it’s a sea of sad, illﬁtting tuxes – most of them rented. So get a bold-but-still-classic rig like the ones here. Then make the most of your shirt and bow tie.
Neil Barrett suit. Bally shirt. Reiss bow tie. IWC watch. Tod’s shoes
H&M shirt R429. Zara blazer R1 799, trousers R899. Ulysse Nardin at Bellagio Jewellers Marine Torpilleur watch POA. Ben Sherman shoes R1 899
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Style ADVICE Go big with the bow With an oversize bow tie, you’re committing to the black-tie look as much as the betrothed to each other. If you forgot how to tie it – ﬂoppy ties can be tricky – get a refresher course at GQ.co.za. Tom Ford jacket, shirt, and bow tie. Cufﬂinks vintage
Zara blazer R1 399. H&M shirt R429, bow tie R179. Pringle of Scotland cufﬂinks R849
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What’s in store: Why it’s time for face oil /// Get tank-top ready
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6 Scents to consider this summer You can’t expect to get away with wearing a cold-season scent on the beach or at a sunny brunch, just like you wouldn’t do the same activities in your winter coats and boots. If you still don’t get how fragrance etiquette works (yes, it’s a thing), we recommend one of these colognes to get you cool for the summer Words by Bernd Fischer
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is back from the ’80s (like almost everything we see these days). The newer, fresher version WAVE isn’t only aptly titled for a beach vacay this season, its woody aquatic accord ensures that you’ll not only look as good as you feel, but you’ll smell even better. 100ml R790
Inspired by the strength of the Atlantic Ocean, BULG GARII
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ideal fragrance for a summer escape: top citrus notes are well blended with a heart of lavender and violet leaf, ending with a woody spicy accord, the mix of which call to mind a holiday that includes plenty of exotic locations. 75ml R990
(100ml R1 480) specifically designed ‘sea amber’ note, developed by French master perfumer Jacques Cavallier, will have you standing out from the rest of the crowd this summer.
What we love about YSL’s fragrances – apart from the obvious French factor – is that they always work for every occasion. LA NUIT DE L’HO OMME E EA AU ÉLE ECTRIQUE E
(100ml R1 100) does that yet again: it plays with the freshness of the fougère accord against the more sensual vanilla base.
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is one of the latest offered by the Japanese designer’s Nuit d’Issey collection. Top notes of lime and coriander and a heart of leather, followed by a woody base, will have you showcasing your unique style through your scent, just as Miyake intended. 125ml R1 175
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(125ml R1 640) is a citrusy fragrance with top notes of bergamot, mandarin and pink pepper. Fragrances with lighter notes are better suited for sun and sweatsoaked summer days. Yet in true Armani fashion, the woody base keeps things classic, making it ideal for evening use, too.
You’ve got the right seasonal fragrance, now don’t stuff it up — and we mean this in more ways than one. Don’t be that person that everyone hates in the elevator. Especially in the summer Here are some tips for applying cologne in the warmer months: 1. Yes, because you’ll be sweating a lot more, your scent will fade a little sooner. Does that mean you need to spray twice the amount ﬁrst thing in the morning? Absolutely not. 2. Apply ﬁrst thing after you shower. Your pores are most open then and your cologne will sit longer.
3. Yes, spritz once onto each wrist. No, do not rub them together. Instead, dab your neck with your wrists.
4. Never spray directly on your chest, clothes and neck. Unless you want to drive away everyone around you.
5. Don’t spritz in a cloud and walk through it – it’s probably wasteful and you risk damaging your clothes.
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Move over, moisturiser: it’s time for face oil Words by Adam Hurly
as a sweaty man, nothing gets my pores streaming like the summer heat. I sweat gallons in the sun, especially if it’s humid. Much of that percolation occurs above the shoulders. I’ve got all kinds of techniques for combatting the summer sweats, but I recently realised one grooming habit of mine was exacerbating the problem: moisturiser. Moisturising is, in my opinion, one of two essential daily skincare steps that every human should take (in addition to cleansing; do them both twice daily). Moisturiser hydrates your cells, promotes healthy turnover, and creates a barrier over your skin to protect it from environmental wear (and UV rays, if it’s packing SPF). However, it’s that barrier of dense cream that gives me extra (like, three times as much) sweat in the summer. If I don’t apply moisturiser and step outside in 30-degree heat, I adjust and only sweat from the heat itself. If I do apply moisturiser, I could stand over the front lawn and water it with my brow sweat. So, I stopped using moisturiser in the summer. But because it’s still imperative to hydrate and protect the cells, I have to replace it with something else. Enter face oils. They’re lightweight, and a couple drops will soak evenly and seamlessly into the face, leaving no oily residue. They work as expert hydrators, penetrating all three layers of the skin like a serum, instead of just sitting atop the first layer like a moisturiser. They protect you from the elements (aside from UV rays), since they’re lipophilic (meaning, they trap in moisture and block out the bad stuff that ages you and clogs pores). And, as a solution to the 114 GQ.CO.ZA DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018
sweating, they let the pores breathe more than a moisturiser might. The one downside is that creams have more corrective, nourishing benefits than oil. But, since you’re still using a dense moisturiser or night cream at bedtime, you’ll get those healing benefits while your cells regenerate overnight. (That’s when it’s more imperative, anyway.) People with dry skin are who will benefit most from using face oils, and those individuals might consider replacing their moisturisers permanently, not just in warm months. Oils will hydrate much deeper than any moisturiser, and will of course add oil to the dry skin, which is incapable of producing enough itself. Th is should help minimise acne and scaly skin, too.
Susanne Kaufmann Face Oil Line F 30ml R986
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil 30ml R550
La Mer The Renewal Oil 30ml R2 750
Get tanktop ready Because sleeveless shouldn’t mean careless Words by Stephen J Praetorius
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hen done right, tank tops can be the ultimate summer flex. Just the right amount of casual for, say, a beer garden or the drive to and from the beach, they’re the next best thing to going Bieber– style perma-shirtless, covering barely enough skin to be called clothing while still allowing the wearer to catch those few precious extra rays of sun. But be warned: Before you go ahead and forsake all sleeves for the next two months, certain steps must be followed to guarantee you look your best – and we’re not talking about simply upping your rep count at the gym. Here, the five vital grooming moves you need to complete before sporting a tank top this summer.
TAME YOUR CHEST HAIR
TEND TO THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD
While chest-hair spill-over depends on the exact tank top, most styles have some sort of a scoop neck, meaning you’re going to show off a lot more chest than you’re used to. It’s important that you make sure your fur sweater is under control. Now, depending on your preferences, that could mean anything from giving your chest a trim to shaving the whole damn thing off.
An unkempt neckline can make an otherwise impeccably groomed man look all sorts of messy. That goes double when you’re wearing a tank top. Which is why, even if you’re between haircuts, you should stop by your barber to clean up the southernmost border of your ’do before even thinking about going sleeveless. Trust us on this one.
RID YOUR SHOULDERS OF STRAYS
BEAT BACK THE BUSH IN YOUR PITS
ANNIHILATE THE NECKBEARD
In a perfect world, hair would be restricted to certain spots on our bodies. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world, and for whatever reason single hairs have a tendency to pop up in places they’re not wanted. Like your shoulders. Which is a problem, since they’re about to see the light of day for the first time in a while. So before you don your favourite tank, take a tweezer and rid your upper arm of each and every goddamn strand.
Chances are you don’t pay much attention to your pit hair. Which is A-okay, since you usually hide that stuff under fabric. However, now that you’re planning on wearing a tank, it’s time to rethink your policy, because the last thing you want is for those locks to take the spotlight. So grab some sort of grooming device – we prefer a sharp pair of scissors – and trim the weeds just enough so that they don’t poke out when your arms are at your sides.
Honestly, this is just good life advice, regardless of what you’ve got draped across your torso.
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IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS Tom Rath’s bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Gallup Press, R409) features assessments to determine your strengths. Watch your productivity climb as you capitalise on your assets.
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TRY SOME AROMATHERAPY A study conducted by Rutgers University found those in a ﬂoral-scented room displayed greater wellbeing than those in a room ﬁlled with classic fragrances, such as Chanel No 5 or unscented air. So put in a call to a ﬂorist, now.
WRITE AWAY YOUR WOES Writing down negative emotions and anxieties can be incredibly cathartic. Either make a list of what’s troubling you or keep a wellbeing diary as an emotional outlet.
Paul Zak, a pioneer of neuroeconomics, has found that eight hugs per day can make you happier. In a 2011 TED talk, he explained that hugging a romantic partner can spike oxytocin levels and decrease blood pressure, heart rate and stress.
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Tackling poor mental health is a serious, life-changing task. Sometimes the smallest changes can reap rewards, so try absorbing a few of these wellbeing tips into your daily routine
TAKE A RISK EVERY DAY Structure and routine are important, but can get you stuck in a repetitive rut. Risks such as talking to someone new, asserting yourself in a meeting or trusting a new conﬁdant can help stimulate personal growth. Assign yourself one manageable ‘risk’ a week and reward yourself upon its completion.
KEEP A RESCUE BOX Make a box of reassuring personal items that relate to positive memories – such as photographs, music or an inspiring letter from yourself – and turn to it during moments of distress, or make a loved one remember to give it to you. DRINK BANANA TEA Banana peel contains ingredients, such as amino acids and vitamin B6 that increase serotonin and relieve stress. Swap morning coffee (a depressant) for banana tea to start the day off positively.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH MINDFULLY As advised in Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Danny Penman and Mark Williams (Jonathan Ball, R275), spending time to focus on a mundane activity allows you to appreciate the moment and clear your head. Try spending two minutes brushing your teeth, concentrating on the movement of your hand and the sensation in your mouth.
QUIT COMPLAINING Not only does it make you unpleasant to be around, but entertaining negative thoughts takes a big toll on your happiness and affects how you approach problems. Next time you’re about to complain about trivialities, think, is it worth it? Then swap it for a positive or amusing comment.
ADD A 30-SECOND SPRINT TO YOUR WORKOUT This doubles your endorphins and increases levels of noradrenaline, boosting your mood for up to 90 minutes after exercise, say sports psychologists at the University of Essex.
BOOST YOUR INSTRUMENTAL HEALTH Unlike most meditation apps, MindMetro focuses solely on the instrumental. Download from Google Play or the App Store to receive one hour of complimentary music for a good night’s sleep. mindmetro.com
KEEP MEDICATION IN SIGHT When you’re feeling desolate, medication can be forgotten, or it can be tempting to discard it as pointless, persuading yourself you are beyond help. Keep medication in an obvious place, such as with your morning toiletries, to remind you of its beneﬁts and the danger of sudden discontinuation.
DO WHAT MAKES YOU ANXIOUS Set yourself a challenging environment, keeping track of your thoughts, and you’ll ﬁnd it easier to rationalise your anxiety.
BORROW A DOG In a new study, dog-owners were found to be more satisﬁed with life than non-pet owners, and that oxytocin (the cuddle hormone) was released by both human and dog when they interacted. If you can’t look after an animal full-time, offer to walk a friend’s dogs when you need some puppy love – its a win-win situation.
EAT AN OILY FISH A DAY Not only do omega-3 fatty acids help prevent cognitive decline, they boost serotonin levels via their content of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Low levels of DHA are linked to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, memory loss and Alzheimer’s, so include oily ﬁsh and Krill oil supplements in your diet three times a week.
KEEP A CRISIS CALENDAR Charting lows and highs can help you spot behavioural patterns. A meltdown might be linked to a certain social activity, work duty or a speciﬁc day of the week. Awareness of these particular patterns will help you prepare accordingly, so pin a calendar somewhere obvious, jot down your schedule, then mark your highs and lows with two separate colours.
ZEN YOUR HOME A tidy home creates a tidy mind, so try adding ‘mindful’ murals to decorate your walls. Choose a visually soothing design like a seascape to sit above your bed or desk. robinsprong.com
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