For over 50 years GQ has been at the forefront of men’s fashion and style. As such, the covers is this quintessential gentlemen’s magazine have mostly featured paragons of manliness, men whose sense of style is exemplary and thus are worthy of being held up as standards for other men.
However, about 20 years ago somebody over at Condé Nast had a pretty brilliant idea: copy Esquire and put incredible women on the cover every once in a while. The purpose? Ostensibly it’s to pay homage to particularly incredible females—women who are as successful and intriguing as they are attractive. But, obviously, the real purpose is selling copies, because, frankly, you could put Kate Upton on the cover of a real estate magazine and it would sell 3 million copies.
But whatever the reason, one thing is certain: we’re all glad GQ puts a gorgeous woman on the cover of their magazine every once in a while, because we get tired of hearing how we should all be more like Ryan Gossling. So today we take a look at the 60 GQ over the last 40 years that have featured women. Are all the covers “hot” as advertised in the title of this article? Well, honestly, no. Or at least, they’re not hot today. (The 60s were a strange time.) However, I promise that, in the end, you will not regret clicking all the way to the end.
So let’s get started then, shall we?