Taylor Swift is cute — she loves cats, enjoys knitting, and quite nights at home cooking for her friends and boyfriend — but for GQ’s November issue, the magazine tried to get the singer to break out of that shell (one made of rainbows and love) by dressing her in bathing suits and asking her to writhe around in the sand. While the 1989 star strips down, she’s still the same through and through and as the feature story notes, there is a perpetual sense that nothing about her career is accidental and that nothing about her life is unmediated. Taylor Swift in high-waisted shorts and a sheer shirt. Photography by Michael Thompson “I would see these bands that were doing so well, and I’d wonder what went wrong. So self-awareness has been such a huge part of what I try to achieve on a daily basis.
Decades ago — and for some, over a century ago — magazines like Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Vogue, and GQ were already on newsstands, but you wouldn’t recognize them. Blogger Karen X. Cheng and graphic designer Jerry Gabra recently compiled magazine covers across each decade — as far back as the 1900s — giving us a succinct summary of how some of our favorite periodicals have evolved over time. Cosmopolitan was actually founded as a family magazine in 1866, re-emerged as a literary journal in the 1900s, and became a women’s magazine in the 1960s.
Amy Schumer Gets Kinky C-3PO & R2-D2 Amy Schumer wearing a Princess Leia-inspired costume in bed with C-3PO & R2-D2. Photography by Marc Seliger forGQ The summer belongs to Amy Schumer. In response to her starring role in what’s sure to be an instant classic,Trainwreck, the comedienne’s commanded attention the world over from afeature in the New York Times to hobnobbing with Jon Hamm on Entertainment Tonight all while effusing her feminist brand of comedy unabashedly. But while everything she does is weird and wild, she’s topped even herself on theAugust cover of GQ .
Kendall Jenner is taking over. On the runway, in ad campaigns, and this month on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar (shot by Karl Lagerfeld no less), and now in a white bikini for GQ. So omnipresent that one is, the men’s magazine has nicknamed the 19-year-old “Keezus” á la Kanye West’s alter-ego Yeezus and that other historical guy I think his name was Jesus. In a spread shot by photographer Steven Klein, Jenner poses in lingerie, swimwear, and coyly teases readers with near nip slips, but alas her breasts are kept under wraps (this is GQ not Playboy after all).
You know that popular expression “beauty is pain”? Well, it’s obvious—and sometimes taken literally—in fashion; from models teetering in sky-high heels to nip-tuck “enhancements,” like the“human Ken doll” Justin Jedlica , who craves surgery so much, that he is determined to be 100% plastic. But beauty can be painfully expensive, too (or some think). In the February issue of GQ magazine , Pharrell Williams poses as the cover boy, and in a full-length feature adorned in head-to-toe designer clothes (what’s new?)