GQ’s Man Of The Year list has sparked outrage over the number of female honourees featured, with some deeming the choices ‘disgraceful’.
On Wednesday evening, the publication hosted its annual UK ceremony in London, where a slew of guests attended to unveil the strong list of winners from 2023, while Thursday evening will play host to the US version of the event.
The magazine does not specify the gender of those on the list, instead detailing: ‘GQ Men of the Year celebrates stars from entertainment, fashion and sport who have made 2023 a year to remember’.
The UK list of 20 stars – 11 of which are female, including Simone Rocha, girl group Flo, Emily Maitlis, Bianca Saunders, Yomi Adegoke, Lucy Prebble, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jasmine Jobson, Molly Manning Walker, Mary Earps and Jenni Hermoso.
Among a number of covers to mark the annual recognition was a Kim Kardashian fronted issue of the US edition, which only led to further confusion with many pointing out the cover should have featured a male star.
Confusing: GQ’s Man Of The Year list has sparked outrage over the number of female honourees featured, with some deeming the choices ‘disgraceful’
Fury: The choice of nominees sparked outrage among a number of Twitter users
Glam: British journalist and author Yomi Adegoke was among those listed
Woo! Lioness Mary Earps was also given a nod among the 11 women and nine men
GQ Men Of The Year: The female honourees
Girl group Flo
Molly Manning Walker
Kim’s GQ spread featured her dressed as a man in a number of stunning shots, however scandal erupted on Twitter.
One disgruntled follower penned: ‘Disgraceful women should not get a mens title. Men are achievers and deserve there own price. Gq is a loser magazine’.
Further explosive responses from critics read: ‘Popular culture is relentlessly mocking men and undermining patriarchy. GQ naming Kim Kardashian as ‘man of the year’ is just the latest example…
‘Men are portrayed as weak and laughable while women are glorified. This cultural shift is brainwashing and… Men are dominating women’s sports and winning female beauty pageants and Kim Kardashian was named a GQ Man of the Year….
‘Strange and unusual times we’re living in… How TF did Kim Kardashian get GQ man of the year?! I’ll never understand why some women be men soooo badly. Being a women has its privileges too. [Shake my head]…
‘Kim K on the cover of GQ for man of the year. Could you imagine the uproar if the tables were turned and a man was on the cover for women of the year. Y’all had a fit with Caitlyn Jenner…
Defending the decision however, Twitter users wrote: ‘I do understand the frustration – but the GQ ‘man of the year’ is actually a list of quite a few people, and it usually includes both men and women. sydney sweeney was one of them last year…
‘It’s sort of just a ‘person of the year’… Do u ppl even read gq…? Women cover for this issue all the time. Stop trying to be marginalized…
Defending: Some fans of the magazine were keen to defend the list
Revealing: Alex Scott, 39, was in attendance at the bash
Stunning: Sheila Atim put on a busty display in a plunging black figure-hugging midi dress, teamed with matching heels
Fashionista: Tom Daley, 29, once again showcased his unique sense of style at the event
‘Kim is not ‘Man of the Year’ she is the cover model for the issue and ‘Tycoon of the Year.’ GQ’s ‘Man of the Year’ edition has had multiple women on the cover starting with Jennifer Aniston back in 2005…
‘Kim’s interview mostly talks about her father & his influence on her. This claim is just to work up the ‘anti-woke’ groups…
‘No one’s reading GQ or US weekly so they need this type of outrage for clicks and views. Men win woman of the year and women win men of the year. It means nothing they are just grasping for relevance.;
In 2018 Rose McGowan became first ever female recipient of a GQ Man Of The Year award, receiving the Inspiration honour for her work on the #MeToo movement.
Kim was one of three cover stars of the US edition ahead of Thursday night’s awards, which will honour a selection of people who have shaped culture, fashion, entertainment and sport in 2023.
She was branded Tycoon Of The Year after launching Skims menswear, and posed in an androgynous suit and tie for the cover spread, taking to Instagram to share: ‘Hi! I’m the GQ Man of the Year!’
She is not the first female to cover the annual edition, following on from Rihanna, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson.
Yet taking to comments, fans were baffled by the news, posting: ‘i just feel like this is taking away from the successful men yk’; ‘And this ladies and gentlemen…..
‘Is why America is now laughed at around the world. Absolutely friggin embarrassing’; ‘But like…you’re not a man. Hahaha I am confused all the time’.
Confusing: Kim was one of three cover stars of the US edition ahead of Thursday night’s awards, which will honour a selection of people who have shaped culture in 2023
GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2023: THE UK HONOUREES
Lev Tanju and Gareth Skewis
Molly Manning Walker
Others added: ‘I think this is super insensitive. Here we are as a society fighting for women’s rights still, not allowing transgenders in women’s sports, nor wanting transgender men to advertise women’s clothing and bras. But we go and put a woman, Kim K, on for MAN of the year? And somehow that’s okay? nah I don’t like the double standard;
‘Help me understand why she is on the cover of a Men of the Year edition?’; ‘Soooooo being a successful business person is a ‘male’ trait? Weird’; ‘All of the dope men of color doing cool things in the world and y’all do this?’; ‘Weird’; Adding to the disrespect of men is crazy.’; ‘Like why’; ”Men of the year issue…”
As well as Kim, Jacob Elordi and rapper Travis Scott landed US covers this year.
In her GQ cover interview, Kim revealed how her parents’ divorce helped her navigate her own split from ex-husband Kanye West.
The reality star, who ended her marriage to the rapper, 46, in 2021, with whom she shares four children, admitted it was ok to be ‘vulnerable’ without needing to say anything negative about her former partner.
Gracing the cover of GQ’s 28th annual Men of the Year issue she recalled how her parents made her and her siblings feel ‘loved and heard’ during the painful split, something she endeavoured to do with her own children.
Kim’s parents Kris and Robert Kardashian were married for 13-years, sharing kids Kim, Kourtney, 44, Khloe, 39, and Robert Jr, 36, before parting ways in 1991.
She told the publication: ‘I did think about how my parents handled it with us’.
‘I just remember them being open…Ultimately, what matters is that kids feel loved and heard. You want to be sensitive because they’re just kids, and it’s hard to go through no matter what age’.
She added: ‘You have to make sure that you only go to a level that they can understand. It’s okay to show a vulnerable side. You never go to a negative side.’
Lessons: In her GQ cover interview, Kim revealed how her parents’ divorce helped her navigate her own split from ex-husband Kanye West (pictured with Kanye in 2016)
Last year Kim explained that she has tried to shield her kids from ‘all of the crazy s***’ that comes with Kanye’s public outbursts, but insisted if they after question her about it in the future she will be ‘prepared’ to answer.
The mother of four teared up as she discussed their public divorce on the Angie Martinez IRL Podcast and compared the lives of her children to her own being raised by father Robert.
Kim was crying as she said: ‘I had the best dad. I don’t want to get emotional. It has just been a day for me. It’s hard. S*** like co-parenting it’s really f***ing hard you know.’
‘So like if they don’t know things that are being said or what’s happening in the world like why would I ever bring that energy to them. You know, that’s like real heavy, heavy grown up s***. That they are not ready to, like, deal with.
‘And when they are we will have those conversations and I’ll be so prepared but until then I will do anything to keep their life as normal as possible.’
Kanye and Kim began dating in 2012. The pair tied the knot in 2014 and share four children together: daughters North, 10, and Chicago, five, and sons Psalm, four and Saint, seven.
Kim filed for divorce from the rapper in 2021, citing irreconcilable differences and initially agreeing to joint custody prior to a breakdown in 2022 that saw the former couple clash over their children.
Mum: Kim filed for divorce in 2021, citing irreconcilable differences but the former couple clashed over their children: daughters North, 10, and Chicago, five, and sons Psalm, four and Saint, seven