GQ magazine is thought of as one of the world’s leading men’s magazines, with a focus on everything from men’s cultural issues to all things considered to be in style. Yet, the magazine first started off with the sole focus of men’s fashion under the title of Apparel Arts in 1931. Once it was discovered that there was a definite market for a men’s fashion magazine for the general public, the magazine was redefined to become Gentlemen’s Quarterly in 1967.
Nowadays, GQ is the men’s equivalent of Vogue when it comes to ultimate fashion. Although the magazine is known for highlighting luxury brands, the popularity of the magazine has helped to broaden the content to include a plethora of other topics. From celebrity pieces to the latest in film and music, GQ is far from being only a men’s magazine anymore.
While many of the covers have highlighted Hollywood’s hottest leading men, the magazine has also been known for pushing out ultra provocative covers featuring the sexiest women on screen and on the radio. Men’s magazines are typically known for catering towards their male audience by showcasing scantily clad women on their covers, but not all of them can pull in the hottest celebrities the way GQ can. By working with famed photographers and having the iconic GQ status, the magazine has been able to convince famous and sexy women to pose for a number of memorable covers that have graced the magazine over the years. Check out our list of the 15 hottest GQ covers, and see which cover model made the best provocative shoot for this iconic magazine.
15 Sofia Vergara
This Colombian beauty started her career at a young age, but that hasn’t stopped her from being named the Most Desirable Woman of 2012 at 39-years-old. While other celebrity starlets get pushed out of Hollywood once they reach a certain age, Vergara seems to get better with age. While she’s been on a number of GQ covers throughout her professional career, it was the cover shoot for GQ Mexico that is definitely our favorite. At 40-years-old, Vergara appeared on the September 2012 issue wearing leopard-print lingerie and amazingly big hair. While her beauty has always been compared to iconic figures like Sophia Loren and Raquel Welch, it was this cover that really helped highlight that comparison. Although Raquel Welch was in more of a cave woman’s costume in her iconic pinup poster, there was a definite comparison to Vergara’s cover. Proving she could definitely reach that iconic status, Vergara’s cover could one day become just as famous as any of the others from the heyday of Hollywood.
14 Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams hasn’t always been known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, since she isn’t always known for showcasing her sexual side on or off the screen. Many of her acting roles have been outside of the mainstream Hollywood blockbuster list, so she has never really been portrayed as the “hot girl” onscreen. Yet, her January 2012 cover of GQ magazine showed the public what she’s been hiding all these years. Wearing an ultra feminine lingerie set, people were surprised at how seductive Williams could look. Since many of her roles have been a bit obscure, she hasn’t always had an ultra glamorous look when it comes to hair and makeup. While other starlets have been quick to elongate their hair and puff it up as big as possible, Williams has often embraced the toned down pixie look. On this GQ cover, she glammed it up with pinup curls and a platinum blonde look that really showcased her porcelain skin and super fit body.
13 Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio is a Brazilian model and actress that has graced the covers of countless magazines, but is mostly known for her role as a Victoria’s Secret model. While she’s endorsed a number of high end brands throughout her career through various modeling projects, it’s the Victoria’s Secret brand that still seems to be her call to fame. Chosen for a number of beautiful people magazine lists, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s donned the cover of GQ magazine on more than one occasion. Yet it was her Victoria’s Secret edition that showcased her true sex appeal. With a backstage sneak peek for the Victoria’s Secret catwalk show, this was the issue that men could drool over. The cover featured Ambrosio in black and red lingerie with ribbon and bow accents throughout. Proving she is the perfect package ready to be unwrapped, Ambrosio proved her worth as one of the sexiest lingerie models in the world.
12 Katy Perry
In a world filled with a blonde obsession, Katy Perry’s dark haired look has always helped her stand out in the celebrity world. While she has definitely dabbled in a few different hair colors throughout her music career, it’s the black haired look that has helped to define her signature style. Often compared to iconic pinups of yesteryear, her 2014 cover for GQ magazine had an evolved look from the classic pinup style. The photo shows Perry in an ultra sexy black and white swimsuit with a plunging style that helped to showcase her famous cleavage. While it’s not typical for a woman to be out in her swimsuit in full-on glamorous makeup, Perry isn’t just any typical celeb. With rosy cheeks and apple red lips, she is featured in a glammed up look that is only further accentuated by her visible arm tattoo. Showcasing an edgy look, Perry is super appealing for those looking for more than just the standard girl-next-door.
11 Kendall Jenner
Although Kendall Jenner was first introduced to the public as just the youngest sibling of the famous Kardashian sisters on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she has since grown up in front of the public eye. Creating a name for herself as one of the leading models in the industry and endorsing some of the hottest luxury brands in fashion, she has become more than just that little girl that could be seen playing in the background on her sister’s reality show. Jenner posed for the cover of GQ magazine in a skimpy white bikini while opening her denim jacket, but it was a bit tame for the magazine’s usual scantily clad covers. At just 19-years-old at the time, the cover was extremely sexy for the budding model. The issue dubbed her as the “newest superstar from the Kardashian clan,” and from the look of the cover, it seemed just about right. The cutouts on the swimsuit top seemed to defy all laws of physics, and hugged her curves in all the right places for a super sexy cover that readers could appreciate.
10 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was first introduced to audiences through her portrayal as Jackie Burkhart in the television series, That 70’s Show, at a super young age. Although her character had an uppity attitude that may not have been that appealing, in reality she was far from her TV character, and even had her very first kiss on the show. She has since grown up in front of the public eye, and now her film portrayals mirror more of her actual life. While she’s now a devoted mother and the apparent soul mate of Ashton Kutcher, that doesn’t mean she’s done with the provocative photo shoots she’s done in the past. Her sexiest GQ magazine cover was in 2011, when she showcased her ultra-toned abs and beautiful smile. While most covers try to showcase their model as ultra-glamorous, Kunis is seen sipping on a cold coffee drink just like all the girls at the local Starbucks. Proving that sometimes natural and casual can be ultra sexy, we hope to see many more covers with this beauty in the future.
9 Melania Trump
Melania Trump may be described as the next Jackie Kennedy by some, but others that remember her ultra provocative cover for GQ magazine find it difficult to give her such an iconic title. While it’s not surprising for a former model to pose provocatively in a photo shoot, it is a bit alarming when you consider that she might actually be the next first lady of the United States. In January 2000, Melania was showcased in all her decadence on the cover of GQ. Spread out on a beautiful fur, she donned three ultra glamorous diamond jewelry pieces – without wearing anything else. GQ magazine is no stranger to showcasing their model in the buff, but they usually have a more strategic placement of hands and clothes to cover up all the nude bits. This was not the case for Melania, since her bare bottom can be seen in plain view in the photo. Putting all the other housewives and mothers to shame, Melania Trump bared it all for this now-infamous cover.
8 Emma Watson
When Emma Watson was first introduced to audiences as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, no one could have guessed how she would grow up to be an ultra-sexy style icon. Often seen on the red carpet with a glamorous and sophisticated look, she has solidified her role as a true film star far beyond her child actress portrayals. During her transition from being a child actress, she starred in The Bling Ring as a character that embraced the bad girl persona. While promoting the film, she was featured on the cover of GQ in full costume – including a super sexy tattoo leading down from her abs. Her ensemble is similar to that Julia Roberts one piece from her street-walking Pretty Woman character, but she pulls it off with ease. Proving that she’s all grown up, Watson is no longer that innocent student at Hogwarts but a young and sexy lady that should be reckoned with.
7 Olivia Wilde
There seems to always be a new “It” girl that comes on the scene, and makes their mark on Hollywood with a colossal bang. At one time, Olivia Wilde was that big bang and could be seen on various magazine covers and spreads. Although she is far from being forgotten in Hollywood, her most recent film portrayals haven’t shown her in the most flattering light. Depicted as the beautiful but crazy blind date in Her, it was almost unbelievable that a woman as beautiful as Wilde could be that insecure. To reiterate this point, Wilde’s swimsuit cover for GQ in 2009 shows her as ultra-confident and sexy on the beach. The skimpy cotton candy pink bikini has a few accents that make it look even more feminine, but it’s the beachy hair and tanned skin that help to create the perfect seductive look with the appropriate headline, “Why We’re Wild About Olivia Wilde.”
6 Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima is a supermodel that is best known for her role as a Victoria’s Secret model, but she can’t be pigeonholed by her portrayals simply in their catalog. As a runway favorite at the Victoria’s Secret catwalk show and endorsement deals with various luxury brands, she can be seen on the covers of everything from Harper’s Bazaar to Vogue. She’s been on the cover of GQ magazine on a number of occasions, but it was her photo shoot for the cover of GQ Mexico that had the sexiest look for readers. Appearing topless on the beach, it’s difficult to definitively say what exactly she’s wearing as a bottom. The front looks Native American inspired, but the back is completely open to expose the silhouette of her bottom. She is covered by just her brown beach sexy locks, but it’s her seductive look that really puts the photo over the top. From the sparkling blue eyes to the haunted look, this is a beach shot that made readers want to flock to Mexico.
5 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is a celebrity that seems to have shown up on the pages of every magazine in the world, since she was first introduced to audiences through the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. While her goal of appearing in Vogue was highly publicized, not many realized that GQ magazine was another magazine that hadn’t yet had her on the cover. Yet, in 2015 she made her debut appearance on the cover for their tenth anniversary Love, Sex, and Madness cover. At 35-years-old, she appeared completely nude on the cover with nothing but a black leather jacket to cover her. Rather than actually wear the jacket, she is seen just holding it in front of her while showcasing her famously sexy silhouette. Kardashian quickly turned to Instagram to promote her cover stating, “This was seriously a dream come true!!!!” Since the super sexy reality star could be seen in her birthday suit glory, it was inevitably a dream come true for countless others as well.
4 Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen is a model and television personality that has been known for her playful style and ultra feminine appeal. She’s never been shy about opening up about all her little eccentricities, including admitting to not wearing underwear or bras. Her marriage to John Legend only helped to fuel the buzz around her beauty, since his adoring love for her only makes her even more appealing. Her cover for GQ Mexico’s July issue in 2014 was a great look for her, but there was definite controversy over her appearance. Posing completely topless in a pair of blue panties, at first glance it seemed like a pretty tame photo compared to some of their other cover shoots. Yet, on closer inspection, it appears that one of Teigen’s nipples was airbrushed out of the photo. Photoshop fails have appeared more frequently in the news in recent years, so it shouldn’t have caused too much of a stir. Although some people thought of the cover as a major deception, others simply dismissed it as a way to publish an ultra sexy photo of Teigen without any indecency issues.
3 Kate Upton
Kate Upton has always created waves for her magazine covers, from her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition to her ultra seductive Vogue covers. Yet, it was her July 2012 cover for GQ magazine that really had people turning heads. Showing a bit of patriotic spirit, she is seen in a star-spangled string bikini top and licking on a red, white, and blue popsicle. Perfect as a Fourth of July issue, Upton brings out the appeal of the all American girl. With beachy blonde waves and those piercing blue eyes, it’s hard to deny her sex appeal in a cover that highlights all her best assets. Known for her natural beauty, this cover was a great way to show off that special feature specific to Kate Upton. While other cover models seem to be more plastic than human, Upton proves that being ultra feminine is the best way to exude sex appeal.
Rihanna has graced the cover of GQ magazine on a number of occasions, with each having its own special look. Each time she is seen in a state of undress, but she has the unique ability to change her look from one cover to the next. Her December 2012 cover featured the short dark-haired look from her earlier years, and a cropped black leather jacket is the only coverage she has. Highlighting her many tattoos, it’s the one underneath her bust that really pops out on the cover. Some of her other GQ covers include her posing topless with a snake around her neck, and a fishnet stalking shot with bold red locks. The one constant for a Rihanna cover is that readers will never be disappointed. It’s hard to say which of her GQ covers was the ultimate in sexy, but she sure did give enough options to choose from.
1 Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston started off her career as everyone’s ditzy best friend from the hit television series Friends, but her public persona had a number of twists and turns throughout her career. While her marriage to Brad Pitt helped her image on the red carpet, things changed a bit after their divorce. Hoping to turn her “betrayed ex-wife” image around, she debuted an ultra sexy cover for the January 2009 GQ edition. The cover was released shortly after she went public with her relationship with the younger, John Mayer, and helped to let everyone know she wasn’t just sitting at home having a pity party any more. Wearing nothing but a red, white, and blue tie, Aniston proved she could still look good at the age of 40. Known for her flowing locks, the cover highlighted a light and sexy hairstyle that very much evolved her previous “Rachel from Friends” look. Yet, it wasn’t just her hair that gave the cover the most sex appeal. Toned legs and arms with just her hands covering her breasts, Aniston showed it’s not just men that look good in ties.