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14 Times GQ Covers Summed Up The '80s

Exclamation points because everyone's doing the cocaine!

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The '80s! They were exciting! Especially for GQ magazine! Which epitomized flashy coke-fueled buzz words and the age of ’80s copywriting.

Style!

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The 1980s were all about style, but damned if you were allowed to be excited about it. Style is a very serious thing. If Jimmy Carter wasn't going to address the issue of style, then it was up to GQ.

Go West!

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Manifest Destiny wasn't just for the 1880s, it was for the 1980s too. If you weren't ready to look like a sexy Marlboro man (chomping on hay though, because cigarettes are gross but pass the cocaine thanks), then you weren't really serious about being a man.

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Splash!

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True Story: Brian Grazer and Ron Howard saw this cover and immediately pitched a mermaid love story starring these two models. The models were killed at sea in a photo shoot turned murder-suicide, so they reluctantly had to go with casting Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah in Splash.

Options!

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Life wasn't always easy in the '80s. Mt. St. Helen's erupted, Reaganomics terrorized America, and the Cold War chilled us to the bone. But never forget that as Americans, we had options!

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Fashion Now!

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The leading civil rights movement of the '80s was fashion. You could hear the battle cry of "What do we want? Fashion! When do we want it? Now!" in every movie theater across America following screenings of Working Girl.

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