GQ names the '20 Most Stylish Men Alive'

Are GQ's Style Icons Really Just Icons With a Bit of Style?

Did your favorite style icon make GQ's list of the 20 Most Stylish Men Alive?

The winners include Ryan Gosling and Kanye West, both of whom are on the covers of the issue dedicated to this list.

Other list members range from music star Pharrell Williams to soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo and even young actor Jaden Smith.

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GQ names the '20 Most Stylish Men Alive'
US singer Kanye West arrives at St Paul's Cathedral in central London, on February 20, 2015, to attend a memorial service for Louise Wilson, the former director of the fashion course at London's Central Saint Martins (CSM) college. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the 'Lost River' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US singer Pharrell Williams poses for a picture during a photocall at the 14th edition of the Mawazine International music festival in the Moroccan capital Rabat, on may 30, 2015. The festival runs until June 6. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Jared Leto attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actor Bradley Cooper attends a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and The Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks in overtime the media after Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: A$AP Rocky attends the Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party made possible by Dior on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Dior)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Recording artist Jay Z attends day 2 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Singer Harry Styles of One Direction, winners of the Top Duo/Group and Top Touring Artist awards, poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is seen at the McLaren Honda garage in the pitlane before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: NBA player Russell Westbrook attends Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 05: Musician John Mayer performs at the 'Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine' To Benefit The Scleroderma Research Foundation benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Actor-singer Jaden Smith attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 03: David Beckham attends the opening event of the Breitling Boutique on June 3, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 23: Mark Ronson attend the Mumm Formula 1 Experience, Grand Prix de Monaco, on May 23, 2015 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Mumm)
Liverpool's Italian forward Mario Balotelli arrives to attend the Liverpool Football Club 2015 Players' Awards at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on May 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Eddie Redmayne attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Now you might be asking how these 20 men were picked. Apparently, it was pretty scientific.

"They even had a several hour debate over Jared Leto's hair –– the length, whether up in the man bun or down with the ombre effect," Lara Spencer of ABC said.

Jokes aside, this list could be pretty telling of the state of men's fashion.

The Telegraph made the point at the end of last year that while women often eagerly await the next runway looks, if men have any interest at all in clothes, its often toward people famous for their exploits outside of the fashion industry –– namely athletes and movie stars.

Their article actually called out three of GQ's current winners for having a lackluster fashion sense at best -- but how progressive can a men's fashion icon really be?

Even if many men don't care about fashion, would they read a magazine praising clothes too far out of their comfort zone? Not surprisingly, the images on GQ's page features the winners in mostly in suits, denim jackets and T-shirts.

Contrast this to a women's ranking –– like Glamour's from 2014. Many of the celebs listed are women famous specifically for their fashion sense, such as models Jourdann Dunn and Rosie Huntington Whiteley. And featured outfits are more cutting edge, even borrowing from men's fashion.

Perhaps even possible critics of this list can commend GQ's efforts to get more men interested in fashion. Apparently it's working. The magazine's reported total audience sits at almost seven million people.

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