French Montana Graces The GQ Middle East Edition for Fall Issue
Updated: Nov 14, 2018
Gracing the cover of GQ Middle East for the November issue is none other than the “Unforgettable” rapper and singer, French Montana. For the issue, Montana appears across four covers and talks about feeling broken and traveling the world to heal his soul, the importance of immigration, philanthropy, and what it’s like growing up as a moroccan Muslim. This issue is exceptionally great for two reasons. First, because its aimed to promote peace in the Middle east, as well as highlighting Montana’s work supporting the Dreamers as the face of We Are the Dream Campaign. Also because, In October the New York based male dominated monthly magazine that celebrates all things ‘male’ in terms of fashion, music, and culture had began their expansion. Launching their middle East edition in perfect harmony with their online bilingual publication.
The three-country cover shoot images were shot across Dubai, Beirut, and French’s hometown, Casablanca by renown photographer Sebastian Kim. The fly attire and creative direction is all thanks to stylist Jim Moore. Throughout the photo shoot, Frenchie stunts in high end named brands including Gucci, Prada, Off-White, Fendi, Rick Owens, Valentino and Kenzo.
The purpose of the magazine’s shoot is to celebrate the Middle Eastern heritage, multiculturalism, as well as to shine light on the power, perseverance and strength of immigrants. Also featured inside the magazine is French montana rocking a t-shirt labelled ‘Immigrant.’ French Montana goes on to say what immigration means to him.
“Immigration means everything to me, it means hope, it means faith, it means a voice for the people that come from different places and build a country – that someone can come from nothing and be something. I didn’t know English until I was 14, 15. In Morocco, I was just singing: I didn’t even know what the words were. Whether it was Tupac, Wu-Tang, Bob Marley. It shows how powerful music is – it’s the only language that people speak worldwide.”
Inside the Fall issue the thirty three year old rapper, producer, and first ever Global Citizen's rap ambassador, French Montana continues discussing his journey to a new country and new successes that he is forever grateful for. French was once an emerging artist out of New York who had long been coined the protege of Rick Ross and has now become an international sensation. The collaborative effort of ‘Pop That’ with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and a handful of notable guest features kicked off the Moroccan icon’s success and the rest became history.
The shoot is also accompanied by a five minute mini-film which documents Montana’s journey across the region. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum rap icon, producer, influencer, and philanthropist French Montana continues to give back and take his success to new heights. This November issue of GQ Middle East is a great representation of who French Montana is and what he stands for. Below you can check out some dope shots that are included in the issue.