The How To Get Away With Murder star was offered the chance to feature on the front page of the popular publication, but she didn't see eye to eye with editors with their vision for the shoot.
"They wanted me in a bra and panties but I was like, 'I don't want to do the bra and panties on a bed thing,'" Karla told E! News. "I wanted sophisticated, fancy, nice and beautiful and sexy, but not that. After a year, they were like, 'OK!' Luckily, they said yes to bathing suits and things I felt more comfortable in."
Souza eventually agreed on wearing a bustier and strappy bikini bottoms for the cover, despite the magazine's bosses' wariness over its lack of sex appeal.
"They had done a lot of the fully naked kind of covers in Mexico," she explained. "A lot of my fellow actresses had done that so that was the magazine's thing. They said that's what sells but then they told me my issue sold."
The Mexican beauty added, "At the beginning of my career, I did a magazine cover where they gave me boobs that I don't have, a butt that I don't have and a waist that I don't have. I was appalled. It took me three years to ever be in a bikini again. I didn't want people to do that to my body again... So GQ did nothing (no photo editing) - literally nothing. It was great."