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What You Should Know Before Getting Clear Aligners

You would have probably heard of clear aligners by now as it is fast becoming one of the most popular dental treatments. Brands like Invisalign might just be catching the attention of people now but clear aligners have been around for a long time and their technology is constantly improving every year. In this article, we will share some things that you should know if you are considering investing in clear aligners for your teeth!

Aligning your teeth can improve your oral health

Some studies have shown that if your teeth are better aligned, you’ll be less likely to get gum disease or cavities. This could be attributed to misaligned teeth being harder to clean as some areas of the mouth might be inaccessible when your teeth aren’t as aligned. Some dentists might even incorporate clear aligners into your periodontal care so as to prevent gum disease. With Invisalign, you not only straighten your teeth but it is incredibly easy to clean as no food gets stuck between your teeth and no plaque gets built up on your teeth either. 

Invisalign is designed for the adult lifestyle

You might think that you are too old to be getting braces. However, Invisalign was originally made to match up to what adults would consider when wanting to get their teeth aligned. The Invisalign was designed to help in the correction of minor tooth movement or relapse if, for instance, someone who wore braces once did not keep up with their orthodontic retainer. The Invisalign is also discreet and thus, if you are working in a professional setting and do not want people to be able to see that you are undergoing comprehensive orthodontic therapy, Invisalign is the way to go. No one would notice you are wearing Invisalign till they are up close. 

There are also clear aligners made for teens

While Invisalign was originally designed with adults in mind, teenagers also can get their hands on clear aligners. Keeping up with having to remove your Invisalign might be difficult, but there are some teens who are responsible enough to properly maintain their Invisalign. There are features available to help with this process for younger users such as built-in wear indicators that remind users that it’s time to change their aligners out. There is also built-in replacement protection that can come in handy if you accidentally lose your Invisalign. While Invisalign is one of the most popular options for clear aligners there are plenty of others available which can rival the very popular and well known clear aligner company. For more information, consider this resource from a website called ClearAlignerHub dedicated to alternatives to Invisalign.

They are really convenient 

Braces are not only visible, but they can also be discomforting and incredibly irritating when food gets stuck in them for long periods. With Invisalign, you do not have to worry about that happening and you do not even have to alter your diet as you would have to do with braces. All you have to do is remove your clear aligner during meals and pop them back in when you are done. When it comes to cleaning up your teeth, you can floss as per usual and brush your aligners as you would do to your teeth. Clear aligners are also smooth meaning that there are no wires and metals that irritate your lips or cheeks. In the rare instances that you do feel irritated by your Invisalign, you can always remove them for a while. Just make sure to keep them off for at least 22 hours a day. You can also say goodbye to getting orthodontic wax as you would not be suffering from poxy wires and broken brace brackets. 

How long do you need to wear your aligners?

As mentioned, Invisalign technology is improving every year. As it progresses, the average time for treatment has significantly reduced as well. Your treatment time will be dependent on how much alignment your teeth require but you can always consult a dentist to get a rough estimate of how long your treatment would take. You can expect to wear your aligners for about a year. There are also instances where your treatment might be way shorter. For instance, if you only require your front row teeth to be straightened, 3 to 6 months could do the trick.

You’ll have fewer and shorter appointments as compared to people who choose braces

Patients who wear braces, need to make frequent trips to the dentist to get their braces gradually tightened. In contrast, your entire Invisalign process is already mapped out from the start. All you need to do is to make sure to change your aligners to the next one as your dentist would have already directed you to do. You will have to make a trip to the dentist once in a while just to make sure that everything is going smoothly. You will not have to deal with getting bands for braces or getting your brackets removed. Your dentist is really only going to check on the progress and all you need to do is pick up the next few sets of aligners you will be needing for weeks to come. 

You can whiten your teeth at the same time

Your clear aligner could also act as a whitening tray. All you need to do is place a whitening gel on the inside of each space to brighten your smile at the same time. This makes sense as your aligner is made for your teeth and is snuggly fitted for each of your teeth. Remember to get a professional-grade whitening gel to prevent any mishaps! Check with the dentist if your whitening gel is compatible with your aligners. 

These days aligners can solve just about any problem

In the past, aligners could only solve certain teeth alignment issues. However, with time clear alignment has advanced far enough that even misaligned bites can be corrected with Invisalign. If you were told about a decade ago that you could not qualify for clear aligners, we recommend going to get your teeth checked again as most likely aligners can be used due to the progress in technology. 

While this article might give you a better idea about the benefits of clear aligners like Invisalign, it is best to book a consultation with a dentist to see what options are available for you. If you need, do get second opinions as well. There are heaps of benefits when it comes to aligners, all you need to do is make sure you are on track and you’ll have a bright and straight set of teeth in no time. 

Vaughn Lowery President of 360 MAGAZINE

VAUGHN LOWERY

Vaughn Lowery, the founder and president of the NGLCC certified, 360 MAGAZINE, has always strived for positive social change. He graduated from Cornell University. From there, he became active in modeling, acting and publishing.

A decade or more, Vaughn Lowery became notable when he appeared in Kmart’s smash commercial – Joe Boxer. It helped the retailer roughly sell US$20 million per week. By becoming an exclusive spokesperson, he appeared with Leeza Gibbons on Extra, Katie Couric on Today Show, and Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

At the culmination of college, he relocated to New York City; and thus, Vaughn began a career as an actor and model. It was there where celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine set him up with a fashion photographer, Fadil Berisha. Above Joe Boxer, he worked as a successful print model for many companies such as GAP, Old Navy, as well as a runway model for Tommy Hilfiger, Phat Farm, and Karl Kani. He has graced the pages of Elle, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. Additionally, he flipped the Houston Chronicle.

Years back, ABC News Primetime aired a segment chronicling his life, along with the tragic John Ritter story. Vaughn has also filmed a Super Bowl commercial, completed a high-profile Dasani Water billboard ad campaign, appeared on America’s Next Top Model, guest-starred on the comedy, Scrubs, and screened his controversial 35mm festival film, The Young & Evil, at Sundance 2009. Having been represented by major industry players such as NEXT, he was also named Seventeen Magazine’s 17 Hot Guys. His hindmost project The Company We Keep boasts director Roy Campanella II along with comedic co-star Leslie Jones. At present, Vaughn wrote a short, Chasen Life, which won a writing competition. He adapted audiobook Say Uncle into a feature-length film, pitched a reality series and is in the process of architecting an immersive design experience.

Due to his turbulent upbringing in Detroit, Vaughn has kept his personal promise to be a contributing citizen to those in need. He has lent his name and support to: Women At Risk, Human Rights Commission, March of Dimes, Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Awakening Young Minds and schools across the nation where he encourages adolescents to step into their power.

As of late, Lowery has developed their inaugural 360 MAG Podcast on Audible, Apple and Spotify as well as a new NFT Animal Series on OpenSea.

Futher, 360 MAGAZINE was named Business of the Month by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce [NGLCC]. The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. It possesses deep affiliations with FORTUNE 100 Fastest Growing Companies.

Lastly, hard cover and auditory interpretations of Vaughn’s memoir, Move Like Water × Be Fluid, are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.

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Vaughn Lowery in classic fedora for 360 MAGAZINE
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Vaughn speaks on the NFT-VIP ‘press panel’ on Sun., June 19 at 2:30pm EST Margaritaville Times Square Resort NYC.

In his spare time, he designs e-bike bras and reconfigures their silhouettes.

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Beeja May

As the prices of goods and services continue to rise, many people are looking for ways to save some money on their purchases. Purchasing pre-owned clothing is one way to help keep your expenses down while ensuring there can be updates to the wardrobe or that the kids have more clothes as they keep growing. There are some things shoppers can do to help save money and ensure a smooth experience while shopping online for pre-owned clothing.

“Some people may be new to purchasing pre-owned clothing, especially when it comes to online,” explains Christine Trinh, co-owner of Toronto-based Beeja May. “The great thing is that online thrift shopping provides you with many more opportunities, and you can be more selective than what is within a few miles of your home.”

There are many good reasons for purchasing pre-owned clothing. Not only will it save money, but it allows  more options, and it’s better for the environment. Clothing that may have otherwise finished its life cycle is given another chance to be used. This helps with sustainability issues and helps the planet not use as many resources.

Whether online thrift shopping for personal use or buying for the family, there are some tips to keep, including:

  • Try to meet the free shipping minimums. Often, people may be close enough to the free shipping minimum that it makes sense to add in one more item. The money either goes to shipping or scoring one more piece of clothing.
  • Do the shopping at an online thrift store that is well organized. This will save a lot of time and frustration. Items should be organized by size, brands, and more. This will help people quickly narrow the focus of what is available.
  • Be sure to take advantage of any rewards program the online store may have. This will help shoppers earn additional items or rewards, thus stretching their dollars even further.
  • Know what the company means by the item condition that is stated. Most companies have a standard guideline they follow when labeling the condition of an item. This will avoid getting things that were expected to be in better condition.
  • Look for rescue programs, such as the one offered by Beeja May. A rescue program has partnered with companies to sell their dead stock or manufacturer defect items. The items are offered at deeply discounted rates, up to 50% off retail, providing access to new things at pre-owned rates. This program helps manufacturers, the planet, and consumers, making it a win-win-win.

“We have taken many steps to make shopping online for pre-owned clothing simple and enjoyable,” shares Tan. “Since we started, we have sold over 130,000 items, showing how simple it is and how satisfied people are. We continue to look for even more ways to enhance the online thrift store shopping experience. It’s something the consumers and environment needs, and we are happy to help.”

Beeja May offers tens of thousands of secondhand clothing items, and the process to shop is simplified. Shoppers can shop by age (i.e., newborn to 24 months, toddlers, kids, maternity, etc.), by brands (i.e., Gap, Mini Mioche, Zara, Roots, etc.), and more. Plus, the items have all been carefully curated and inspected before be being listed, so there are no unwelcome surprises when someone receives their package in the mail.

Beeja May offers name-brand clothing, organic clothing, and ways that people can save on their orders, including by combining shipping and a robust loyalty program. In addition to children’s clothing, the store offers maternity and nursing wear, books, and footwear. They offer free shipping with a $75 purchase, a loyalty club, and all items are well organized. It also has a zero-waste shop, offering a variety of essentials, such as soap, dryer balls, reusable food wraps, pot scrubbers, lotion, shampoo, and more. 

About Beeja May

Founded in 2019, Beeja May is an online secondhand clothing store that provides a convenient way for families to shop. In addition to clothing, shoppers can find books, shoes, and zero-waste products. The company has a mission of helping the planet and helping those who need assistance with purchasing clothing.

illustration by Reb Czukoski for use by 360 Magazine

Elliott Advocacy Releases 2022 Readers Choice Nominees

Elliott Advocacy, the nonprofit online consumer advocacy organization, has announced the release of its 2022 Readers Choice Award nominees, with voting beginning today here.

Sponsored by Medjet, the leading air medical transport membership program for travelers, the Elliott Advocacy Readers Choice Award is an annual recognition of companies in various consumer sectors that offered outstanding customer support and service that year. For 2022, readers nominated and voted for their favorite companies in 16 categories ranging from airlines to wireless service providers.

Finding the best customer service is more challenging than ever during a pandemic, says Christopher Elliott, founder of Ellio=tt Advocacy. The Readers Choice Award offers guidance to consumers, helping them make smarter purchasing decisions.

The Readers Choice Award, now in its 17th year, is widely recognized as one of the premier customer service honors in America. The full list of award categories and nominees for the 2022 Readers Choice Award includes:

Travel Agency Network

  • American Express Travel
  • Ensemble Travel Group
  • Travel Leaders Network
  • Signature Travel Network
  • Virtuoso

Wireless Carrier

  • AT&T
  • Consumer Cellular
  • Cricket
  • Google Fi
  • Nextel Communications
  • T-Mobile
  • TracFone Wireless
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Sprint

Luggage

  • American Tourister
  • Away
  • Briggs & Riley
  • Eagle Creek
  • Delsey
  • Globe-Trotter
  • Hartmann
  • Samsonite
  • Travelpro
  • Tumi
  • Victorinox

Cruise Line

  • Azamara
  • Carnival
  • Cunard
  • Celebrity
  • Crystal
  • Holland America
  • Disney
  • MSC
  • NCL
  • Princess
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Viking
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Seabourn

Apparel

  • American Eagle
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Aeropostale
  • Forever 21
  • Gap
  • J. Crew
  • H&M
  • Inditex
  • Lands End

Subscription TV

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Bright House Network
  • Cablevision Systems
  • Charter Communications
  • Comcast
  • Cox Communications
  • DirecTV
  • DISH Network
  • Mediacom
  • Suddenlink
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon Fios

Hotel Chain

  • Marriott
  • Hilton
  • Best Western
  • Carlson Rezidor
  • InterContinental (IHG)
  • Accor
  • Choice Hotels
  • Wyndham Hotel Group

Online Travel Agency

  • Booking.com (includes Kayak and Priceline)
  • Fareportal (includes CheapOair, OneTravel, and Travelong)
  • Expedia (includes Hotwire, Orbitz, and Travelocity)
  • TripAdvisor (includes FlipKey and Viator)

Ground Transportation

  • Car2Go
  • Greyhound
  • Kyte
  • Lyft
  • Megabus
  • Uber
  • Turo
  • Zipcar

Domestic Airline

  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Breeze Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines

Travel Insurance

  • Allianz Global Assistance
  • Amex Assurance
  • Aon Affinity
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Generali Global Assistance
  • HTH Worldwide
  • Travel Guard
  • Travelex
  • Trip Mate

Travel Insurance (Specialty)

  • Arch RoamRight
  • Cavalry Travel Insurance (Ripcord)
  • Seven Corners
  • Travel Insured International
  • World Nomads

Vacation Rental

International Airline

  • Air China
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • easy Jet
  • Emirates
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Ryanair
  • Singapore
  • Virgin Atlantic

Theme Park

  • Animal Kingdom (Disney World)
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa)
  • Busch Gardens (Williamsburg)
  • California Adventure Park (Disneyland)
  • Cedar Point
  • Disneyland
  • Epcot (Disney World)
  • Hersheypark
  • Hollywood Studios (Disney World)
  • Islands of Adventure (Orlando)
  • Kings Island
  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • Magic Kingdom (Disney World)
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • SeaWorld (Orlando)
  • SeaWorld (San Diego)
  • Universal Studios (Hollywood)
  • Universal Studios (Orlando)

Car Rental Company

  • Ace
  • Advantage
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • Fox
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Thrifty
  • Silvercar
  • Sixt

Car Manufacturer (Domestic)

  • Buick
  • Chrysler
  • Chevrolet
  • Cadillac
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Jeep
  • Lincoln
  • Tesla

Car Manufacturer (International)

  • Acura
  • Honda
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Lexus
  • Mercedes
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volvo
  • VW

Additional sponsorship for the Elliott Advocacy 2022 Readers Choice Award comes from Allianz and Southwest Airlines. Voting will be open through January 2022 and winners will be announced in February. A full list of previous Readers Choice Awards is available here

ABOUT ELLIOTT ADVOCACY:

Elliott Advocacy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that empowers consumers to solve problems and helps those who can’t. We do it through direct consumer advocacy, journalism, and by maintaining the largest database of executive contact information on the internet for consumers.

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GAP × WILLA AMAI

GAP PROFILES INDIE POP SINGER-SONGWRITER WILLA AMAI IN FALL 2021 CAMPAIGN WITH VOICE OF INCLUSION AND OPTIMISM

Blows By, Amai’s New Single To Release As A Part Of The Campaign

Seventeen-year-old music phenom, Willa Amai has been tapped as one of the INDIVIDUALS Shine as Gap Amplifies Voices Through Diverse Ensemble of Modern Changemakers Campaign. Gap continues to champion modern American optimism by celebrating INDIVIDUALS who represent the positive impact of being your true self.   Gap’s Fall 2021 adult campaign amplifies the voices of a distinct and diverse cast that better represents all of us.   These individuals transcend race, gender, age, abilities, and talents as catalysts for change, reflecting what’s possible from anyone.

The INDIVIDUALS campaign includes positively energetic culture shapers, ranging from an award-wining Chinese filmmaker to a Black Deaf BASL activist to an aspiring, young astronaut, to an aspiring young astronaut, who define their creativity, self-expression and personal style. inspired by a unique take on the concept of “15 minutes of fame,” the campaign captures the essence of the INDIVIDUALS in just 15 seconds.

The INDIVIDUALS:

  • Willa Amai, 17-year-old mental health advocate and singer-songwriter who is releasing “Blows By,” her new music video filmed during the Gap campaign that breaks today
  • Chloé Zhao, award-winning Chinese director, writer, editor and producer
  • JaShaun St.John, Native actress discovered by Chloé Zhao, amplifying her Lakota tribe
  • Alyssa Carson, 20-year-old space enthusiast,                             educator, aquanaut and aspiring astronaut, pursuing her dream to travel to Mars
  • Angus Cloud, irreverent Irish American actor, staying true to himself
  • Nakia Smith, influencer and BASL activist for the Black Deaf community who advocates for all to be seen and heard
  • The Ebinum Brothers, Victory & Marvel, Nigerian brothers and artistic communicators using the medium of dance to showcase movement as a method to speak about life, ecology and belonging
  • Helena Howard, multiethnic, breakout actress acclaimed for her coming-of-age performances
  • Delfin Finley, dynamic Los Angeles-based visual artist with an activist upbringing
  • Kailand Morris, philanthropist, model, designer and musician, combining influences from all disciplines to forge his unique path

“This dimensional cast of INDIVIDUALS embodies modern American optimism,” says Mary Alderete, global head of Gap marketing. “Gap continues to amplify the voices of changemaking and culture shaping INDIVIDUALS, celebrating who they are and what makes them a true representation of the voices of today. These incredible individuals characterize an optimistic future fueled by creativity, possibility and unity.”

The campaign was concepted by Gap Global Creative Director, Len Peltier, directed by Christian Weber with portraits shot by renowned photographer Mark Seliger – INDIVIDUALS and creative visionaries in their own right. Weber and Seliger have been capturing signature Gap creative for years, spanning from the 1990s to today.

“BLOWS BY,” being the 5th single from Amai’s debut album, I CAN GO TO BED WHENEVER, is the song that is being used in Amai’s 15 second teaser and is the upcoming video that was also shot as an accompanying video from this GAP campaign.   “I am so beyond thrilled and honored to be apart of this GAP campaign.  Advocating for activism and individuality has always been so important to me, and I will forever be indebted to Gap and everyone who worked on this project for allowing me to do that!”

As Amai continues to rise, the industry will undoubtedly notice, and the fans will soak in her honesty. If truth is what her mentor Linda Perry was looking for, well she hit the motherload.

Vaughn Lowery illustration by Allison Christensen for his book Move Like Water x Be Fluid produced by 360 MAGAZINE

Move Like Water × Be Fluid

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, pens poignant prose. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit’s subsidized, section 8 housing to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.

This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.

The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Both Joseph and Vaughn Lowery are members of the first intercollegiate historically African American organization Alpha Phi Alpha. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others. 

In 1920, his grandmother, Agnes Christine Moore Lowery (the little girl in the blue dress, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha), came with her grandmother to become the first black to vote in Tennessee. The kids’ book, The Big Day, depicts their journey the day she voted, now available on Amazon here.

Photo of LaJUNE by Armon Hayes for 360 Magazine

Photo: Armon Hayes, Talent: LaJUNE

360 Magazine is also now selling one of a kind home goods via Chairish, a curated marketplace for the best in vintage and contemporary furniture, decor and art. Check out this piece designed by 360’s founder Vaughn Lowery.

In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.

As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.

Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives. 

The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.

Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.

Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.

Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.

Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.

Chapter 5: Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.

Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.

Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.

Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.

Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.

Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving. 

Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid, by Vaughn Lowery, is available this month exclusively on the 360 MAGAZINE’s website. 360 MAGAZINE has received numerous accolades, and has recently been featured on Dancing with the Stars. Stay in touch by following both Lowery (@vaughnlowery) and 360 (@360magazine)

Additionally Vaughn has an audio book titled, “Say Uncle: The Story of Vaughn Lowery” which loosely based on his childhood. It is available for here on Amazon Music. For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.

Now available in all formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Blurb, Walmart and Audible.

Signed copies of Vaughn’s memoir, Move Like Water × Be Fluid, are available in our shop.

Jean Button illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Covid-19 on Clothes

By Eamonn Burke

As a relatively new virus, new information is coming out about Covid-19 every day. While much is known, such as the fact that it spreads through air and is most dangerous to the elderly, there is much that remains unknown.

One of these unanswered questions is that if clothing: can the coronavirus survive on clothing? What we do know from evidence is that the virus can in fact live on other surfaces like plastic and steel for up to nine days. There is no evidence, however, that answers the question about clothes.

What we do know is that viruses similar to Covid – MERS, SARS – do not survive on clothes, as they are porous surfaces that can trap the virus and dry it out. A study from Johns Hopkins Medicine corroborates this, finding the probability of the virus being transferred through clothing is low. However, another study did find that the virus can live on shoes.

While the most important protective measures against COVID-19 remain social distancing and wearing masks, the CDC still recommends to air on the side of caution and wash clothes, specifically on the warmest setting to dry them out. The findings also pose issue for companies who need to handle clothing returns. Many large companies like Macy’s and Gap have amended their return policies to consider this, but it is also important for small businesses to do the same.

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Bridging the GAP 

By Armon Hayes × Emily Bunn

Hip-hop icon and culture curator Kanye West announces his 10 year collaboration yesterday with America’s sweetheart brand GAP. Identified as the #WestDayEver, Kanye’s tweet comes as a major displacement in the fashion industry which no one expected. A media frenzy reminiscent of Beyoncé’s Adidas × Ivy Park collaboration as well as Rihanna x Puma is verified for lines of anticipation forming now set to release 2021. 

Offerings include men, women, children and possibly home. It’s premature to speculate on design details; however, fans can assume chique yet simple urban duds shared by both Yeezy and the GAP. The household name established in 1969 proves its resilience and continues to reinvent itself. At a time where diversity and equality is at the cutting edge of pop culture, the GAP boardroom is no stranger to utilizing their voice for justice.

According to CNN, on the day of the announcement GAP’s stocks have significantly increased.

Today, Kanye dropped the first piece of merchandise from the collaboration: the Yeezy “Round Jacket.” The cobalt blue puffer jacket was revealed on Gap’s Instagram when they posted a caption-less, silent video showcasing the garment.

The jacket is also being highlighted in various locations across Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. At four separate locations in all three cities, floating projections of the jacket are displayed.

Shoppers can pre-order the stylish jacket for fall HERE. Currently, the garment is sold out on GAP’s website, and is only available to customers in the US.

Further, today marks Kanye‘s 44th birthday! Surely, the successful release of the Yeezy “Round Jacket” is a birthday gift for both Kanye and his fans.

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2020 ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN

By Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to glide through the five Burroughs of NYC in an all-terrain super-luxury SUV during the Holiday Season.

Unassuming and illustrious are the best words to describe the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV. Worth its weight in gold! Approximately priced around $394,275, it’s the most expensive off-roader in it’s class and by far the most luxurious in the world.

Design

Handcrafted from the soil up, every nook and cranny has the Rolls-Royce stamp of approval. The overall shell of the vehicle is sleek and seamless. Every pillar and appointment makes perfect sense. Outside, the frontfasia is bodacious with integrated laser headlights and a pronounced grill. The Spirit of Ecstasy (SoE) sits on the hood and is retracts at a moment’s notice. 22″ inch part polished wheels and tires have a weighted emblem in the middle so as the car rolls (no wordplay intended) it stays center so there’s no mistaking who fabricated this monster. Swooping lines lead towards the back wisease. At first glance, it’s profile is somewhat reminiscent of an Range Rover Autobiography. On the sides, are LED parking lights. Boxy, beautiful yet masculine. At the rear, are gem-like light fixtures with turning signals. The boot has a clamshell tailgate which opens up and out with dual doors.

Push the button on the door knob to enter. Right before you enter the cabin, you are greeted by illunlminated ‘Cullinan’ treadplates alongside of lambswool floor mats. Even if the interior lights aren’t on, the Charles Blue interior leather seats are just as magnetic as Angelina Jolie’s electric eyes. One will feel like they’re swimming in Bali at Geger Beach wrapped by a navy blue beach towel in leather. Equally drowned by a sea of blue, the moonroof unveils the sky like a drophead, making the cabin feel more open and airy. Literally two to three people can promote their entire bodies out of the dual panel sunroof. It’s definitely one of the largest in its segment hands-down. Per usual, all of the appointments are wrapped in leather and stainless steel as easily as every headrest is embossed by SoE. Classic dials throughout and an analog clock sits on the dashboard with the same kind of realness as Big Ben in London.

Continue along to the back seats, the same luxurious integrity is apparent with large screens with trays which go flush. Instead of a back panel window in the trunk space, it’s laid right on side of back passengers. All of the rear windows possess dark tempered glass fit for the likes of the Queen herself, Beyoncé. As we dropped a passenger off at the Hard Rock Hotel in Time Square, tons of bystanders huddled around to take pictures.

Technology

Once again, the BMW’s iDrive system is dominant in the infotainment unit. The knob toggles through various screens, but this season they have a concierge which makes it a tad easier to locate and designate a destination – similar in type to Lexus Enform. Eight different settings for driver/passenger massages – excellent way for a driver to refresh during a long road trip.

During these colder months, the steering, arm rests and seats are heated. And, if you haven’t received a formal crash course on your Cullinan, you can refer to the animated digital owner’s manual which can easily search many of its amenities. The custom Rolls-Royce signature audio system has tweeters, floor subwoofers and enough watts to make you thump like you’re at a rock concert.

Safety

With more bells than whistles, you won’t leave a lane or come close to a dinging anything on this vehicle. The over the head 360 panoramic backup cam gives you a spaceage Jetson POV of what’s around the vehicle at all times. Night vision with heat detectors can help you navigate through woodsy areas without hitting a deer. In the urban center, we were alerted while behind a school bus – cameras came about when pedestrians accosted the vehicle’s walk around radius. Moreover, with a reinforced steel skeleton and airbags virtually for every piece of your body, you’re pretty safe in this vehicle.

Performance

Weighing in at around 5,863 lbs, this V12 turbo is more than powerful. With 570 HP and 627 pound-ft of torque, this SUV plows. Of course, the AWD allows you to claw corners and steering provides you with turning capabilities as if you’re in a sportscar. We pounded the asphalt and it felt like we could conquer 0-60 mph in less than 4.9 minutes while we entered the Garden State Parkway. There’s a reason why RR makes airplane engines because we felt like we were flying! Mentioning mpg makes no sense if you’re purchasing an automotive beast like this one – but here you go – 12 city / 20 highway.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market to floss and experience what many will never – this car should make it onto your bucket list. Out of all the Rolls-Royce tribe, this is the most practical as you can apply it for everyday use as well as a red carpet experience.

Pre-order.