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Holiday Gifts That Are on Everyone’s Wish List

Now that it’s fall, it’s officially that time of the year. The holidays are still a way’s away, but the must-have items are coming out earlier and earlier and your list seems to get longer and longer. It’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021! Whether you’re looking for the latest toys, present for your wife, your kids, or even your boss, this 360 MAGAZINE list will be your one stop shop to find the coolest gift ideas.

Check out our favorites below, and we hope you pick out something nice for yourself as well!

Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’

Leica Camera has unveiled a new Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’ to celebrate the release of the 25th Bond adventure, No Time to Die.  Limited to 250 pieces only, the camera exudes understated elegance – just like James Bond – marked by Leica’s signature minimalist design.

The new camera features the iconic 007 logo on the deck cap and the famous Bond gun barrel design on the lens cap. Each of the limited-edition cameras will be individually numbered, making the “007” camera a sought-after collectable. The camera comes in a customized and handcrafted case designed by the British luxury suitcase brand, Globe-Trotter. Inspired by the bespoke cases that are featured in No Time To Die film, both the camera case and camera are finished in the same ocean green leather colorway.

A combination of both photography and cinema, this makes a perfect gift for anyone who is a film major or enthusiast! Available for purchase on the official Leica website.

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Oakley × Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes II and Oakley has released the second iteration of the MVP quarterback’s Signature Series, Contrail. The new eyewear is inspired by the MVP’s limitless talent and includes features that honor the Super Bowl LIV Champion.

The Signature Series Collection launched in early 2021 with the bold design of Oakley’s Sutro Lite frame. Ahead of the brand’s third season partnership with the NFL, Oakley is adding Contrail to the collection, a modern design available in matte black with metallic gold icons to celebrate the unconventional success of the Kansas City Chief’s player. The frame features a lightweight, durable C-5 alloy frame and Prizm lens technology engineered to enhance color and contrast while discoverable Mahomes details on the Contrail include an etched lens with II for Mahomes and a signed microbag.

Modern yet timeless, the Patrick Mahomes Signature Series is available on Oakley.com and in Oakley retail stores.

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Casio EDIFICE × Scuderia AlphaTauri Racing

Super-charge your speed and precision with this special Casio EDIFICE watch designed in collaboration with the F1™ team Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Made with the same type of 6K carbon fiber used in the floor and wings of the Scuderia AlphaTauri racing machine, the EFR571AT-1A puts the latest motorsports technology right on your wrist. Fluorescent yellow — the color that crew mechanics use at the track for safety — highlights key components, providing the stand-out visibility required by racing teams who have to make every second count. The yellow stopwatch button and second hand ensure easy, no-fumble timing. The last 15 seconds on the dial are also highlighted, in a nod to the F1 rule that crewmembers must leave the grid 15 seconds before the formation lap starts.

This special EDIFICE delivers what you need to manage your day with the confidence of an F1 driver. Available for purchase here.

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Lids × Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowler and Super Bowl LV Champion Wide Receiver, Chris Godwin, has partnered with Lids and is not the retailer’s newest brand partner.

Godwin has created seven custom embroidery designs exclusively with Lids. Along with his signature and a #14 jersey number available in a variety of design options, these exclusive designs will also include a ‘World Champion’ badge as a nod to the Bucs fanbase following their 2021 Super Bowl LV win.

Fans can embroider any one of the designs on a hat or jersey of their choice at hundreds of Lids locations across the country starting today (available at any location that offers on-site custom embroidery). Through this partnership, Lids contributed a flat donation to Godwin’s charitable foundation, Team Godwin Foundation, which provides at-risk animals a second chance through advocacy and financial support.

More information here.

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THE COMFY

Nothing keeps you cozy on chilly fall mornings like the wearable blanket that started it all! The Comfy Teddy Bear Quarter Zip is everything you love about The Comfy Teddy Bear, but with the added flexibility and style of a zip.

Fun, cozy, and will keep you warm while couch surfing on a cool night. It is unisex and stylish enough for all your needs, from sitting on the porch or a quick trip to the store. Luscious, high-quality sherpa wraps you in a giant hug while the quarter zip gives you flexibility, you’ll never want to take it off.

Available in a variety of colors and patterns here.

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LOL Cartel

Recording artist and MTV’s Ridiculousness host Chanel West Coast has announced the release of her new LOL Cartel unisex capsule collection. Conceptualized and designed by Chanel herself, the new streetwear line showcases fun, expressive lifestyle apparel that speaks to the laidback and feel good vibes of the West Coast. 

The new drop features a wide array of classic silhouettes such as sweatpants, sweaters, hats, shirts, t-shirts and more in custom-dyed designs and bold color combinations, emphasizing the young and vibrant inspiration throughout. Each piece has been designed with high quality fabrics and materials, and was crafted to be unisex, ensuring a mix-and-match capsule collection that can be enjoyed by people of all genders.  

Shop here.

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Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys is the premier online retailer specializing in limited edition art toys in vinylresin and PVC, as well as imported action figures and one-off custom toys.

Started in 2004 in New York City, Tenacious Toys services thousands of customers worldwide each year with the most reliable fulfillment of bullet-proof packages. Tenacious Toys offers customers a robust program of rewards and freebies, as well as multiple payment options during checkout.

Perfect holiday gift for a friend or partner who loves to collect! Shop Tenacious Toys’ latest collection here.

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EATABLE

Celebrate flavors worthy of your everyday celebrations with the 100% natural, delightfully grown-up popcorn from EATABLE.

Inspired by the flavors of happy hour, each bag features the sophisticated notes of your favorite cocktails without the alcohol. They start with non-GMO corn kernels that are air popped to perfection, imbue them with a sweet candy or caramel spirit infused coating, and then painstakingly hand-sift each batch to ensure those hard unpopped kernels never make it to your mouth. 

Give your movie night a sophisticated twist, upgrade your book club’s charcuterie board, or toast Team USA with the mixed pop of your choice.

EATABLE Highlights:

• Crafted from locally sourced, non-GMO corn kernels

• Twice baked recipe creates the perfect crunchy texture

• Grab and go bags are ideal for snacking, picnics, barbecues, and more!

• Comes in a resealable bag for freshness you can taste

• NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

• Flavors include:

• Whisky on the Pops

• Pop the Champagne

• Pop the Salt & Tequila

• Pop Goes Sangria

• Poppy Caesar

•Poppin’ Rosé all Day 

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Sea Witch Botanicals

Sea Witch Botanicals is committed to being a role model in the shift toward sustainability and ethical business, and transparently dedicated to environmental justice. We are a small, tenacious team that believes you don’t need sinister synthetics or animal byproducts to have a clean home, a beautiful smelling space, or luxurious self-care. All of our products are crafted with only plant-based ingredients and packaged for optimum waste-reduction. 

Sea Witch Botanicals aims to keep the world’s water healthy by providing natural home and body products that are good for you, and the environment. With a huge range of scents and products, find your match of incense and candles here.

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N.Peal Cashmere Knitwear

Know a Bond fan? These gifts would be right up their alley. Exclusive cashmere knitwear brand N.Peal is launching its Navy Ribbed Army Sweater and 007 Combat Trousers as worn by 007 in the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, releasing in theaters October 8, 2021.

Available in a blend of 90 per cent superfine Merino wool and 10 per cent cashmere, the Navy Ribbed Army Sweater  features canvas patches on the shoulders, cuffs and elbow and is augmented by a drawstring neck. The 007 combat trouser is made from 100% Cotton, features-Gun metal zips and poppers- 3 pockets, two zipped and one poppered – Epitomises the modern and informal utility look and marries perfectly with the N.Peal commando sweater.

Modelling its design on British Military Commando sweaters & Combat Trousers, N.Peal developed these pieces with No Time To Die costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb.

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CASIO G-SHOCK

As the most nostalgic time of the year nears, what’s a better way to remember your childhood than to purchase old trinkets? Casio has released a few timepieces that are reminiscent of the 90s, and will surely bring you back in time.

Based on the larger men’s style, the GMAS120SR-7A is a compact G-SHOCK model in the transparent style that became popular back in the ‘90s. This model features a rose-gold metallic finish with a design that makes it the perfect accessory for work and play. 

The square design of the GMS5600PG-1 is reminiscent of the classic G-SHOCK 5600. This model has a metal covered bezel and incorporates standard G-SHOCK shock resistance in a small, lightweight watch that is comfortable to wear. The mirror finish of the case and bezel add a touch of elegance to the watch’s casual look. 

The BG169G-4B offers the nostalgic BABY-G style in an eye-catching pink band and face. Featuring 200-meter water resistance, this model has an ion-plated metal ring and with a face protector, creating a face that is dynamic, yet classically BABY-G. The wire face protectors on the case allow for worry-free wear at the beach, pool, or in other high-activity areas.

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Pureaty Naturals – Biotin Hair Serum

One of those products that went viral over quarantine, none other than this biotin hair serum from Pureaty Naturals.

According to more than 5,000 five-star Amazon ratings awarded for its ability to regrow hair even in nearly bald spots after a month of use. Shoppers say it makes a huge difference in their hair’s strength and thickness, rescuing thinning hairlines from intense shedding and encouraging growth like a “miracle serum.” 

Prior to trying the Pureauty formula, one person says that nothing seemed to help their drain-clogging hair loss. Within two weeks, the cycle turned around: “The results are AMAZING! I legit only had like two strands fall out per shower.” They continue, “The only downside: I didn’t find this product sooner. I could not be happier. Thank you so much to whoever made this. You literally saved my depressed soul from losing my hair.”

Another person “desperate” to reverse their chemo-thinned hair says their hair loss is now so minimal, the results are “hard to believe.” But by all accounts it doesn’t much matter what’s behind the hair loss — the Pureauty’s hydrators, including the glycerin and squalane mentioned above, keep your scalp optimally moisturized regardless. As the last person concludes: “Thank you, little bottle of serum.” 

Shop Pureauty here.

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Tubble Royale Inflatable Bathtub

Give the gift of a portable tub, Tubble! Imagine taking a private hot bath in the snow after skiing or on your balcony over looking the city! Tubble was designed for urban living but is also great for outside adventures (veranda, porch, balcony, living room, cabin, glamping, RV). With the Tubble, you can take a bath anywhere-anytime. You just need a water source! Tubble is great for contrast therapeutic bath (hot to cold and vice versa) any type of therapeutic bath is an option. Fits a 6’ tall person or two people very comfortably! Quality materials (like a yoga mat) makes it more comfortable than a regular bath. Lightweight when empty, travels easy, and holds 60 gallons of water when full. Perfect for the holidays.

Available on Tubble and Amazon.

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nutpods

You know the holidays are near when you see Pumpkin Spice on the shelves again. Keep the good times pouring with nutpods unsweetened Winter Collection flavors; Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Holiday Nog. The party goes on to the last drop. All three are creamy, foamy, and free of dairy and sugar.

Shop here.

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Cornbread Hemp

The CBD industry has become an oversaturated $2.1 billion market notorious for a lack of consumer awareness, large corporations, and countless athletes/celebrities fronting brands (without any real involvement in the company). However, a few smaller CBD brands are setting themselves apart through a purpose-driven mission and commitment to product quality.

Cornbread Hemp is one of the rare few that has been able to gain market share as an underdog, in large part due to its signature Flower-Only™, full spectrum, and USDA-certified organic hemp. They are going down a different path, not cutting corners, and offering a product that is light years ahead of what you see at your local convenience store.

The founders at Cornbread Hemp have made taking on corporate CBD as one of their causes to ensure that consumers know what is in the product they are ingesting or rubbing on their bodies. Co-founder Jim Higdon has said that “what most consumers don’t know is that corporate hemp manufacturers produce substandard products, only to dress them up with the term ‘Whole Plant.'”

Shop Cornbread Hemp here.

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ZAGG

Know someone that got the new iPhone? Here’s a quick gift idea. ZAGG, the global leader in accessories and technologies that empower mobile lifestyles, introduced screen protection and protective case solutions for the new Apple iPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. ZAGG also announced screen protection for the Apple Watch Series 7 and iPad mini (6th gen).  

ZAGG accessories for these Apple devices are available beginning today on ZAGG.com with some products arriving in the coming weeks. Consumers may find ZAGG InvisibleShield and ZAGG Gear4 products at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Best Buy, and Walmart stores nationwide.

ZAGG backs its mobile accessories with an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty and will replace the product if it ever gets worn or damaged for the life of the device. With more than 250 million screen protectors sold worldwide, ZAGG InvisibleShield is the #1 selling brand for smartphone screen protection in the U.S. and has set the industry standard for screen protection. Shop here.

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Oakley Coyote Boot

Born more than 20 years ago, the Coyote boot was built to function like a sneaker while still offering an iconic combat-inspired product. The boot is not meant to be just for anyone, it was created for a purpose with a will to run alone and to run with the pack.

Designed to take on any adventure whether in the city or in the wild, the Coyote boot itself features an EVA midsole and slip-resistant rubber outsole which moves naturally with your foot, while providing plush shock absorption. The lightweight material and genuine leather offers ventilated comfort while the rugged nylon laces stand to rough wear to complete this durable, everyday boot. In addition to the regular colorways, The Coyote Boot will also offer three new limited-edition colorways featuring vibrant, neon soles: black/neon green, coyote/neon orange, and sage/neon light blue. 

A gift made for any adventurous friends or partners, the Coyote Boot is available in select stores and online here.

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PUMA

The second PUMA collaboration with Black Fives collection celebrates the way teams in the Black Fives Era expanded their reach beyond neighborhoods where they began, into cities and towns throughout the United States. This seven-piece collection encompasses vintage-inspired designs with historical graphics and authentic logos maintained by the Foundation. Banner graphics showcase Black Fives teams along with cities they played in across the U.S. from Los Angeles to New York.

The Black Fives Foundation’s mission is to research, preserve, showcase, teach and honor the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball. Items in the collection include multi-colored hoodie and sweatpants, shorts, T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt, cardigan, and a black Suede Mid Black Fives, which includes a pop of color on the sole and team logos on the formstrip.

The collection launches globally October 8 in stores and online.

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Affirmicious

Has this last year taken a toll on your friends’ spirits? Are you on the lookout for a gift that inspires change and growth There’s nothing like the holiday season to spread a little cheer, and with Affirmicious and their uplifting Zodiac Affirmation Card Decks you can help nip negativity in the bud.

Each deck of fun and focusing cards is tailored to the personality of a specific Zodiac sign, offering positive statements and reminders to help change the flow of your thoughts the more you practice them. 

  • Features 100 personalized affirmation cards per set
  • Cards are based on the unique traits, needs, and energy of each Zodiac sign
  • Reinforces and emphasizes your positive traits
  • Helps put an end to negative self-talk
  • Fun for Zodiac believers and dabblers alike!
  • Available for all 12 Zodiac signs

Shop here.

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GLOBAL LIVE STREAMING APP, LIVIT, ANNOUNCES LIVE LOUNGE CONCERT SERIES

App Home To Over 45 Million Users Will Host Interactive Live-Streamed Music Events With Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, VASSY & More

Watch Live Lounge Starting Friday, August 6 at 7:00PM PST on the LIVIT App

Global live streaming and entertainment platform LIVIT, operated under the 17LIVE brand, announced today that they will be hosting a live-streamed concert & interactive event series featuring global superstar Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter VASSY, and more. Presented by 17LIVE, the interactive Live Lounge events will begin on August 6th and will be produced at CreatetheLAB in Los Angeles. Each concert will be live-streamed exclusively on the #1 streaming platform in Asia on the LIVIT Official Account in the app, found HERE.

17LIVE is the leading platform for rising music artists, entertainers and influencers that has more than 45 million users in Asia and is rapidly growing across the United States with their U.S. centric brand LIVIT. Exclusively on the LIVIT app, they will be hosting this series of three-hour long events, consisting of multiple performances, interview segments, and Q&As that will allow fans to have a live, intimate experience with their favorite musicians. 

The August 6th Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE will feature VASSY and hit-making singer-songwriter Josh Cumbee. Best known for her vocal prowess in viral collaborations with dance music heavyweights such as Afrojack and Tiesto, VASSY recently reached the 1 billion stream milestone with her single “Bad”, which was her collaboration with Showtek and David Guetta. The pop artist released her hit track  “Chase” this summer with Aussie producer duo Bonka (The Chainsmokers, Timmy Trumpet). The track is currently sitting at the #1 position on the dance airplay radio chart and reached #1 on the dance Aria charts in Australia. Josh Cumbee built his career as a producer and songwriter for world-class artists such as Madonna, Kygo, Rita Ora, Armin van Buuren and Adam Lambert, and recently wrote the worldwide hit ‘Wondering’ for Olivia Rodrigo. Having worked in genres including ballads, dance music, rock, K-pop and C-pop, Cumbee is a songwriter and producer of exceptional talent who has had #1 hits in Korea, China, Italy, has a Latin Grammy nomination under his belt and more. He recently released ‘Sound Of Your Name (with Vicke Blanka)’, his first collaboration with another artist as a solo singer-songwriter.

On August 27, Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE will host the first-ever showcase for global superstar Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, which is a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. With over 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams, the Norwegian artist is known for chart-topping hits like the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” [with Selena Gomez], “Higher Love” [with Whitney Houston], “Like It Is” [with Zara Larsson & Tyga], and “Lose Somebody” [with OneRepublic]. Kygo’s showcase will feature performances by Palm Tree Records artists Frank Walker, Forester, Haywood, and Petey Martin. Toronto-based DJ/Producer Frank Walker has captivated fans across the globe with his club-ready collaborations such as “Like Gold” with Loud Luxury and Stephen Puth, along with solo releases like “Dancing In The Dark” which was recently nominated for a Juno award. Los Angeles-based indie electronic duo Forester has already made a lasting impact in the scene, blending acoustic instrumentation with electronic elements that transport the listener to wide open spaces, allowing for introspection as well as the desire to dance. They dropped their sophomore album ‘A Range of Light’ on December 4th and have earned  over 20  million total streams across their catalog.

“I’m excited for my artists to have the opportunity to show the world what they’re capable of.” – Kygo

Songwriter and producer Haywood has penned hits for everyone from Katy Perry and Kygo to BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez and is now a solo artist. The New Zealand-born and Australian-raised songstress introduces a glorious and glossy sound of her own on a series of 2021 singles for Palm Tree Records punctuated by her skyscraping vocals and punchy lyrics. Nashville-based Petey Martin wrote/produced “Ashes” by Celine Dion for the Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Bigger Than” by Justin Jesso & Seeb, and five songs on Kygo’s ‘Golden Hour’ album, including the lead single “Like It Is.” He made his debut as an artist collaborating with Matoma on “Keep It Simple” and released his introductory  single “Come Back Home” on Palm Tree Records featuring two-time Grammy winner Lauren Daigle.

“I’m excited to partner with 17LIVE to host our first-ever Palm Tree Records showcase and be able to live stream it to millions of people around the world while interacting with users of the platform.” – David Rishty, President of Palm Tree Records

CreateTheLab is a custom-tailored production studio in Los Angeles with multiple stages. The events will be invite-only with press, influencers, and artist teams in attendance in-person; with millions of viewers watching on LIVIT around the world.

Head of U.S. Operations for 17LIVE, Armin Collosi, says, “We are thrilled to launch the Live Lounge concert series with some of the most respected music artists in the industry. Our platform is quickly becoming a special place for talent of all levels to showcase their creativity, and we are proud to provide the platform where they can be their most authentic selves. With the return of live music, LIVIT has created a unique concert experience that will allow fans to interact in new ways with their favorite artists. We look forward to seeing all the amazing performances we have scheduled this summer.”

Powered by Taiwan-based 17LIVE, a leading global social entertainment company, LIVIT was launched in 2019 and has more than 45 million registered users across the globe. As the largest live streaming platform in Asia, LIVIT is expanding to multiple international markets. LIVIT plans for its North American operation to be a curated space where artists can collaborate, interact directly with fans and grow their careers. No matter who you are, or which corner of the world you reside in, you can connect with anyone through LIVIT’s media platform to showcase your talents and passions and realize your dreams. LIVIT is available for free download on iOS and Android.

About 17LIVE:

17LIVE operates the largest live streaming platform in Developed Asia. Anyone with a talent or a passion to share can be an artist and the Company’s mission is to empower artists and entertain the world through its platforms. The Company’s live interactive platforms include its flagship live entertainment streaming app 17LIVE, Meme Live and live streaming shopping platforms HandsUP and FBBuy. For more information about 17LIVE, please visit https://about.17.live/.

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HARD ROCK TRIO THE WARNING NEW SINGLE – EVOLVE

As they continue racking up fans, followers, and acclaim from the media and music icons alike, the Monterrey Mexico hard rock sister trio The Warning have emerged to unveil “EVOLVE,” their new single released via LAVA/Republic Records.

“We wrote ‘EVOLVE’ about humanity’s dangerous obsession with evolving,” the band said. “And how sometimes that evolution leads us to slowly leave our humanity behind. Is this dehumanizing evolution right or wrong?”

Produced by the legendary David Beneath (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin), “Evolve” is a musical journey led by Daniela Daniela “Dany” [guitar, lead vocals, piano], Paulina “Pau” [drums, vocals, piano], and Alejandra “Ale” Villarreal [bass, piano, backing vocals]. Dany’s vocals simmer with intensity, building tension before exploding into a chorus that unleashes the full force of the energy the sisters bring to every performance. With its signature changes and transformational truth-telling, “EVOLVE” is a track that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats throughout the entire sonic ride. The video, recorded with 16 iPhones and a drone, is a dangerous, fast-paced trip that visually amplifies the anxiety of “EVOLVE” in stunning fashion.

“EVOLVE” comes hot on the heels of the release of their Lava Records debut single, “CHOKE,” for which the band took part in a streamed event/interview with legendary rock tastemaker Matt Pinfield. “CHOKE” cracked over a million streams right out of the gate, drawing acclaim from Loudwire, Rolling Stone Mexico, and Billboard Argentina. Adding to the praise, Pau was called out by the band’s musical peers Olivia Rodrigo and WILLOW for her stunning drum covers of their songs “brutal” and “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” on TikTok.

Coming soon: the band has been tapped by Metallica for a cover of “Enter Sandman,” the track that first sent the trio into viral music stardom. The single will be featured on The Metallica Blacklist album, the 30-year anniversary reissue of Metallica’s iconic self-titled 5th album, also known as The Black Album. The reissue is set for release on September 10. In addition, fans will be able to catch The Warning on the road as they perform at the Welcome To Rockville Festival, open for the Foo Fighters in front of a 60,000-person crowd at Mexico City’s Foro Sol, and at a two-night sold-out run at the Troubadour in January 2022.

Stay tuned for more music and news to come as The Warning continues to surge to the forefront of hard rock!

Follow The Warning

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About The Warning

The Warning infuse rock music with a much-needed shot of adrenaline. The Monterrey, Mexico trio of sisters—Daniela “Dany” [guitar, lead vocals, piano], Paulina “Pau” [drums, vocals, piano], and Alejandra “Ale” Villarreal [bass, piano, backing vocals]—charge forward with head-spinning riffs, unpredictable rhythms, stadium-size beats, and skyscraping vocals. They stand out as the rare presence equally at home on network television and on stage at Heaven & Hell Festival. If anybody can usher rock’s comeback along, it’s these three ladies. After exploding online with one viral moment after another, The Warning parlayed this momentum into a series of independent releases, including Escape the Mind EP [2015], XXI Century Blood [2017], and Queen of the Murder Scene [2019]. They graced a stacked bill at Mother of All Rock Festival as the only Mexican band and opened up two sold out Monterrey shows for The Killers and for Def Leppard in Mexico City and Guadalajara. After quietly amassing over 120 million YouTube views and 10 million streams, they surge to the forefront of hard rock with a series of new music being released on LAVA Records in 2021.

About Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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BLXST LAUNCHES CURATED GUIDE TO LOS ANGELES

Now Available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

LINK: https://apple.co/BLXSTGUIDELA

Today, rising hip-hop artist and burgeoning West Coast icon Blxst launches his Guide to Los Angeles in Apple Maps. 

An immersive map personally curated by Blxst of his hometown, the Guide invites fans to experience Los Angeles through the eyes of the rapper, singer, and producer. Captured in stunning black and white images by renowned hip-hop photographer Travis Shinn – known for his portrait work as well as the iconic XXL Freshman covers, of which Blxst is a 2021 class member – the one-of-a-kind experience will guide users on a journey through some of Blxst’s favorite spots across the city. 

“Excited to give my fans a closer look at my favorite spots in LA with this new Guide in Apple Maps,” says Blxst. “These businesses, restaurants, and shops are a great way to see and enjoy the city from my perspective.”  

From local hidden haunts that defined his upbringing to must-visit independent and Black-owned businesses, Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles spans various neighborhoods while spotlighting restaurants, shops, and other essential stops, including:

  • Coolkicksla – an essential stop for streetwear enthusiasts in Fairfax District, sporting sneakers, clothing, and gear
  • Crossroads Kitchen – modern vegan dining in Beverly Grove crafted by acclaimed chef Tal Ronnen
  • Earle’s Restaurant – a must-try restaurant that has served hot dogs, burgers, and vegan alternatives to the Crenshaw community for over three decades
  • Enigma Tattoo – the first Black-owned tattoo shop in Beverly Hills, founded by Kat Tat of Black Ink Crew
  • Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area – an expansive state park located in the Baldwin Hills Mountains
  • Simply Wholesome – a Black-owned, family-operated health food store and restaurant located in Windsor Hills
  • Slauson Super Mall – a South Central staple and swap meet hosting a variety of vendors selling apparel, jewelry, and more
  • Westfield Culver City – formerly known as Fox Hills Mall, an outdoor shopping center located in Culver City that is home to stores, restaurants, and events

Further enhancing the experience, Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles will be accompanied by a striking outdoor and digital campaign, creating an audio and visual journey through the city as Blxst sees it.  

To experience Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, click here. Serving as a companion piece to the Guide, fans can also visit an interactive multi-media experience online where they will be immersed in ambient sounds of the city and hear Blxst tell stories about each location in his own words.

About Blxst

Blxst began his solo music career in Los Angeles in 2015, rapping, singing, writing, and producing. From self-editing his videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, he’s been on an unstoppable run, gaining notoriety for his productions and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, Mustard, G Perico, Mozzy, and Russ. 

Last year saw the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, No Love Lost, an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles. Paired with a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life, its quintessential West Coast vibe received acclaim from fans, press, and tastemakers, cited by Pigeons & Planes as “one of the best projects of 2020.”  

With more than 500 million streams across his catalogue, including the breakout single “Chosen” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga which has racked up over 95 million streams globally, Blxst has solidified his position as the next must-watch musician out of LA. Receiving praise from Billboard, BET, Complex, Pitchfork, and more, in 2021, Blxst was announced as an XXL Freshman Class member and an Amazon Breakthrough artist. This fall sees Blxst embarking on his first-ever North American headlining tour, which sold out in less than an hour. 

About Guides in Apple Maps

Guides are curated lists from trusted brands and partners that offer recommendations for the best places to eat, shop, and explore around the world. Apple Maps now feature thousands of Guides from brands like FatMap, The Infatuation, National Park Foundation, Thrillist, and more. New Guides are continuously published in Maps, and they automatically update when new places are added, ensuring users have the latest recommendations. 

Additionally, Apple users can save places to My Guides, create their own personal Guides, and share them with friends and family while planning a trip. 

To view Guides on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, just open the link on that device. Apple users can also discover Editor’s Picks or browse through all Guides publishers by tapping the search bar when they open the Maps app. 

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Smartphone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Smartphone Subscriptions

Smartphone Subscriptions Have More Than Doubled In 5 Years – 11% CAGR from 2016-2020

Smartphones have become abundant in today’s society, giving us the ability to control many aspects of our lives with just our fingertips.  Today’s smartphones act as a portal to our everyday needs and desires; from banking to shopping, from work to leisure, from hobbies to passions, our smartphone allows us to connect with the world more than ever before. According to data presented by BuyShares, smartphone subscriptions in 2020 has more doubled since 2015 to 6.1B units globally, growing at a CAGR of 10.54% in the 5-year period from 2016-2020.

Smartphone Subscriptions Have Doubled From 2015 to 2020 – 6.1B in 2020

The title of the very first smartphone belongs to the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) which was produced and launched by IBM in 1994. A few of the SPC’s main features still remain as staples of modern-day smartphones, but the SPC would be unrecognizable as a smartphone among today’s generation of devices.

The iPhone’s launch in 2007 is what many consider the first version of the smartphone as we know it today. It was the first phone to offer access to the internet in its entirety and not a scaled-down version of it. For the first time ever, you could browse the internet just like you would on your desktop computer or laptop.

Smartphones became mainstream soon after the iPhone’s launch and are now ubiquitous in today’s society.  Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson, estimates there to be 6.1B smartphone subscriptions in the world in 2020, over 101% more than 2015’s smartphone subscriptions. In the 5-year period from 2016-2020, smartphone subscriptions grew at a CAGR of 10.54%.

In the year that the first iPhone was released, it is estimated that 122M units of smartphones were sold to end-users. In 2018 that figure ballooned to a record 1.56B smartphones sold. 2019 posted similar numbers to 2018 but experienced a 10.5% YoY decrease in the pandemic ravaged year of 2020. The number of smartphones sold to end-users is projected to bounce back and increase by 11.4% YoY in 2021.

China Has the Most Smartphone Users with Almost 1 Billion

China has an estimated 912M smartphone user in 2020, the most in the world. China’s smartphone penetration rate in 2020 stood at 63.4% which is the 8th highest in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the most smartphone users, the USA had the highest penetration rate of 81.6%. 15 other countries from the top 20 list, posted smartphone penetration rates of above 50%.

As of 2020, Newszoo estimates that there are 3.6B smartphone users worldwide. The same estimates project smartphone users to rise by almost 20% by 2023 to 4.3B. The smartphone penetration rate globally in 2020, stood at 46.45% compared to just 33.5% in 2016.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information here.

video game illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 Magazine

GAME+ RAISES COMPETITIVE GAMING STAKES

Available on iOS and Google Play, Game+ provides a safe and secure marketplace for gamers to play for money 
Today, Game+, the app that enables skill-based head-to-head gaming competition for money, officially launched. Available now to download on iOS and Google Play, Game+ offers members a secure marketplace where they can create or accept gaming challenges for money and have their winnings automatically transferred to their account.

“Video games have always been a passion of mine, are surging in popularity, and are inextricably woven into the very fabric of our culture,” said Karim Sanford, Co-Founder and President of Game+. “We built Game+ to bring a secure, on-demand, competitive marketplace to the category that enables gamers to test each other’s skills for money while removing barriers to access any winnings.”

To use the Game+ platform, upon successful identification verification, gamers will create an account and receive a Game+ Discover® prepaid card that can be used everywhere Discover is accepted – at stores, online, or to get cash at ATMs nationwide.  Members who sign up can receive 5% cashback on purchases, subject to terms and conditions.

Once members’ accounts are set up, they will be able to use the app to send challenges to friends, choose from a library of over 50 games, select the gaming console or mobile device they want to compete on, and set the amount of money they want to put on the line for the game. The game is then played and the winner reports the results to the app, which automatically transfers funds to the winners’ account. Game+ members can participate in competitions across a variety of device formats including Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iPhone and Android.

In addition to facilitating competitive skill-based head-to-head challenges amongst friends, Game+ enables users to compete in challenges with the broader community for money. The platform currently supports dozens of popular games including FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Halo, Tekken, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., and Rocket League. Members will be able to join hubs for their favorite games and create challenges. In the same way they’d challenge a friend, their game will then be shared with the community, providing industry defining, on-demand competition.

Game+ solves two of the thorniest problems in facilitating gaming for money. First, it provides a bank-level financial backend that enables payments to move quickly and safely to winners’ accounts, without excessive delays or hidden fees. And just as importantly, Game+ ensures fairness by vetting all users much as a bank would, and by creating a dispute resolution system in which judges review evidence from disputed matches to determine the winner. Game+ is a clean, trusted community where members’ funds are safe and their matches are fairly decided.

The Game+ app is certified compliant with the age verification and geolocation mandate under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). The certification was completed earlier this year by a leading independent lab – establishing a new standard for legitimacy and trust in the space.

The Game+ app is available to download on iOS or Google Play (standard data rates may apply). You must be 18 years of age or older to create an account on Game+. Game+ is not available in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Tennessee.

iPhone illustration by Kaelen Felix

BodyGuardz CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree

BodyGuardz, a leader in device protection, today announced that it has been named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Portable 5-in-1 Emergency Hub. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 11-14, 2021.

The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.

“BodyGuardz was previously named a CES Innovation Award Honoree when we launched the market’s first tempered glass screen protector back in 2013, as well as our curved glass screen protector in 2018. We’re proud to be receiving that same recognition for a third time now as we venture into new ways of providing the best protection for a life worth living,” said Kirk Feller, CEO of BodyGuardz.

The 5-in-1 is BodyGuardz’s all-in-one smart emergency preparedness hub and weather alert system. It provides power, light, and notifications of potential events in a user’s area based on user-specified zip code in the free BodyGuardz mobile app. The product’s key features include:

  • Emergency Alerts – By connecting to local NOAA and other national weather alert services, users can receive critical warnings of localized environmental threats to the area both at home and on the road, even if power and cell towers are out.
  • Power Bank – Charges devices with a backup battery for emergency situations.
  • Panic Button – Sounds a 90-decibel siren and alerts loved ones that users are in an emergency situation.
  • Flashlight Functions as an always-charged flashlight with three high-powered light beams to illuminate your path during power outages and other emergencies.
  • Nightlight – Provides ambient lighting for the key area where the device is plugged in that automatically illuminates when power is cut off.

In September 2019, BodyGuardz announced its new smart home product line consisting of three portable smart home products, including the Portable 5-in-1 Emergency Hub. The products were developed to fill a specific gap in the smart home security market for renters and others who prefer portable, convenient peace of mind both at home and while on the go.

The CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation.

For more information on BodyGuardz, its new 5-in-1 Emergency Hub, or to purchase, visit www.bodyguardz.com.

About BodyGuardz
BodyGuardz is committed to offering top-quality products and services at competitive prices. The company prides itself on providing products, services, and delivery that customers notice as a step above the rest. BodyGuardz designs reliable protection for a life worth living that keeps up with today’s active lifestyles. Learn more by visiting www.bodyguardz.com.

About Parent Company BGZ Brands
BGZ brands’ mission is “to enhance our customers’ lifestyles through branded products and services of elevated value and quality.” Formerly known as BodyGuardz, BGZ brands has become the powerhouse parent company of three distinct consumer electronic accessory brands—BodyGuardz, a leading device protection company; Lander, expedition-inspired accessories for the explorer in all of us; and MOXYO, modern accessories for you. For more information, visit BGZ brands.

iPhone illustration by Kaelen Felix

Apple’s Newest Products

By Hannah DiPilato

On Tuesday, Apple introduced the newest iPhone as well as the HomePod mini. The new generation of products put an emphasis on the new 5G speed and the mini version of the iPhone 12.

The new iPhone 12 comes in models including the original iPhone 12 as well as Pro, Pro Max and Mini models. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini run on the less expensive side, while the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Max Pro are a bit more costly. 

The new iPhone is 11% thinner, 15% smaller and 16% lighter compared to the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 features a 6.1 inch super retina display and the iPhone 12 Mini’s super retina display is 5.4 inches. Both phones have 4x better drop resistance, which many iPhone users have complained about in the past, as well as having more splash and spill resistance. The two phones come in five different color finishes: blue, green, red, black, and white. 

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max only come in four finishes but have more features for the money. The two phones feature a 12-megapixel telephoto lens which the iPhone 12 and mini do not have. The Pro and Pro Max also feature a stainless steel body while the other phones have an aluminum and glass design. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also supposed to have the best battery life, with 12 hours of streaming. 

All of the phones feature a 5G speed which is useful for faster streaming and downloading. Apple designed the phone to have the most 5G bands of any phone, so that 5G is available in more places. The new phone design also allows many apps to use 5G without using too much battery life. However, when 5G isn’t needed, the phone automatically switches to LTE to save power. These speeds are meant to help provide better service in heavier populated areas, as well as allowing for better streaming and downloading of videos on cellular. 

The cameras of the phones feature better options for capturing memories at night. The Wide and Ultra Wide cameras have Night mode to bring in a higher level of detail and color. Apple also improved taking video in low light as well as Night mode Timelapse. This allows the camera of the iPhone 12 models to work at any time of day or night. 

Apple also released the HomePod mini, which starts at $99. It’s only 3.3 inches tall but features 360-degree audio that gives a booming sound for its size. If you buy multiple speakers they can connect around the house for an around the home sound system. Two speakers paired in the same room create left and right sound channels for an immersive sound. The speakers also use Siri to play any music or podcast you desire and it can recognize up to six voices. You can also intercom to other speakers around the house. 

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for pre-order on October 16 while the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max and HomePod mini are available for pre-order on November 6. For more information on the new product check out Apple’s website.

New mophie Chargers

mophie, a ZAGG Brands company and the No. 1 wireless charging pad brand in the U.S., revealed a new line of wireless charging solutions, available at Apple.com and Apple stores: the mophie 3-in-1 wireless charging stand; mophie 2-in-1 wireless charging stand; and the mophie powerstation® all-in one. Delivering fast and universal Qi® wireless charging, each solution features a built-in Apple Watch® magnetic charger and allows users to conveniently charge as many as four devices in one central location.

Quick and easy charging is expected nowadays, but the new wireless charging line from mophie goes beyond that, offering Apple customers three different one-stop-shop charging solutions that best fit on-the-go lifestyles,” said Charlie Quong, vice president of product, power at ZAGG Brands. “The 3-in-1 wireless charging stand and 2-in-1 wireless charging stand are designed to charge multiple devices at once after a long day’s use, while the powerstation all-in-one is for the non-stop consumer who needs compact and convenient charging throughout the day from any location.”

3-in-1 wireless charging stand
Featuring dedicated spots for each Apple device, the 3-in-1 wireless charging stand takes the guess work out of simultaneously charging your iPhone®, Apple Watch, and AirPods®. The sleek, acrylic-finish central charging hub delivers safe and efficient wireless charging on contact with up to 7.5W of power, and charges through iPhone cases up to 3mm thick. Additional features include:

  • Wireless stand optimized for iPhone – the easy-to-use stand can charge iPhone in portrait or landscape modes
  • Built-in Apple Watch charger  magnetic charger holds the watch at the ideal angle to take advantage of Nightstand mode
  • AirPods charging – a dedicated charging spot for AirPods Pro or AirPods with Wireless Charging Case ensures charging begins on contact, every time
  • Removable stands  Each part of the 3-in-1 wireless charging stand easily clips on and off for quick transport

2-in-1 wireless charging stand
The 2-in-1 wireless charging stand lets you charge up to three devices simultaneously and delivers up to 7.5W of power. Like the 3-in-1 wireless charging stand, the 2-in-1 wireless charging stand boasts a smooth, acrylic finish that looks polished on any tabletop and can charge through lightweight iPhone cases up to 3mm thick. Additional features include:

  • Wireless stand optimized for iPhone – the easy-to-use stand can charge the iPhone in portrait or landscape modes
  • Built-in Apple Watch charger  magnetic charger holds the watch at the ideal angle to take advantage of Nightstand mode
  • USB-A port – an extra USB-A port creates space to charge a device, such as AirPods with Charging Case, by wire
  • Removable stands  Each part of the 2-in-1 wireless charging stand easily clips on and off for quick transport

powerstation all-in-one
The powerstation all-in-one truly has it all: a wireless charging surface, an Apple Watch magnetic charger, a USB-A port, and an 18W USB-C PD port. Compatible with the latest Apple devices, the powerstation all-in-one contains an 8,000mAh battery that can charge up to four accessories at once with the push of a button. Users can recharge the powerstation via the USB-C®PD port (18W input/output), or charge iPhone via a USB-C-to-Lightning cable (sold separately), getting up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes. Featuring a matte-finish surface, the powerstation all-in-one is stylish, functional and small enough to fit in a backpack or purse. Additional features include:

  • Universal wireless charging – wireless charging works on contact and can deliver up to 5W to iPhone, AirPods, or AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case
  • Built-in Apple Watch magnetic charger – Charge your Apple Watch two ways! Charge it lying flat or flip up the magnetic watch charger to charge it in Nightstand Mode
  • LED power indicator – The integrated four-light LED power indicator displays the current battery life

Pricing & Availability:
The new mophie wireless charging line is available now exclusively on mophie.com, Apple.com and in Apple stores worldwide. Suggested retail prices are as follows: 3-in-1 wireless charging stand: $139.95; 2-in-1 wireless charging stand: $99.95; powerstation all-in-one: $139.95.

Photo curtesy of ZAGG Brands

Netflix – Cuties

By Cassandra Yany

One of Netflix’s newest films, Cuties, has garnered much attention and backlash since its Sep. 9 release on the streaming platform. The coming-of-age film depicts a young girl as she tries to navigate her life as a pre-teen growing up in a Muslim family living in Paris.

Many critics have spoken out against the film, which currently holds the no. 7 spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10,’ for its depiction of 11-year-old girls dancing and behaving in an indecent manner. According to the New York Times, the movie was first deemed controversial in the U.S. in August when Netflix released the promotional artwork. The original marketing for the film displayed an image of four young girls in skimpy dance costumes posing provocatively.

This, along with the trailer, prompted opposers to start petitions online and call for the removal of the film from Netflix’s catalog. Netflix apologized and changed the artwork for the film to a more innocent photo of the same four characters walking down the street with shopping bags, donning bras and underwear over their clothes.

Last week’s release of the film has sparked conversation once again amongst parents, politicians and others, causing #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter. Lina Nealon, the Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has spoken out against the film saying “While we commend Director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hypersexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point.” She called for Netflix to cut the “sexually-exploitive” scenes from the film, or remove the film from the platform altogether.

On Friday, Hawaii Rep. Tulse Gabbard tweeted, “@Netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children… Netflix you are now complicit.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz penned a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr Friday calling for the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the production and distribution of the film to “determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved in the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Cruz wrote that “the film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial nudity” falsely claiming that there’s a scene exposing a “minor’s bare breast.” The Associated Press reported that one of Cruz’s representatives, Lauren Aronson, said that the senator has not seen the film.

According to the Washington Times, some critics are even calling on the Obama’s— who have a production deal with Netflix— to take action against the film. Deadline stated that “The reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.”

Netflix told USA TODAY “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up— and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

Director Maïmouna Doucouré defends the film, saying that it works to shed light on these issues so they can be fixed. Cuties first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, where it won the Directing Jury Award for the dramatic film category. According to the New York Times, the movie did not stir up much conversation in France after its theatrical release (as Mignnonnes in French) in August.

Deadline reports that Doucouré did not see the promotional material prior to when it was circulated on the internet. She said that she received death threats as the outrage grew over these images. She told the news site that the film is not apologetic about the hypersexualization of children, but instead is her “…personal story as well as the story of many children who have to navigate between a liberal western culture and a conservative culture at home.”

Cuties was Doucouré’s feature directorial debut. Similar to the film’s main character, Amy, Doucouré is of Senegalese descent and grew up in a Muslim culture in Paris. In an interview at Sundance, she said she first had the idea for the movie after attending a neighborhood gathering in Paris where she saw a group of 11-year-old girls doing a stage performance of a “sensual” dance. She was shocked to see girls that age dance like that in short clothing. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she told the interviewer.

Doucouré researched for a year and a half, meeting with hundreds of pre-teens who told her their stories. She learned about their ideas of femininity, and how their self image is affected by the emphasis of social media in today’s society. According to IndieWire, the young actresses’ parents were on board with the project to spread awareness of the issue, and there was a psychologist working with the girls throughout filming who is still helping them throughout the release process.

The film is centered around Amy, an 11-year-old girl who has recently moved to a housing development in a poor suburb of Paris with her Senegalese, observant Muslim family. She looks out for her brothers, takes care of responsibilities around the house, and is in the process of being taught how to ‘be a woman’ by  her aunt.

One day after prayer, Amy walks by the laundry room and sees a girl her age dancing to music playing from her phone. In a subsequent scene, Amy is seen trying to straighten her hair with a clothing iron, burning part of it off as a result. 

Amy learns that her father, who is still in Senegal, has taken a second wife and will be coming to Paris soon to have the wedding. Her mother, Mariam, tries to hide her reaction to the news, but Amy sees her grow upset and take her frustrations out on herself. This is where Amy’s behavior begins to shift; she starts to reject her culture and identity, and instead tries to conform to fit in with the other girls at school. 

At school, Amy is teased for her clothes and lack of fashion sense, so she begins to wear her younger brother’s t-shirt to match the crop tops that her classmates wear. After seeing a group of girls her age dancing after school, Amy steals her cousin’s iPhone to learn how to dance, herself. She comes across their social media accounts and begins taking selfies, imitating what she sees on their profiles. 

Amy finds herself a spot in the girls’ friend group and dance troupe, and as a result, begins to neglect her responsibilities at home. Amy starts to show more self expression, wearing her hair natural rather than pulling it back. She also begins to explore the internet more, finding videos of almost-naked women dancing rather suggestively and moving their bodies in ways that an 11-year-old probably shouldn’t be watching. 

Taking what she found online, Amy practices dancing with her friends and teaches them how to twerk. This is where the movie begins to make viewers slightly uneasy. It was jarring to see these young, innocent girls tainted by this inappropriate content and doing dance moves that they didn’t understand the implications of. It appears that this was the intention of director Doucouré, as she stated in an interview with Netflix that the film is “…a mirror of today’s society; a mirror sometimes difficult to look into and accept but still so true.”

Some of the scenes, frankly, are very disturbing to watch. These include the girls dancing provocatively for two older male workers at a laser tag facility so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for sneaking in, as well as Amy beginning to undress for her cousin once he found she had stolen his iPhone in an attempt to smooth over the situation. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when Amy takes a picture of her genitals to post on her social media profile so that people at school would think she’s mature. While there was no nudity shown in this scene, the implied action was horrifying to watch. 

At the end of the film, Amy performs with her dance troupe at a local competition. Dressed in revealing outfits, they dance immodestly in front of a crowd of people who quickly seem unsettled. (This is the scene from which the original promotional photos were taken.) Toward the end of the song, Amy freezes as she begins to think about her mom, then runs off the stage crying. She goes home where she asks her mom not to attend her father’s wedding. Her mom continues to get ready for the event, but tells Amy that she doesn’t have to go.

Instead of going to the wedding, Amy steps outside and begins jumping rope. This scene depicts a mixture of her two identities: she is wearing jeans and a crop top with her hair down, but is surrounded by people of her culture dressed in traditional garments. After suppressing her family’s background for a majority of the movie, Amy is finally able to find the balance where her multiple cultures intersect in order to be her honest self. 

After watching Cuties, it is evident that it is not meant to promote this behavior among young girls, but instead provide commentary on what is happening today and warn the adults who see the movie. The harsh reality is that more pre-adolescents are exposed to this type of content than we think. Any child who has access to a smart device and social platforms have the potential to see a video not meant for them. Take TikTok for example: racy dances to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” as well as a recent trend where women make “thirst traps” to Beyoncé’s “Rocket” are some of the most popular videos on the app right now. Young TikTok users can easily see creators on their For You Page enjoying themselves while engaging in these trends, causing the young viewer to want to do the same.

When speaking to Deadline, Doucouré said, “What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object, the more followers and like she has— they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.” In a separate interview, she posed the question, “Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in our Western culture not another kind of oppression?”

Overall, Cuties shows the dangers of uncensored media for young children and displays how impressionable they can be. It also shows the journey of Amy’s self-discovery and learning how to blend her multiple cultures in order to shape her identity. Unfortunately, the risqué nature of the film overshadows the storyline and the message is lost for a number of audience members.

In various articles, Doucouré is quoted discussing the meaning of the film in the broad context of femininity and what it means for young girls to enter womanhood in this digital age. During her aforementioned interview with Netflix, she stated “The real question of Cuties is can we, as women, truly choose who we want to be, beyond the role models that are imposed upon us by society?”