Sunday, November 19, 2017

Miss World 2017 Winner Is Miss India Manushi Chhillar

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And the winner of the 2017 Miss World pageant is…Miss India Manushi Chhillar.

Stephanie Hill, Miss England, was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona was second runner up in the 67th Miss World contest. 

It’s believed that 126 women from all around the globe took part in the pageant which occurred in the Sanya, China. But only one lucky lady could walk away with the crown, which eventually went to a 20-year-old medical student from Haryana, India.

Stephanie Del Valle, the last year’s Miss World winner from Puerto Rico, presented the honor at the Sanya City Arena.  

The big win for Miss India comes after the country’s 17 year dry spell in the pageant. In 2000, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra won the crown.

The TV and film star took to Twitter to congratulate Chhillar, writing, “And we have a successor!Congratulations @ManushiChhillar on becoming #MissWorld2017. cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it. Bravo.”

Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title. Reita Faria was the first, claimingt the title back in 1966. Film star Aishwariya Rai Bachchan won in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Chopra in 2000.

During the final five question and answer section, Chhillar was asked which profession she believes deserved the highest salary.

According to Economic Times, she said, “I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”

She added, “All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary.”

We bet her mom liked that one!

Check out more moments from the 2017 World Pageant…

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Contestants perform in colorful ensembles at the final of the 67th Miss World Competition in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, Nov. 18, 2017.

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The contestants pose in glittering ensembles during the 67th Miss World contest final in Sanya.

Miss World, 2017, Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona


Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona walked on stage during the 67th Miss World contest in Sanya, on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Nov. 18, 2017. 

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The contest perform a dance routine during the competition.

Miss World, 2017, Miss India Manushi Chhilar

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Before being named Miss World 2017, Miss India takes the stage in a champagne-colored gown.

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The final five contestants hold hands before the big reveal in China. 

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Miss India’s name gets called during the competition.

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Standing next to Miss Kenya, Munushi can’t control her excitement.

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The final three contestants smile wide before the big announcement.

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The moment that Miss India, Manushi Chhillar, was named Miss World 2017.

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Match Your 2017 Ford GT With Autodromo’s New Chronograph Watch

Autodromo came up with no less than five derivates of the Ford GT Endurance Chronograph: Ford Racing Stripes, Le Mans Blue, Le Mans 2016 Dial, Heritage 67 Dial, and Heritage 66 Dial. As these names imply, each variant of the limited-edition watch has its own visual identity.

And in comparison to the 2017 Ford GT, which retails at $447,000 before the $3,750 destination and delivery, the Endurance Chronograph is a bit of a bargain at $695. Sized at 40 millimeters diameter, the design of the timepiece is a tribute to the realm of motorized myth and legend.

The first Autodromo wristwatch co-developed with an automaker, the Endurance Chronograph makes use of the Seiko VK mecha-quartz movement. What that means is, the movement provides quartz accuracy with mechanical feel. Purists call it a battery-powered compromise, but for what it’s worth, the set-it-and-forget-it characteristic is nothing to scoff at.

What’s more, Autodromo came up with an Endurance Chronograph called Owner’s Edition. And in comparison to the $695 models mentioned beforehand, this bad boy doesn’t have a price tag. Scheduled to go on sale in 2018, the Owner’s Edition is numbered to match the VIN of the car.

Even if you’re a mere mortal like me and you get the cheaper watch, the specialness is there, down to the box the watch is delivered in. To the point, the box features the Ford logo, two minimalist renditions of the GT40 and Le Mans-spec GT, and the outline of the Circuit de la Sarthe.

“The watches Bradley [Bradley Price, Autodromo’s product designer turned watchmaker] has created reflect the detailed design of the car. His attention to detail and designer’s understanding of the key visual elements of the Ford GT have created something spectacular. We are proud of this collaboration and of the watches we’ll bring to our customers,” said Christopher Svensson, Ford’s former North America design director and current global design director of SUVs, trucks, and commercial vehicles.

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The Pentagon Released Base-by-Base Data on Sexual Assault in the Military


The Pentagon just disclosed the number of sexual assault reports it received between October 2012 and September 2016, breaking the number down by military base for the first time ever. According to a report they released earlier this year, they received a total of 6,172 reports of sexual assault in the 2016 fiscal year, as reported in Reuters.

While the newest study emphasizes that the location where a report is made is not necessarily where the sexual assault occurred, there were a few bases with a notably high number of reports. In the 2016 fiscal year, Norfolk had 270, Fort Hood had 199, the Naval Base in San Diego had 187, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina had 169, Camp Pendleton in California had 157, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina had 146 reports. Outside the country, the U.S. bases in South Korea had a combined 211 reports.

It’s important to note that these are only the reported cases, though, because the Defense Department believes that fewer than a third of victims report. According to the their annual report published this May, amid the nude-photo scandal that rocked the Marine Corps, an estimated 14,900 members of the U.S. military experienced sexual assault in 2016.

10 Army Officers Who Work in Sex-Abuse Prevention Have Been Accused of Assault

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Chrissy Teigen Joins Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 With Fans’ Help

Just announced: Chrissy Teigen will not only take part in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but she will also close the show…according to Chrissy Teigen.

The model and Lip Sync Battle host joked on several social media accounts on Saturday that she is in China for the show and will be the last to walk the runway. Teigen, known for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit pics, has never appeared at the annual event and is not one of numerous models confirmed to participate at this year’s show, which takes place on Sunday U.S. time,

“Hey guys, I’m in Shanghai, getting ready for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show,” Teigen said in an Instagram Stories video posted on Saturday morning, the night after she cooked dinner for her husband John Legend and friends at home. “I’m nervous, but I think I’m gonna kill it.” 

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“Hey guys, here in Shanghai still, almost show time. I can’t believe I am here. I get to walk in Victoria’s Secret. It’s like a dream come true. Thanks for coming to supporting me in Shanghai!” Teigen said in a Snapchat video, pointing her phone at a shirtless Legend, who wore just a towel. “Closing the show, baby! Closing the show, baby!”

She joked on Instagram that she just squeezed in a last gym session for the show. She also showed a vase of flowers, joking, “Gisele Bündchen and Justin Bieber just sent me these to congratulate me on the show. All they’re doing is making me nervous, I’m so nervous.”

“@chrissyteigen’s troll level of the VS fashion show this morning is giving me life #mostlyabwork #VSFS2017,” tweeted a fan, @user marisaewitter.

Teigen retweeted her, writing, “No one is answering my phone calls or emails but I am here in Shanghai and ready for my fitting !!!!!!”

On Twitter, Teigen posted a pic of several Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 models in Shanghai that was shared on the company’s Instagram page, writing, “Can someone photoshop me into this?”

A few fans heeded the call. Teigen retweeted some photos.

One fan went the extra mile.

“DON’T ASK ME WHY, i just edited your face in all of them bc why not? KJHJKAHSJKHKJH K,” tweeted user @mileyisworth.

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Chevrolet To Auction Off First Corvette Carbon 65 Edition Coupe

General Motors and the George W. Bush Presidential Center go back a long way, and for the 2018 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, the two decided to sell the first production unit of the Corvette Carbon 65.
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Proceedings from the sale will go to the Military Service Initiative, whose main goal is to ensure that post-9/11 veterans make successful transitions to civilian life. The initiative’s focus is, as per the Bush Center, gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.

General Motors highlights more than 50,000 retirees are veterans and more than 6,000 veterans are now working for the automaker, which explains why the biggest of the Big Three in Detroit supports the cause. And the car, well, the Corvette 65 Carbon is cooler than a penguin on ice.

Offered as a $15,000 package on the Grand Sport 3LT ($76,190) and Z06 3LZ ($89,390), the 65 Carbon is made thoroughly special by the Ceramic Matrix Gray paintwork. Exclusive door graphics and fender stripes are also featured, as is blue stitching, Jet Black suede, and blue-painted brake calipers. A part of those 15,000 greenies goes into carbon fiber detailing, which is used in areas such as the steering wheel rim and rear spoiler.

Exclusive sill plates and Carbon Flash badges are also featured, complemented by special center caps and Competition Sport Seats. All in all, the Carbon 65 is a lot of car for the money, and whoever bids the most on the first-ever Carbon 65 Coupe will go home with a future classic.

The car in question, one of only 650 examples of the breed, is based on the Z06 Coupe. And to set it apart from the rest of the production run, VIN #1 wears the signature of George W. Bush on the steering wheel-mounted airbag cover. In fact, the former President got to drive the car a little while ago, as you will see in the following video.

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What Jake Gyllenhaal Looks Like as The Batman

To say Ben Affleck has been wishy-washy about returning as Bruce Wayne in DC’s The Batman would be an understatement. The ‘will he or won’t he’ parade of news has been unbearable, and on par with whether or not Daniel Craig would come back as James Bond. While doing press for Justice League, Affleck has admitted that he’s not committing himself to the role. And that he’s looking for a way out of the DCEU that is quick, painless, and drama-free. In recent days, we’ve learned that director Matt Reeves is already testing new Batmen. And at the top of his list is Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, we have an idea what that might look like.

Evergreen fan artist BossLogic has rendered a new piece that puts Gyllenhaal in the batsuit. He’s dark, brooding. But is he right for the role.? We’ll let you tale a look and decide for yourself. BossLogic had this to say about his latest masterpiece.

“Just a quick fix for now – Jake Batman, might add more to it.”

Perhaps there will be an update with Jake Gyllenhaal wearing the cowl. But that has always been a point of contention with every Batman actor. Just how much screen time does the famous face get out of the mask? Ben Affleck actually gets quite a bit in this weekend’s Justice League. And we can imagine Jake will demand the same. Interestingly enough George Clooney, once voted the sexiest man alive, spends more time in the mask than Michael Keaton or Val Kilmer.

At this moment in time, The Batman doesn’t have a set actor in place, as Ben Affleck has not agreed to return. While Jake Gyllenhaal might be Matt Reeves’ top choice, there are other actors in the running. Though there is no short list being flaunted just yet, so who else might be coming in is anyone’s guess.

The DCEU is in flux. Aquaman has wrapped. It will be the next DC movie to hit theaters, but doesn’t arrive until next December, giving fans a pretty big gap between movies. In an interesting turn of events, Shazam will be the movie that follows Aquaman. It was supposed to be The Flash movie which has evolved into Flashpoint. But while that movie is in pre-production, Warner Bros. is waiting to see how Justice League does, and they could still get pulled. Suicide Squad 2 seems like a sure thing, but even that movie is standing on thin ice.

If Ben Affleck does step down, there will be plenty of actors eager to take over the role of billionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter ego The Batman. If Affleck does step down, it will create an interesting paradox, as other DC movies movie forward. Will The Batman be connected to the DCEU? Perhaps not. Fans will just have to wait and see how this all pans out.

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Remembering Azzedine Alaia, A Generous Spirit Who Loved Designing For Women’s Bodies

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In 1999, the long-time fashion editor Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele urged me to go and meet Azzedine Alaia. I had recently joined the Times, and I got the sense from Carlyne’s tone that not only would I be in for a treat but that few journalists were visiting Alaia. One of the certainties of the fashion world—of any world, I guess—is that everyone has his moment and then the roar shifts to someone new. Fame lasts for no one, Ingrid Sischy observed at the end of a profile of Alaia, in 1994. That piece, called “The Outsider,” ran in The New Yorker and featured an Avedon photo of the supermodel Stephanie Seymour bending down bare-assed in a pair of Alaia chaps to plant a kiss on the diminutive designer, who looked startled.

By then, the fashion world had moved on to the minimalist Helmut Lang, as well as a new wave of British talent—Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano. He had legendary feuds with Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily and others. To be sure, Alaia still had his fans, but owing to a series of business and personal setbacks, in particular the death of his beloved sister, Alaia took longer and longer to deliver his clothes to stores. Indeed, they seldom arrived in season, and that was a problem for the increasingly corporate fashion business. One of the few retailers who would wait for his Alaia delivery was Gene Pressman of Barneys. As he told Sischy, “When it arrives, I’ll take it, because he doesn’t make mistakes. He makes classics.”

So, for the first time in my career, I went to see Alaia in his studio in the Marais. Housed in a former warehouse of the BHV department store, the studio was directly above the Alaia store and below Alaia’s private apartment. There was, in addition to a warren of ateliers, a very large show space framed in elegant ironwork, and it was there that I saw one of Westwood’s early Paris shows. Alaia had loaned the space to his friend. But I had never seen an Alaia show. I had missed most of the 80s, when Alaia was dubbed the “king of cling” for his curvy dresses and sharp leathers, and every super in the world would fly in for his shows, which were never held at the same time as the rest of the collections. Unfortunately, I never worked for a newspaper that followed Alaia time, so I never saw Naomi Campbell or Veronica Webb or Stephanie strut down the runway, their clothes still warm from Alaia’s iron. He did everything himself and, as Gene said, he didn’t make mistakes.

Alaia, who came up to roughly my sternum, greeted me and led me up the winding back stairway with worn, uneven treads to a studio that basically looked like a cyclone had come through. There was stuff everywhere—racks of clothes, piles of boxes against the walls, rolls of fabric, things spread across tables and more jammed under them. Near a brick pillar, covered with photos of movie legends (clients, in some cases) and snapshots of models and their kids, was Alaia’s worktable, covered with scraps and patterns and pins. Next to it was a giant TV set, because he liked to keep it on as he worked late into the night, usually past two or three in the morning. Behind Alaia’s table was a wall-length mirror. It was in that narrow space, between the table and some boxes and usually a dress rack, that he conducted his first fittings on a house model, looking at her reflection and then back at the cloth that he was molding and pinning with his hands, a pair of girlishly pink glasses pushed up on his nose.

In other words, it was in that narrow, unimpressive space that some of the most original fashion of the late 20th and 21st centuries was created. Alaia loved designing for the female form, constructing his garments directly on the body. Very few designers do their own fittings, much less make their own patterns, but he did. From his first studio in Paris, on the Rue de Bellechasse, he made clothes for a growing group of devoted customers. He earned their trust in the way couturiers used to work. No armies of assistants, no hovering publicists, just an obsession with remaining alive to a woman’s body, the way she walked in the street.

Another thing that set Alaia apart was his love of technique. Like a scientist in a lab, he would experiment with a time-honored couture technique—ruching, say—until he was satisfied that he had explored it to its logical end. With the ruching (a process of gathering fabric into elegant, crinkly pleats), each phase of the effort produced fantastic results. He started with exquisitely simple dresses in silk crepe with perhaps four single channels of ruching. The next time I saw Alaia, he had more channels. Eventually he made a dress entirely of ruching. It was the craziest thing, almost a doll-size dress, except it stretched. Though he was known for his caterpillar dresses and sexy knits, he had a true gift for tailoring and cutting on the bias, which put him in the same class as Madeleine Vionnet and Cristobal Balenciaga. Whatever Alaia did, it looked modern—and beyond trends.

I didn’t stay long that first visit. Frankly, I was a little overwhelmed and my French was horribly inadequate. But I knew that everything I saw, the little man in the black Chinese pajamas, the clutter, the creak of the wooden floors, the cat napping on the table, the arrival of the wine, was utterly unique and would one day vanish. I wanted to write about it. I asked Alaia if I could come to his studio each time I was in Paris over the year and just sit and watch him work. He agreed.

He said, “My house is your house.”

I can only tell you that he kept his word, in the most profound sense. For the next 18 years his house was my house. And he extended that warmth and privilege to many, many people. And without fanfare or expectation. I think that spirit came directly from his own upbringing in Tunisia, the closeness of his family. In any case, he never lost it. He knew a shocking number of people. I remember attending a dinner in the show space for a prominent French political journalist, and gazing at the collection of writers and thinkers in the room, including Bernard-Henri Levy. They all knew Alaia and his boyfriend, the painter Christoph von Weyhe.

Last month, as the Paris collections were winding down, I went to a dinner in Azzedine’s kitchen, celebrated for its impromptu gatherings and delicious, homey food—often prepared by Azzedine himself. Carla Sozzani, his close friend and business collaborator, was there. So was the Milan publicist Emanuela Schmeidler, the stylist Joe McKenna, and the long-time Italian Vogue art director Luca Stoppini. I could remember other nights in the kitchen, with Naomi, or Kanye West, or Marc Newson, or Rei Kawakubo.

But that night in October was special, the gathering of a tribe. We laughed so hard, and Azzedine seemed very jolly. If he was in poor health, he did not show it. Around midnight, he walked me out to my car, through the half-dark shop, and asked when I would be returning to Paris. Maybe in January, I said. He told me to come and see him.

As we hugged, I said, “Of course, my friend.”

Azzedine Alaïa Dies at 77

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These Gigi Hadid-Loved Stuart Weitzman Mules Are Seriously Discounted

The good news just keeps getting better.

This week, we learned that after Gigi Hadid fell in love with Stuart Weitzman’s satin nude mules, she partnered with the brand to create her own: the Gigi Mules. Then, to make it even better, we stumbled upon a Nordstrom sale that includes the original pair for 40 percent off. So, if you can’t quite afford $500 for the Gigi design, you can opt for the next best thing: $238 for a Gigi-approved design.

We get why the model loves them. You can wear nudes flats with pretty much anything. You can go casual with a white top and jeans, or you can dress up the satin beauties with a light toned dress or ensemble (see: Gigi’s lace-accented outfit). Without the heel, they’re comfortable (a.k.a. the perfect work shoe). Yet, with the satin fabric, they chic.

Shop the sales for a pair that fits your budget. Check out the mules that are on sale now below! 

Mulearky Slide, Was $398.00, Now $238.80

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Maryam Flats, Was $387.00, Now $193.50 

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Varena Mule Slides, Was $395.00, Now $197.50 

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Pearls, Was $89.95, Now $49.98

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Drina Mule, Was $39.99, Now $29.98

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Jump Mule, Was $69.99, Now $64.98

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Marks Sequin Mules, Was $198, Now $99.00

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Women’s AAVA Mule, Was $49.99, Now $29.99

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Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001 Formula 1 Car Sells For $7.5 Million

The most successful Formula 1 driver in the history of the series, Michael Schumacher’s talent on the racetrack couldn’t shine through if it weren’t for a well-developed car. During his tenure at Ferrari, one of the most acclaimed cars the Maranello-based racing team designed was the F2001.
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The F2001 comes courtesy of technical director Ross Brawn, chassis designer Rory Byrne, and engine department director Paolo Martinelli. From its racing debut in Australia in 2001 until the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix, the iconic single-seater grabbed 26 podiums, claimed 10 victories, and started from pole position 13 times. It was the most dominant Formula 1 car of the period, at least until the bite-the-back-of-your-hand pretty F2002 launched in 2002.

Chassis 211 was raced by Michael Schumacher at the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix, where the seven-time world champion secured the first step of the podium. That very F2001 was estimated to sell for anything between $4 and $5.5 million, but as it happens, bidding got a lot wilder than RM Sotheby’s expected. In fact, the winning bidder paid a whopping $7.5 million for it!

This, in turn, made RM Sotheby’s label F2001 #211 as the most expensive modern F1 car. The auction house, however, didn’t offer any explanation on what “modern” actually means in this circumstance. In any case, $7.5 million is a lot of money. On the upside, chassis number 211 is equipped with a recently rebuilt 3.0-liter V10 engine that revs to 18,500 rpm and is ready to storm the racing circuit at a moment’s notice if the owner wishes so.

An undisclosed percentage of the winning bid will go to the Keep Fighting foundation, whose causes are road and head safety. Founded in 2016, the foundation’s other purpose is spreading the message to never give up.

On a related note, Schumacher has yet to recover from the unfortunate skiing accident that left the F1 legend with a brain injury. Wife Corinna Betsch released an official statement on November 14, which reads: “The decision to protect his privacy from the public has been taken in Michael’s interest.”

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Chris Christie Didn’t Fetch McDonald’s for Donald Trump

In June of 2016, after Donald Trump had bulldozed the crowded GOP primary field and Republicans were grappling with their ability to support a vulgar charlatan, Chris Christie wasted no time throwing his support behind the future president. The New Jersey governor became a regular at Trump’s public events in the summer of 2016, having “transformed himself into a sort of manservant,” as The New Yorker put it.

To illustrate that description, the magazine’s Ryan Lizza provided a short anecdote that went viral: Christie was, according to an anonymous Republican, once forced to make a McDonald’s run for Trump.

Unfortunately for us (fortunately for Christie), the story wasn’t true. In a long profile of Christie as he prepares to leave office, Politico’s Josh Dawsey includes a startling admission from ex–Trump aide Sam Nunberg.

Unfortunately for us (fortunately for Christie), the story wasn’t true. In a long profile of Christie as he prepares to leave office, Politico’s Josh Dawsey includes a startling admission from ex–Trump aide Sam Nunberg.

The other sad reality, for Christie at least? Even without this story of his time as Trump’s big burger-buying boy, there are still plenty of dumb things to rag on Christie about.

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