Priorities First

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Modeling Update... So it wasn't even an audition...it was an interview! It is a recruiting company and they require training classes for 10 weeks ($1,500). To be honest, we don't have that kind of money or time for me to do this right now, especially since we're considering graduate schools for my husband, may be moving, and may be starting a family soon. Don't get me wrong...of course, I want to do it! But I know where my priorities lie....and I put family first.
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Wearing leopard print scarf ($7), thrifted boy's blazer ($3), Hanes tee (free), secondhand BDG jeans ($17), and MIA brogues ($43).

101 comments :

  1. You would be a great model! Things will work out in that department soon in a different way for you hopefully.. In a way that doesn't require YOU to pay.

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  2. Beautiful scarf!

    www.sonyasark.blogspot.com

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  3. how exciting it would b to b a model! too bad they r wanting u to pay that much to start out with. I understand being married myself how it's tricky to spend that kind of money on things like that. but it sounds like ur husband makes u happy and thats what is really important in life. : )

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  4. well, good for you. disappointing, but good for you. love the scarf!

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  5. I think I just might wear a version of this to work tomorrow

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  6. Love your scarf's bright color. I like how its tones kinda complement your couch.

    Sorry the interview didn't go the way you wanted.
    But I really think if you want to do it, it'll happen for you -- you'd be a fantastic model!

    - JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

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  7. modeling?! wow that would be fun, but that is very expensive. Your hair looks fabulous here btw. very chic.

    Wanderlusting Fool

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  8. i love your leopard printed scarf! your outfits are always so stylish and comfy!

    heyfancypants.blogspot.com

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  9. Sorry that the modeling thing didn't pan out smoothly-- but hopefully it'll all work out in the long run, yeah?

    On the plus side (my attempt at optimism!) I love this outfit-- leopard print=check, simple, classic look=check. It's a win-win! I may or may not steal a look like this...

    Oh! And thanks for thinking that I'm sorta funny. And I checked out dreamecho's blog, and I love her style! It's really flattering you'd remotely compare me to her. x)

    http://charmalade.blogspot.com

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  10. I hear you! That's been the story of my life too. I'm 5'1" and have gone to lots of casting calls and have always been in the call backs but can't fork out the cash. It's kind of frustrating, isn't it? Either way, even if you don't ever model professionally, I have no doubts your life will be filled with happy memories.

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  11. good for you!!
    it's always good to have an experience that will make you reevaluate your priorities; i've had one just recently.

    you would make a STUNNING model, though, and if you ever get another opportunity you should definitely jump on it. :))

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  12. Moving? Starting a family? Lots of wonderful and exciting things headed your way, hon!
    No worries love, you don't need the model title to be look fabulous in your clothes, proof is in the pudding right :) Love that scarf on you!

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  13. They definitely should be paying you Elaine! You would be a great model.

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  14. my husband and i have done modeling in utah and i can tell you, there is not a lot of money to be made here... because of that, agencies make most of their money by encouraging the models to take classes and pay for pricey portfolios/ first shoots and tell the models they will see a return in the investment from work to come... and the money return PLUS actually making money on top of that seldom happens... they tell everyone they need classes, even if you don't... my husband has shot with bruce weber, done abercrombie, been in spain cosmopolitan and vogue all before he moved to the u.s. and when he got here to utah for school and looked into modeling here, they tried to talk him into taking modeling classes as well... it's nothing personal, they just try to scam everyone... plus, there's to many good looking people in utah and not enough model jobs, it's kinda a scam most agencies have going on here, so beware... though you seem to have your priorities already straight... and probably don't even need the info...

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  15. Elaine, please listen to this advice.

    I modeled profesionally for 10 years and I can tell you that legitimate modeling agencies do not charge exorbitant fees to "make you a model." In fact, a real agency only makes money when you actually work, at which time they collect a percentage of what you make. Any company that tries to tell you differently is just after your money!

    These recruiting companies have been around for years and prey on the hopes of lovely young women, regardless of whether they actually have the necessary requirements to make it within the guidelines of current industry requirements. It makes me angry that they continue to prosper.

    You have a bright and loving future with your husband. Please do not fall for these con artists.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I will help you in any way that I can. My email address is posted on my website at styleartisan dot com.

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  16. Hey, thanks for comment :)
    I love your scarf! <3
    And whats about modeling..you are really pretty and look very kind person,and I saw many girls changing after modeling into a bad side..So I wish you just keep being yourself in whatever your gonna do!
    Goodluck!

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  17. That's a shame about the "interview" you had today. But you look fab, as usual. Love the unexpected pop of animal print! And if nothing else, blogging lets you be your own paparazzi and we are your fans.

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  18. You made the right decision. It did not make sense to pay so much for modeling in Utah. No offenses. We love your style and you have a long way! :) Good luck!!

    I love and respect the fact that you put your family first and are giving up on your dream to consider your spouse's grad school. Grad school is tough and I wish you good luck and patience!

    Stay warm and wish you the best ever! :) xoxo hon

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  19. 1500 is a lot of money! i think you would make a great model but not for an agency thats asking for money-its just weird and shady :/

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  20. i'm sure some day later on once you've settled down, the opportunity to model will come by. :) so hang in there, sweetie. and focus on the more important things! hehe.

    and btw, i love your outfit for the day. it's beautiful! everything i'd wear out, defo.

    aww, you should've celebrated CNY. :) it's much of fun. and heaps of eating too. it'll be a miracle if i didn't gain weight this festive season - too sinful. haha.

    have a sunshiney day, love!

    x

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  21. You are beautiful so just keep after your dreams! And I agree, you should not have to pay to model.

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  22. Aw, what a shame! :/ But you made a good decision, and I think something even better will come along for you soon! :) And you would make an absolutely gorgeous model!

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  23. hey girl, sorry i've been mia - exams and vacays have been consuming my life for a little while. awesomeawesomeawesome scarf ! i loveee. and that blazer is a great find, that reminds me .. i should prob make a stop at the thrift store this weekend !

    xx lue

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  24. I hope you get another opportunity to model - you'd be great!

    The leopard scarf is wonderful~

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  25. We all know you would make a wonderful model, but it's great to know that you have your priorities set and family is first. Family will forever be more important than stuff like modeling

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  26. great choice. i think it'd be wonderful to be a mom. nice scarf anyway!! )

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  27. It all sounds a bit scammy to me. But you've been given some excellent advice in the other comments so I'll shush now.

    Your priorities sounds perfect to me :)

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  28. lovve how the jeans fit! its perfect! and totally agree on your priorities plan it will be something that makes you truly happy at the end of the day :)

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  29. i LOVE your scarf!
    lovely look! ^^
    <3

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  30. the scarf is SUPERB !
    many thanks for the sweet comments .
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  31. Hello Honey,

    Can U borrow this leopard scarf? Yummy!

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  32. Hey! I'm back from china!
    This is such a lovely outfit, espesh the blazer.
    and thank you for your sweet comment!
    Panda xx

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  33. wow, those were a lot of "may be" ah?
    I love your brogues...I think I told you a hundred times...but still..I love them...

    have a nice weekend!!

    xxx

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  34. fab outfit! love simple but chic clothes:) leopard print is my favorite!
    xoxo

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  35. Nice nice nice nice outfit!!
    Love love.
    Kiss from Spain!

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  36. I'm really sorry it didn't turn out to be what you thought it would be! It sounds like you've made a good decision though.

    LOVE that scarf! It looks great with the classy black and white too.

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  37. You look so chic, love black blazers!!

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  38. You've made the right choice! Priorities first.
    I want that leopard scarf. ;)

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  39. You are the only gal out there who can make the fewest pieces of clothes look the chicest. I love that scarf.
    Sorry about the modeling - but I agree with the other ladies, things have a way of working themselves out for the better.

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  40. u look great! :)
    love the blazer combines with the leopard scarf :)

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  41. Such a great outfit - i love the scarf, and like a lot of other people have said here - you would make an amazing model.

    Lucie
    tasteslikevogue.blogspot.com
    x

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  42. You would make a great model, but I totally get not wanting to spend $1500 on classes (which I personally dont think you need)and putting it toward other MAJOR priorities first.

    I WANT WANT WANT your scarf!!!!! I must find one like it.

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  43. Elaine, i really appreciate you took your time to comment on my blog, and hey, i really like changing people´s minds...what is even more funny is that i am known to make fool of girls wearing animal printed scarfs, randomly cursing and blaming them for their lack of common fashion sense. And now, you just changed my mind on that subject!

    Honestly, you just blew my mind...i really love that animal printed scarf on you...it just looks great with your haircut, maybe it´s your facial expression or the fit of that jacket: but hell, that thing just made my day.

    Congrats on that outfit...i´m really stunned.

    spoozy

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  44. What a great scarf! I wore my leopard print wrap this week, too.

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  45. I really like that your photos tie in with what you wrote, with all the mementos in the background, and I love the scarf against the blues of your jeans!

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  46. Love the scarf! I have so many thrifted boys blazers... aren't they great?

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  47. I just really love that scarf, is it the one you said you got on ebay ages ago? it looks more yellow these days...hah

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  48. Have you visited a true blue modelling agency< You shouldn't require classes and any upfront money to be taken on by a reputable agency. Perhaps you already know that though and I'm simply being redundant! Just started reading your blog so I'm not sure how much you've looked into modelling.
    Send some of your pics to some agencies. That's your best bet. Your pics are gorgeous and you definitely have a great look.
    Good luck to you!

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  49. Eh, sounded kind of like a scam anyway. My friend did that. She took the classes and paid for professional head shots, but the company didn't do anything to get her jobs. It was all up to her to find jobs and then the company had to okay them. Not ideal.

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  50. You'd be an amazing model :) I love that vibrant scarf!

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  51. I think you were wise not to go with this, alarm bells always ring when you have to pay for such things.

    I love your outfit <3

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  52. hei dear thx for dropping by! :) i love your oufit. :D

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  53. hi Elaine

    i cant be the participant in your contest
    because i am not American i am an Indian

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  54. That scarf is amazing!

    My son was on the books of a modelling agency and they didn't charge although some companies wanted lots of money. It sounds like a scam to me. Have you thought of working as a tv/film extra? That might get you noticed, you have a model look!

    C
    xxx

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  55. That scarf is fantastic and it totally pops with that outfit!

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  56. I love your scarf! So awesome <3

    xoxo M.

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  57. I agree with everyone who says it sounds scammy. If any other line of work asked you to pay them $1500 before they hired you, you'd be like, "Say whaa?!" It's not like there's some modelling licensing board you have to pass.

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  58. Sorry about the modeling interview. Having to pay that much money sounds a bit crazy! I'm sure you will make it as a model one day! When the time is right, it will happen. :)

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  59. There are a lot of "may's" in your life right now, and it sounds like you have your head firmly planted on your shoulders knowing where your priorities lie. If and when it's meant to be He will find a way to make it possible. :)

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  60. I agree with Lisa completely. All the pieces in your outfit are straight forward, but the way you wear them is inspired.

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  61. Great scarf! Sorry the modeling wasn't what you thought...$1500 - wow.

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  62. i think you'd make a beautiful model and a wonderful mother! perhaps time will allow both! :)

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  63. First your a beautiful women with amazing personal style and I would love to see you work in fashion, but not as a model. I've alsways thougth why be the hanger when you can be editor or designer or stylist.

    If you do want to model submit your photos, just snapshots in fitted clothes, no make-up, head and full body to the top agencies but don't pay any money upfront, classes are just a con.

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  64. Your leopard print scarf instantly makes me think of Miroslava Duma - love it!! :)

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  65. You def have your priorities straight. LOVE the scarf!

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  66. that scarf! those shoes!
    loooovely lady, just lovely.

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  67. Bide your time. Family DOES come first and I'm a firm believer that good opportunities match up with the right timing at some point.

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  68. My sister does modeling, and she's told me that if you want to do modeling, don't go with people who ask for money right up front, (especially a lot of it.) Because that's all they want from you, your money. Look for a company that will pay for for modeling or has cheap training. :)

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  69. nice to see this scarf again! and at least you'll have a cool story to tell people. you would be a great model - and you still can someday!

    -Megan

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  70. You have beautiful facial structure, and would probably make an awesome model!! It sucks that alot of those places want to charge you a bunch of money to start! I do love this outfit on you though! You look awesome!

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  71. Thank you :) i love the scarf and I want oxfords like those ...are those very comfortable?

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  72. you are gorgeous, darling! like a few others have mentioned, i think i've heard that those agencies who charge big fees aren't too legitimate. hope something else fabulous comes your way and i think it's so amazing how you put family first anyway! xo

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  73. Cute as ever . . . you inspire me!

    Kristin

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  74. i love the leopard print with the simple black and white. phooey on them. you shouldn't have to pay to be a model.

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  75. you would be a wonderful, wonderful model!! you're so relaxed in front of the camera, and so photogenic and seriously GORGEOUS.
    i hope that the finances work out, but i know how tough that kind of thing can be!!
    and loving your leopard print scarf (naturally).

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  76. I love your scarf and think you would be a great model, but that is a lot of money and I've learned from Tyra on ANTM that you should never have to pay to be represented by a modeling agency.

    xoxo
    FashionEye

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  77. cute scarf!

    Missy
    For everything about fashion:
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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  78. I think you would make a great model, and hopefully a more feasible opportunity will come by.

    But I understand, my husband just finished grad school and it does take some sacrifices - that's exactly what marriage is about, deciding together what it's important for your life.

    ShopTOLive.ca

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  79. what a great scarf...love how an amazing accessory can make an outfit!

    btw i love that you have 1876 in your profile picture...i just finished reading it last month and loved it, along with everything Gore Vidal has written.
    xxoxo alison

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  80. don't agree to that!! tyra always says if they ask you for any money up front its a scam.

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  81. love the scarf and blazer! the blazer and scarf dress up the basic tee and jeans look. yea, with the economy in the state it's in, you have to be careful what you do with your money. and a lot of those modeling agencies are scams when they make you pay a lot.

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  82. I absolutely love this look! I really want a scarf like that one.


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  83. Such a shame about the modeling, I cant believe they wanted you to pay that type of money, you deffinately made the right choice.
    I love this leopard print scarf too!

    Rose

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  84. I've been tricked by those companies before. I once wanted to be an actress :), and like you, have decided where my priorities lie, and family comes first. You're so awesome Elaine! You'll be blessed beyond measure, and family is where true happiness and success lies anyway.

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  85. love the leopard scarf!! and the blazer,you're so lucky to get it on thrifted!! :)

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  86. This scarf really pulls everything together. Love it!

    http://fashion4economicallychallenged.blogspot.com/

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  87. It sounds like you made the right decision - asking you to pay up front for training sounds like a manor scam. It's better that you find out now!

    I love your scarf - it's so artfully draped!

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  88. love the family first attitude! even if modeling doesn't work out, you've got an amazing blogging community :)

    xo.
    princesspolitico.blogspot.com

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  89. Wow thats expensive! I'd do the same as you :) Cute outfit btw!

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  90. the scarf really makes the outfit

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  91. Gorgeous scarf! I also love the way you tied it!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  92. I'm glad your priorities are first.

    Pursuing modelling sounds like a fun thing, but honestly, coming from someone who's been in the industry, I'm not sure if it's for you.

    Models have to listen to the demands of the photographers, and I think with your standards of what you can and cannot wear, it'd be rather high maintenence for most photographers for you to be a model.

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  93. @Anonymous It's called values not being high maintenance.

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  94. I love your scarf!!! and your wall full of pictures is just like one I have at home! happy tuesday!!!

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  95. With 100 comments, i'm sure someone mentioned this. But as a former model, you NEVER NEVER NEVER pay someone to be a model. EVER. It's a scam. I'm not saying they wont give you a couple jobs, but nothing to cover your costs. NEVER pay.

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