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Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals Secrets About Her—and Carrie’s!—Most Memorable Fashion Moments

Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals Secrets About Her—and Carrie’s!—Most Memorable Fashion Moments

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If you’re a Sex and the City or And Just Like That fan, you likely strongly associate Sarah Jessica Parker with Carrie Bradshaw—but don’t go confusing their personal styles. In a new video, the actor sat down with Vogue to revisit some of her and Carrie’s best looks, and she says the duo couldn’t be more different. “Carrie was a much more courageous dresser than I am,” Parker tells Vogue. “She has a much more fevered relationship with fashion, and much more indulgent. I’m much more of an observer.”
Since she burst onto the scene in the ’80s, Parker has made an impact on the red carpet. Back in 1987, she wore a vintage, sleek tuxedo to a Young Artists United party, along with other secondhand accessories. “I wore that peace necklace a lot. I still have it,” she says. “I shopped at thrift shops a lot, because it was a necessity.” At the 2000 Emmy Awards, we saw Parker adopt a more classic, Old Hollywood aesthetic by wearing a white Oscar de la Renta gown. “My favorite memory is himself,” says Parker of the late designer (who was also one of Carrie’s favorites). “He was always so invested, always cared, and took care of details. He also always smelled good.”
Parker’s life in looks wouldn’t be complete, however, without learning the backstory behind some of Carrie’s most iconic outfits too. The famed tutu she wore for the show’s intro in 1998, for instance, was not a one-of-one piece. “A lot of people claim they have the tutu,” says Parker. “Pat [Field] has one, Michael Patrick King has one, I have one. Filming that sequence probably required 5 or 6 of them.” She also reminisced on the giant bird she wore on her head for the 2008 film’s wedding scene, in which she also wore a structured Vivienne Westwood gown. “When I saw this bird, I thought the colors were so magnificent,” says Parker. “When I came to set [with it on], Michael was like, ‘Why is there a bird on your head?’”
As for more recent style hits from Parker? The star pointed to her many Vogue covers over the years, her latest one being in December 2021, shot by Dan Jackson. Turns out, it was a shoot that earned her some major cool-mom points. “I showed my daughters,” says Parker, “and both of them went, ‘You’re on the cover of Vogue?! That was very touching to me.”
Originally published in Vogue.com

9 Long Orange Dresses That Will Help You Channel Carrie Bradshaw’s Valentino Look in And Just Like That…

9 Long Orange Dresses That Will Help You Channel Carrie Bradshaw’s Valentino Look in And Just Like That…

You can tell just how impactful an outfit is these days by the number of internet searches it gets. Years after the creation of Google Images—owing to Jennifer Lopez’s iconic Versace jungle print dress—fashion searches continue to stand testament to an outfit’s acclaim with Carrie Bradshaw‘s look in the And Just Like That… finale. The episode, which aired on February 3, sees Sarah Jessica Parker’s character dressed in a voluminous orange Valentino gown, picked from the house’s spring 2019 couture collection. Within the next 24 hours, searches for “Valentino dresses” increased by 1,085% while those for “long orange dress” increased by 194%, according to Love the Sales, a fashion e-commerce aggregator.
Carrie Bradshaw in Valentino Spring 2019 couture. Photo: Courtesy of HBO Max
While this is not the only buzz-worthy fashion moment from the cult-favorite show, this dress in a rarely seen color—and the fact that it was worn for an important moment in the show—takes the cake. Mainly associated with summer and all things uplifting, the color is a guaranteed head-turner. In fact, the happy hue has made headlines quite a few times of late—namely when worn in the form of a short Carolina Herrrera dress by Zendaya, a Giambattista Valli one with a train by Bella Hadid, and a Benchellal blazer dress by Priyanka Chopra. And when paired with the right statement accessory (like Bradshaw’s fuchsia pink gloves), even the most low-key of orange dresses is bound to look remarkable.
Zendaya in Carolina Herrera. Photo: Instagram.com/zendaya
Above, shop our edit of the best long orange dresses to either cheer up your winter wardrobe, get ready for spring, or channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw.
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The Secret Stories Behind 10 of the Most Beautiful Outfits in And Just Like That…

The Secret Stories Behind 10 of the Most Beautiful Outfits in And Just Like That…

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The iconic Versace dress almost became a bedspread. Carrie wore a hidden tutu to Big’s funeral. And six identical outfits were purchased for the vomit scene.
And Just Like That…, the new Sex and the City series from HBO Max, has fans defending Steve and ogling Manhattan real estate like it’s 1999 all over again. And perhaps more important than the sex, the city, or the celebrity is the style. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) are older and wealthier. Their closets are bigger, and their hips more brittle. What would the gals wear 18 years after the original series’ final episode? Nancy Pelosi–esque monochrome coats? Tie-dyed sweatsuits? Eileen Fisher?
“Coming out of the pandemic and quarantine, I really didn’t want to see Charlotte drop off the kids at school in athleisure,” Molly Rogers, the costume designer for the series along with Danny Santiago, told Glamour. “The content of the show is very real. They’re dealing with marriages and deaths. I wanted the clothes to be as uplifting—give people eye candy like the original show always did. That incensed some people!”
Rogers could easily be a beloved character on And Just Like That…. She worked on Sex and the City since the original series’ early days, alongside original costume designer Patricia Field, whom Rogers also joined on The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty. Describing the AJLT costume department, Rogers said, “We had two things: ice cream and drinks.” A scene where Nixon’s outfit matched a tablecloth drove her “cuckoo-nuts.” And when AJLT showrunner Michael Patrick King nixed her idea for Carrie to wear a hat in the finale, Rogers wrote him a poem that begins, “Where is his body? They ask me.” (She jokes that she’s going to get revenge with a hat line called And Just Like Hat.)
Rogers broke down 10 of her favorite fashion looks from the series. The vintage gems, the Net-a-Porter finds, the custom Fendi, and a shoe that Sarah Jessica Parker nicknamed Phyllis. Read on for what Rogers calls, in a whisper, “hat drama.”

Carrie’s funeral outfit
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That was a beautiful vintage dress that Danny brought out of his archives, his warehouse in Miami, where he has things that he’s collected for 30 years. Lillie Rubin was the label inside that dress. It just had enough of that element of Carrie with the crinoline under it to be kind of a tutu, but still somber.
There’s that line of dialogue where she says she kind of dressed for Mr. Big. So it needed to have a little twist to it, which was the hat. That’s such a classic silhouette. We were going to do something really unusual to it—we had this old, distressed panel of flowers and we shoved them up under the dress in the front where the dress lace parts like a curtain. It was stunning. And then we read the script again and she says, “I said no flowers.” We were heartbroken.
Carrie’s “I love Central Park” sweatshirt
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Everybody loved that sweatshirt. I found it at Reformation. One Sunday morning I was having coffee and walked past the one on my block—they have really good vintage sweatshirts and really good prices. Not all of their stores have this little stash of vintage, but the one on my block in New York does.
S.J. cut the neck out of the sweatshirt, cut the sleeves where the ribbing is, and rolled them up. For me that outfit was classic Carrie. She has on a vintage dress that has sequined dragonflies or something on it. It has this train in the back so it’s very la-di-da.
The iconic Versace gown
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Do you remember when she goes home from the comedy club and sleeps at the apartment and doesn’t have a duvet so she pulls all these archived clothes out and puts them over her as a duvet? That was supposed to be that Versace gown that was used as a blanket. They moved up that scene and shot it in August. All of Europe is on vacation in August, and we couldn’t get anyone to get off the beach to go into the Versace archive in some warehouse far outside Milan. We told the producers, “We can’t get our hands on it.” So they said, “We’ll put it in the closet scene.”
Versace keeps it in their temperature-controlled space, and we just ask for it when we need it. It’s in a big crate—I think someone flew with it. Sarah Jessica does not want that dress on a hanger because it stretches out. You saw how she carried it in the scene like a dead body. And so we leave it on the floor. It’s like, “Oh! Don’t mind that couture in the corner—it’s just over there on a rug!”
Carrie’s day-out look
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Danny and I were both down at our homes in Miami Beach, and the producers gave us two weeks to prep. We were like, “Let’s go shopping.” What you do here in Florida is you get in your car and get on U.S. 1 and you go right up the coast to Palm Beach, which is where a lot of New Yorkers retire. You just drive your car up U.S. 1 and you go, “There’s a thrift store! There’s a vintage store!”
I found that dress in Palm Beach. I thought it was fab—that ombré color. And Sarah Jessica was like, “Let’s do a straw!” She looks so good in hats. We pulled those Miu Miu lizard shoes out of her archive. She ran to the stock market [in the original series] in those shoes, I think. Those were great—they were chunky and that dress was really thin and narrow, so it was kind of like wearing a slip.
The Fake Scene

I have not gotten to talk about this like I’ve wanted to. This was a fake scene that was supposed to throw people off the scent of what we were actually shooting that day. The code word for it was “The Black Event,” which was Mr. Big’s funeral. They wanted an outfit to throw off the paparazzi.

We had this black-and-white polka-dot Carolina Herrera vintage skirt with a classic Capezio leotard top, and we had this feathered hat, which I was insisting on because I knew the internet would go bonkers if she threw another bird on her head. S.J. was a little squeamish about doing it. People could not figure it out. They thought maybe they were renewing their vows. I was sad the outfit wasn’t in the show—it was one of my favorites.
Carrie’s clubbing outfit
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“This is one of my favorites—that dress was so beautiful on her. It’s a satin vintage cheongsam. One Saturday Danny and I decided to go to a warehouse that someone had invited us to—it was dusty, it was tough, we looked on every rack, and that’s where I think we found that dress. It had no label on it; I think it was $24. She was going to wear it without a jacket, and then it was 32 degrees outside in that nightclub exterior, and she was like, “I can’t make it.” We threw her rum raisin jacket from the movie that she wore when she met Aidan in that restaurant. We were using a lot of silk, oversized blazers on her. The pockets are deep—I love pockets, I can’t live without them. And you know, it looked slouchy and cool, and her teeth didn’t chatter.
The bag that she carried with that outfit was a Fendi bag that they especially made for her. They called us and said, “What color would you like?” We took the Pantone paint strips to S.J. and she said, “Let’s do like a raspberry fuchsia to really pop in the nighttime exterior.” It’s a nice custom piece. And that was the only time that she wore a long earring.
Carrie’s bodega tutu look
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It’s really classic Carrie to grab a crinoline, throw a sweater on top of it, and roll out the door. The funeral dress also has a crinoline under it, and she wears basically a tutu bedroom slipper when she’s coming home from the hospital and the hot bread guy is carrying her up the stoop—there’s a crinoline puff on her foot.
I think that’s a real marker for Carrie: “I’ve got something flouncy on, I feel good in that, it’s making me feel better at the funeral, or coming home from the hospital.” It’s a staple.
Carrie’s first-date outfit
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We had a meeting when we read that script and I instructed the shoppers: “She’s gonna vomit in this dress. Now go out in New York and find six of anything you can.” So they ran around town finding six jackets, six shoes, six purses! Because we were told it was gonna be really gruesome. I was in the office on Net-a-Porter and saw this Norma Kamali dress and knew it was body-conscious and perfect for going on a date. We got six of them. S.J. tried it on and she goes, “It’s just too long for me.” So we shortened it.
And it worked! We never used the other five. She never messed up the dress. They’re hanging in the storage. And the jackets. And the shoes. We actually only had one of the bags because I found it in Paris at the Paco Rabanne showroom; it was a snakeskin chainmail. The jacket was a white silk Max Mara jacket that was oversized. And the shoes, I want to say, were our go-to summer shoe, which was Aquazzura, these tiny little crystals of different colors. They just look great on her foot. In the night scene they just dazzled.
The “Adult Carrie” outfit
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That’s one of my favorites—the saturated colors of that turquoise and emerald? I don’t even think you can call that emerald; it’s such a mix of green. That was our tribute to Yves Saint Laurent. That blue blouse was a vintage YSL. The color block of that was incredible with that blue flower wallpaper in her apartment. That was grown-up Carrie, I thought. It was simple but strong, dramatic, and her hair was loose and wavy. Adult Carrie.”
Carrie’s at-home look

All that is vintage. You can’t tell, but that beautiful colored weird blue jacket she has on literally has rips and shreds in it because it’s so old. I was like, “Are you really going to wear that on television? It looked like an animal got into a fight with it!” And she was like, “Yeah, I think it really adds to its character.” S.J. likes to look at everything we bring in.
She doesn’t bypass anything. But there was just one instance—it was a vintage shoe, and on the inside of the foot it had the designer’s name which was Phyllis something. She and Danny were always trying to set Phyllis with an outfit; they loved it. It was a cute shoe, but we had that whole story about “Get me back into high heels.” I kept saying, “Don’t do it! Don’t do it! Don’t put Phyllis with that outfit!” And they kept saying, “We love Phyllis!” She wears it in one scene where Charlotte takes her to physical therapy. So she got to get it in. It needed to have its moment.
Originally published in Glamour.com

Carrie Bradshaw Just Brought Back One of Her Best Dresses From Sex and the City

Carrie Bradshaw Just Brought Back One of Her Best Dresses From Sex and the City

Carrie Bradshaw in her Atelier Versace gown in And Just Like That. Photo: Courtesy of HBO Max
Since And Just Like That hit the airwaves in December, fashion-lover Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) has been wearing outfits that are a mixture of the old and new. In some episodes she wears new pieces like a Carolina Herrera shirtdress; in others, she revives old classics that she first wore in her Sex and the City days, including her trusty blue Manolos and Fendi Baguette bags. In the latest episode, however, Carrie returned to one her best Sex and the City–era dresses of all time—you may recognize it from her disastrous trip to Paris in Season 6.
If you’re a diehard fan of the original show, you’ll remember that Carrie moves to Paris to be with her new artist lover, Aleksandr Petrovsky. (She ends up lonely, and Big comes to her rescue and returns her to her beloved New York). In the two-part series finale, she gets all glammed up for a night out with Petrovsky, wearing Atelier Versace’s Mille Feuille gown with an epic tulle skirt (it’s reportedly valued at $80,000). Only the boyfriend never shows up, and she ends up falling asleep in the glamorous creation in her bed.
In episode eight of And Just Like That, Carrie busts out the dazzling gown once again to show it to Seema Patel, her real-estate agent/friend. “Do you want to see something amazing? It is my pride and joy,” Carrie says. “I’ve only worn her twice. Once in Paris. And once here, just for fun. I sat at that window and ate a whole thing of Jiffy Pop.” While the gown seems to have never gotten her epic night-out, Carrie has clearly held onto her for sentimental value. Who can blame her? But she does say that eventually she’ll pass it down to Charlotte’s daughter Lily, who has been helping her with her clothing archiving. Lucky girl.
Originally published in Vogue.com

There’s a New “Carrie” Necklace–and It’s Heart-Shaped and Diamond-Studded

There’s a New “Carrie” Necklace–and It’s Heart-Shaped and Diamond-Studded

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex And The City
Whether you love it or hate it or have even yet to watch it, the new installment of Sex and the City is the most-talked-about thing on TV right now. And Just Like That features Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte in a new set of adventures in, where else, but the city that never sleeps.
The original Sex and the City was marked by its fair share of iconic outfits and fashion items, from tulle skirts to Mary-Janes, but perhaps there was none so iconic as Carrie’s necklace. As the story goes, the show’s stylist Patricia Field spotted cool kids at her downtown New York City store wearing scripted necklaces, and thought a custom one might work for Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on the show. It was rumored to cost under $100. And so, the Carrie necklace was born but unlike her Berger-era fascinator, it was an accessory choice questioned for good reason. Many were quick to point out that the Carrie necklace gave the script necklace a new connotation—the style became associated with an HBO show and its TV appearance muddied the cultural connections to Black, Latin, and Arabic communities. 2.0 Carrie wears a different, blingier necklace (new Carrie also seems to have a much bigger budget); meet the Marlo Laz Pave Spiked Heart Necklace, which makes an appearance in the And Just Like That trailer and in the first episode.
Marlo Laz Spiked Heart Necklace, $13,360
The style was released in 2017, designed by Marlo Laz founder Jesse Marlo Lazowski. It’s part of the Agape Collection, which is inspired by seven types of Greek love–from Philautia, which corresponds as self-love to Pragma, meaning committed love.
Hand-cast from 14-karat gold, a sunburst heart pendant surrounded by spiked diamonds hangs from a small but chunky chain. “The pavé diamonds represent strength, and the motif of rays of sunshine serves as a symbol for letting the light shine in, to remind us to always try to find the light in both good times and in bad,” explains Lazowski.

Since the necklace itself is made in New York City, and the store’s boutique is in the West Village, where Carrie’s OG townhouse still stands, it almost felt kismet that the necklace would make its way onto the show. When Lazowski and her team received the call from stylists Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago requesting the necklace, they were already extremely excited and hopeful. Lazowski found out the heart-shaped necklace debuted on Carrie when she was in Miami for Art Basel. Her phone was dead and when she turned it on, she had tons of messages from friends and family who had spotted the style on Carrie in the trailer.

The designer’s Squash Beads are also worn by Carrie in multiple scenes throughout And Just Like That. “I walk by Carrie’s brownstone almost every day on my walk from our store to pick up a coffee from Sant Ambroeus. Since we found out she was wearing the heart necklace in the show, it’s been a ‘pinch me’ moment every time I pass by,” adds Lazowski.

“Collectively, we’ve spent years watching, learning from, and feeling so deeply invested in Carrie’s experiences in many different types of love and relationships,” says Lazowski. “This necklace signifies all of these loves, but most importantly, self-love. It makes me think of one of my favorite Carrie Bradshaw lines, ‘The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.’”
Given that the heart has emerged as one of the most popular motifs in jewelry and accessories right now (from Gucci’s Aria heart clutch to Balenciaga and Isabel Marant’s earrings, and more), it makes sense that a bold heart necklace is primed to be one of the most ubiquitous accessories of late. Even more important, though, is the messaging behind it: “More and more women have begun purchasing hearts for themselves, as an emblem of self-love and empowerment–very much in the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw,” adds Lazowski. “I love to see how women have changed the narrative, reclaiming a symbol that was often a gift given by a significant other, and using it to honor themselves.”
Originally published on Vogue.com 
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Sarah Jessica Parker Channeled Carrie Bradshaw in Oscar De La Renta at the ‘And Just Like That’ Premiere

Sarah Jessica Parker Channeled Carrie Bradshaw in Oscar De La Renta at the ‘And Just Like That’ Premiere

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Getty
There’s been a lot of buzz around what the fashion will look like on new Sex & The City reboot, And Just Like That, which premieres on HBO soon. It’s no wonder why: Carrie Bradshaw—portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker—is one of television’s most notable fashion icons, thanks to her closet of impeccable designer dresses and Manolo Blahnik heels. Sure, we’ve already gotten several glimpses at what Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda are going to wear in 2021, but it’s still one of the year’s most anticipated shows for the outfits alone!
Photo: Alyssa Arminio
It’s only fitting, then, that for the series’s big premiere in New York City, Parker pulled out a major style moment herself. On the red carpet, the star chose to pay tribute to her well-dressed character by choosing to wear one of her and Carrie’s favorite designers, Oscar de la Renta. (Remember the Oscar wedding dress Carrie tried on in the Sex & the City movie? An unforgettable moment, if you ask us.)
Photo: Alyssa Arminio
Parker nodded to Carrie by choosing an Oscar evening dress that had a classic, uptown-worthy feel. The custom dress and cape was designed by Oscar’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, and featured a sweetheart neckline, beading throughout, and a full tulle skirt that’s meant for twirling (a clever nod to the opening credits of the original show, in which Carrie twirls around in a now-infamous ballerina skirt). Parker then accessorized the refined look—which was styled by Molly Rogers—with custom SJP Collection heels, titled the “Duchessa,” in a pretty rose satin. The look wouldn’t be complete without a stiletto—it is after all another Carrie signature.
Parker with her cat, Gemmy. Photo: Alyssa Arminio
For finishing touches, Parker carried a bag by Erdem and wore sparkling jewelry from Fred Leighton, Larkspur and Hawk, and vintage costume jewelry. Overall, it was the perfect modern take on what Carrie would wear to a big movie premiere today—something that mimics the fresh, current lens that And Just Like That’s costumers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago have been infusing into the show. (So far, Carrie’s new looks have included the classics—like this viral Norma Kamali dress—and brand-new pieces, like a Gucci x Balenciaga bag that’s hot off the runway.) If the rest of the series’ fashion is as good as Parker’s look tonight, though, we may have just officially found our new favorite show.
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Originally published on Vogue.com

Sarah Jessica Parker Has Found a New “Carrie Dress”

Sarah Jessica Parker Has Found a New “Carrie Dress”

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There are endless outfits from the original Sex and the City series that fans have committed to memory, but there’s one particular dress that stands out. The body-sculpting LBD (more charcoal than black, to be specific) that Carrie Bradshaw – aka Sarah Jessica Parker – wears in season two, episode 15 is nothing short of iconic. Together with her breezy persona and knack for chic accessories – she wears towering heels, shades and carries a vintage Gucci bag – the seemingly simple dress has become one of the greatest SATC looks of all time.
Glimpses of the new installment And Just Like That – which is currently being filmed in New York City – suggest that there’s another potential “Carrie dress” in the works. Unlike her hero ’90s LBD, her 2021 style comes in an elegant powder-blue shade.
The dress (US $215 from Norma Kamali) is slightly longer, too: the hemline is just below the knee, whereas the original was a daring thigh-skimming mini. The update features the same ruched finish, but instead of a high neck it has a draped one-shoulder.
Behind-the-scenes shots showed the actor with her co-star Jon Tenney outside the glamorous Au Cheval restaurant in downtown Manhattan. SJP gave the LBD (little blue dress) a grown-up, modern spin with a cream longline blazer and sparkly sandals, with her hair slicked back into a tight bun.
So far, there’s been a mixed bag of opinions regarding the new series – not only for the fact that Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is absent from the reboot. Carrie’s 2021 wardrobe has been at the centre of online debates: the image of her wearing a dress from Forever 21 was declared a “scandal,” while others have argued that Carrie hasn’t aged as fashionably as they’d hoped.
“Just because you have aged (haven’t we all?), it does not mean you need to abandon your true self,” said British Vogue’s fashion news director Olivia Singer. She even went so far as to compile a shoppable edit of the outfits that Carrie – and her friends – should be wearing: Manolos, Molly Goddard tulle dresses and vintage Fendi Baguettes included. We’re holding out for her famed John Galliano newspaper dress to make an appearance. Come on Carrie.
Norma Kamali Diana one-shoulder ruched stretch-jersey dress. Net-a-Porter.com
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Originally published on Vogue.com

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