The Atlas of Beauty
Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the globe and shows that beauty is everywhere, regardless of money, race or social status, and comes in many different sizes and colours. Mihaela's portraits feature women in their native environments, from the Amazon rain forest to markets in India, London city streets and parks in Harlem, creating a mirror of our varied cultures and proving that beauty has no rules.'Stunning . . . aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women's fashion magazine industry' Independent'A startling and revealing project' Daily Mail'Scrolling through "The Atlas of Beauty", beauty becomes not a universal standard, but a complicated tapestry' Huffington Post

The Atlas of Beauty Details

TitleThe Atlas of Beauty
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
ISBN-139781846149412
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Art, Photography, Travel

The Atlas of Beauty Review

  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning....beautiful....lovely....fabulous....women of all ages from around the world.....are glowing with beauty in these photos. This gorgeous book is a diverse collection of women- with tidbit stories from photographer Mihaela Noroc about their passions, interests, homes, concerns & challenges, philosophies, relationships, their own travels, their accomplishments, their studies, their villages and communities, their religions, their thoughts about strength— self defense - harassment- vio Stunning....beautiful....lovely....fabulous....women of all ages from around the world.....are glowing with beauty in these photos. This gorgeous book is a diverse collection of women- with tidbit stories from photographer Mihaela Noroc about their passions, interests, homes, concerns & challenges, philosophies, relationships, their own travels, their accomplishments, their studies, their villages and communities, their religions, their thoughts about strength— self defense - harassment- violence and the confidence gained through education and sisterhood... etc. I bought this book for our Guest Room book shelf. I had been looking for a new book to replace “Humans of New York”.... I felt it was time to retire that book from the room. I rotate books for our guests. When looking through a book of photos that’s truly inspiring- resting quietly - there is just something so peaceful —and no words quite match the experience. This is that type of book.I hope our guests enjoy it. I sure did/do. It goes without saying that this makes a nice gift book for a special person —-one of those people might even be yourself.
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc’s colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today.I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the women featured in here. They bring dignity, strength, and inner beauty that shines from page to page. From each of them I learned or was reminded of something new, whether that be tolerance, kindness, resilience, natural and authentic beauty, serenity, strength, and generosity. Plus, the vibrant and colorful photographs really brought something new to the table. However, as captivating as the images were, I feel like the words that accompanied them, save for a few, failed to move me. In comparison to the collections I mentioned at the start of my review, it was difficult to ignore how bland the text is. I wanted to see what lies beneath the surface, to feel like we’re getting to know the person in front of us... But again, save for a few, I rarely encountered said emotion in this collection. Also: I'm low-key sad that the cover picture wasn't included in here.On a brighter note, I'd love to share the photographs of the enthralling women that captivated me:Pokhara, Nepal:Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:New York, USA:Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan:Tehran, Iran:Nampan, Myanmar:Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador:I was truly surprised to see Eden Saban in the above, since she's quite well-known in Israel, thanks to being on the last season of Big Brother. So now I'm quite eager to find out if the author randomly stumbled upon her and asked for a picture, or if they set this up....On that bitter-sweet note, the sharp women and girls featured in The Atlas of Beauty have made a new fan out of me. I'm definitely interested in keeping up with Mihaela Noroc's photography works next in the making. Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Atlas of Beauty, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission! Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning. Gorgeous. Simply beautiful. Words cannot describe the beauty of all the women in the pages of this album; even more their stories. I savored every page and not once I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I follow Mihaela’s project on Facebook for some time now. I love her dedication and I cannot but admire the determination in pursuing her dream. Many of the women in her album also share the same tenacity. They are truly an inspiration. You cannot look at the pictures without Stunning. Gorgeous. Simply beautiful. Words cannot describe the beauty of all the women in the pages of this album; even more their stories. I savored every page and not once I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I follow Mihaela’s project on Facebook for some time now. I love her dedication and I cannot but admire the determination in pursuing her dream. Many of the women in her album also share the same tenacity. They are truly an inspiration. You cannot look at the pictures without emotion. Each and every one tells a story, whether in words or expressions. Age, color, religion, profession does not matter here; beauty does not have such boundaries. Take a look at her pictures and let yourself be carried away in one of the most inspiring journeys ever taken:https://www.instagram.com/the.atlas.o...And here is a interview on what this project means: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment...Enjoy!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    The Atlas of BeautyWomen of the World in 500 portraitsMihaela NorocMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐PUBLISHER Ten Speed PressPUBLISHED September 26, 2017A gorgeous book with a message for us all—beauty is about what’s on the inside, and can teach us tolerance, honesty and kindness. SUMMARYPhotographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera since 2013. She has been taking photos of every day women from over 50 countries to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Bea The Atlas of BeautyWomen of the World in 500 portraitsMihaela NorocMY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️PUBLISHER Ten Speed PressPUBLISHED September 26, 2017A gorgeous book with a message for us all—beauty is about what’s on the inside, and can teach us tolerance, honesty and kindness. SUMMARYPhotographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera since 2013. She has been taking photos of every day women from over 50 countries to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty celebrates women from all corners of the world, and shows the beauty is everywhere regardless of money, race or social status. She has traveled to the Amazon rainforest and the markets in India, London city streets, and the mountains of Afghanistan. These portraits and stories capture just a glimpse into the daily experience of women, the obstacles that hold them back, and the dreams that propel them forward. Ultimately they show that compassion and love can prevail—and beauty, and all of its complexities reigns supreme. — Mihaela NorocREVIEWThis book is a must see! The photographs are astounding and the message is compelling. Mihaela Noroc’s definition of beauty is about just being yourself, natural and authentic. It’s about letting people see what’s on the inside. Her hope is that beauty can teach us tolerance, honesty and kindness. The expressions that she captures are warm and inviting, and the eyes of these women tell us everything we need to know. Noroc should be honored for her efforts in this project. I considered myself blessed to have received this book as a gift and feasted my eyes upon these touching pictures.
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  • Mariℓina
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails.The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails.The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the world.Mihaela Noroc succeeds in conveying the message she needs to in every photo and captivating the reader's mind in a very organic and wholesome way. I had been blown away by the sheer beauty of this book and I recommend it to everyone without a single doubt. Women of any color, size and origin are presented respectfully in a book that celebrates womanhood, diversity and acceptance. I found some of the stories heartbreaking and others very sweet but the undertone was too powerful not to hear it loud and clear: Hope, strength and unity.Yes, I fell in love with this gem and proudly so!THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK - 50 Countries,- 500 Photos,- From London to Brazil... From Greece to India...- In the making since 2013- I want to congratulate the photographer for her work and for putting herself through a variety of difficulties and calamities in order to gather this incredible photo collection from around the world.ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Elizabeth A
    January 1, 1970
    Movies and magazines would have you think that there is only one standard of beauty for women, namely skinny and white. Since the majority of the women on this planet do not meet this standard, why does this model continue to to sell? Add that to the long list of things I don't understand. This book is a photo essay of sorts. It's a collection of photographs of women from various parts of the world, and it made me smile. Homo Sapiens is one species and a single race, but oh the diverse ways we a Movies and magazines would have you think that there is only one standard of beauty for women, namely skinny and white. Since the majority of the women on this planet do not meet this standard, why does this model continue to to sell? Add that to the long list of things I don't understand. This book is a photo essay of sorts. It's a collection of photographs of women from various parts of the world, and it made me smile. Homo Sapiens is one species and a single race, but oh the diverse ways we adapted to our environs is indeed a thing of beauty. I had not heard about the popular blog that this collection draws from and plan to take a look see. My only complaint is that while many of the photos are luminous, the text is subpar at best. Nature is beautiful, and this book is a wonderful meditation on just that.
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  • Bloodorange
    January 1, 1970
    It is definitely true that people love looking at other people's faces. I found this book, opened it and could not leave it in a bookstore - finally bought it for my little daughter; it is a great resource to teach about diversity and women's lives in different parts of the world, although some of the descriptions need to be bowdlerized for the youngest.
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  • Melania 🍒
    January 1, 1970
    Stunningly beautiful and very important . I’ve known about this project for a while, from Facebook. I was happy to find that Mihaela is Romanian, I was so proud of her . I think it takes a big chunk of courage to leave everything behind and step into the unknown with no such thing as a safety net. The idea of the project is fantastic. In these days, especially , we need this kind of empowerment and diversity , we need books that will break the barrier between cultures . We need stories that remi Stunningly beautiful and very important . I’ve known about this project for a while, from Facebook. I was happy to find that Mihaela is Romanian, I was so proud of her . I think it takes a big chunk of courage to leave everything behind and step into the unknown with no such thing as a safety net. The idea of the project is fantastic. In these days, especially , we need this kind of empowerment and diversity , we need books that will break the barrier between cultures . We need stories that remind us that we all in this together and that women have important things to say. And the photographs themselves are very beautiful. Knowing she only worked with natural light makes me love her art even moreFrankly , I believe that Mihaela is doing the best thing she could do with her life and her talent . And I’m so happy for her.
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  • Bader
    January 1, 1970
    One of the good deeds.
  • Andreea In Bookland
    January 1, 1970
    “I would love to see your book. But I don’t know if I will be still alive when it will be published!”I have to admit this made me lose some tears when I read the book. I’m speechless! It’s a very beautiful, gorgeous and amazing book! It makes me proud to be a woman! It’s the first book that I’ve read this year (2018) and I’m glad I started with this one...it was an amazing experience! I am thankful I had the honor to read this book and It will definitely be one of my favorite books! Hands down.. “I would love to see your book. But I don’t know if I will be still alive when it will be published!”I have to admit this made me lose some tears when I read the book. I’m speechless! It’s a very beautiful, gorgeous and amazing book! It makes me proud to be a woman! It’s the first book that I’ve read this year (2018) and I’m glad I started with this one...it was an amazing experience! I am thankful I had the honor to read this book and It will definitely be one of my favorite books! Hands down.....a book that deserves a very big WOW!
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    This was so lovely. It's really nice hearing stories from women all across the world. I would have liked the text to be a bit longer - some pictures didn't have any information about the woman, and I found I wanted to know more about them, Humans of New York style! - but it's a really lovely diverse collection.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I hate having to give this two stars but I find the title and description a bit misleading. There are tons of beautiful photographs and stories from many different countries which really makes this book special. But after a while I realized that except for one photo from LA all the USA photos was only from New York. I am curious about why she chose to focus only on that city unless her travels didn't include the other states. There are pages that are collages and a few are listed in the back as I hate having to give this two stars but I find the title and description a bit misleading. There are tons of beautiful photographs and stories from many different countries which really makes this book special. But after a while I realized that except for one photo from LA all the USA photos was only from New York. I am curious about why she chose to focus only on that city unless her travels didn't include the other states. There are pages that are collages and a few are listed in the back as being from the USA but with no town listed but probably New York as well. This is a wonderful project and I hope that the author continues portraying the beauty found in women around the globe. I just hope future books which I look forward to include more diversity.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful photographs and a neat idea, but it could have been pushed much further. I would have loved this book had it worked from a broader definition of beauty. So many thin women, mostly cis, not much queerness. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and obviously the photographer can choose to photograph whom she thinks is beautiful, but I think her message of finding hope and common ground across distance, difference, and experience would have been much more impactful had t Beautiful photographs and a neat idea, but it could have been pushed much further. I would have loved this book had it worked from a broader definition of beauty. So many thin women, mostly cis, not much queerness. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and obviously the photographer can choose to photograph whom she thinks is beautiful, but I think her message of finding hope and common ground across distance, difference, and experience would have been much more impactful had the focus shifted away from conventional beauty.
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  • Rural Soul
    January 1, 1970
    I feel myself lucky to have such an amazing book. 500 most beautiful women who dignified the beauty itself. By staring at them, I could only brood over divine beauty of creator God.I consider myself among those, who are always questioning behaviour of fellows when it comes to word beauty. Everyone has his own sense and scale of beauty. This rolly-polly, innocent looking woman has defined it like that, When I say “beauty,” I mean more than the beauty that we often see today, which is usually abo I feel myself lucky to have such an amazing book. 500 most beautiful women who dignified the beauty itself. By staring at them, I could only brood over divine beauty of creator God.I consider myself among those, who are always questioning behaviour of fellows when it comes to word beauty. Everyone has his own sense and scale of beauty. This rolly-polly, innocent looking woman has defined it like that, When I say “beauty,” I mean more than the beauty that we often see today, which is usually about sexual attractiveness, in the service of selling something. If you put the words “beautiful woman” into Google, you’ll see mostly images of seductive women: mouths pouting or lips parted; hands pushing their hair into a bed-head tangle; not many clothes at all. But in this book you will see that beauty means much more. There are so many faces in the book who actually, not literally took my breath away but this special woman ended being my pc desktop picture.I love to see her staring out of computer screen every time I turn on my computer.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book full of portraits of women from around the world. My favorite part is how the author has made notable effort in destroying the Eurocentric beauty standards that plague the world today, and how the author does it in a way that is respectful of women of color/non European cultures, instead of just race fetishizing. I love that part!!!
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    By seeing the photos and reading the stories of these amazing women from around the world, I feel connected to them, and inspired. I preordered The Atlas Of Beauty as soon as it was available, and when it finally arrived it was exactly what I had hoped it would be.
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  • Valerity (Val)
    January 1, 1970
    This book comes from the author's online photography project, a glorious collection showing portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, with captions that help share their personal stories. Although this is my first photography book review, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the women's pictures and reading the captions telling about their lives. I love the diversity and strength and hope for the future shown on all of its pages. Check it out if you get a chance. It expresses how beauty This book comes from the author's online photography project, a glorious collection showing portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, with captions that help share their personal stories. Although this is my first photography book review, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the women's pictures and reading the captions telling about their lives. I love the diversity and strength and hope for the future shown on all of its pages. Check it out if you get a chance. It expresses how beauty comes in every age, shape, and shade. I was given an ARC by NetGalley, and the publisher for review.
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  • Katharine Coggeshall
    January 1, 1970
    This is a quick, visual read that I really enjoyed. The photography is a feast for the eyes and the concept is creative and unique. Pictures of women from around the world, in their natural environments, are layered throughout the book. Noroc does an amazing job of finding the inner beauty in each woman and culture. She offers some information about each woman, including their country. I really enjoyed Noroc's layout and photo juxtaposition; it's quite thought provoking.
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  • Christy Childers
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous! I love this book.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. I applaud the photographer for only using natural light to light her subjects. Personally I favor natural lighting over using a bunch of heavy equipment and also because of flexibility. Also, natural lighting was the perfect type of lighting for these subjects and concept. If the photographer had used strobes and such then it would of gone against her concept in a way. The only issues I had with this book was the amount of type/lack of type and the formatting which might be different by time the finished copy is released. Some excerpts were one sentence and others were a full on two pages. I just wish there was more of a consistency with the formatting but I do understand that sometimes the individuals you are photographing don't have time to sit down and talk long. The one thing that irritated me about this book, and maybe it was because it was a ebook version, but matching up the photograph with the type was really confusing at times because the text would be out of or and then your having the flip pages back and forth. Also at random points in the book the text was red for a couple of lines. Other then the formatting issues I really did enjoy this book. I would be very interested to see what kind of other work this photographer creates in the future. I would definitely recommend this book!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    This book is such a gem. The photographs are stunning and wow, women are just so beautiful and amazing. I really loved that the author also included shorts paragraphs about the women she took pictures of - their names, where they're from, their stories. Wow, I'm just so in love
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  • pi
    January 1, 1970
    Beauty is diverse 💕I would have loved to have more info of every photo (some of them don't even have a text) because I want to know more about all these women, but it is an amazing collection of pictures, and I love that it reflects diversity in terms of race, ability, and sexual orientation.
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  • Tiffany Miss.Fiction
    January 1, 1970
    i reckon this book would be some of my favorite photographic projext EVER but on digital format it loses a lot of fascination. I couldn't admire at its fullest these different beauty concepts and that frustrated me so much. However i highly support this project and the photographs are so good!
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  • Parvu Andreea
    January 1, 1970
    “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” Confucius Mihaela had managed to surprise beauty in women around the world and captured their stories and made them special.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could give this book 10 stars!
  • maria.
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm feeling very conflicted right now. This was a great idea/project and I *did* enjoy looking at these photos and losing myself thinking about those women's lives, but it's obvious that the author's bias(es?) on what constitutes ~true beauty~ and whatnot influenced which women she decided to photograph and include in this book. The commentary on hope, love and beauty was annoying.
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  • Charlipain
    January 1, 1970
    Magical. I can't express what this book means to me. I just want everyone I know to have a copy. Every woman within the project radiates strength and beauty. It's given me so much courage to be myself and encouraged me to value my own beauty - something I've always struggled with. Thank you. This book is a window into the resilience, strength and diversity of women across the globe.
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  • Jillian Shoffstall
    January 1, 1970
    This has turned out to be one of my most treasured possessions.
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    One of the most beautiful books I could have started the year with!
  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    I really think that the world would be a better place if more people read (good) books. Though more of a photography book (which is not the kind of book I'd normally browse through in my free time) , this is one of the books I'd gladly recommend to anyone. Because I think it's more than a photography book. The stories shared are beautiful, powerful, touching. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed a few tears while going through these women's stories - powerful women fleeing war, beautiful women liv I really think that the world would be a better place if more people read (good) books. Though more of a photography book (which is not the kind of book I'd normally browse through in my free time) , this is one of the books I'd gladly recommend to anyone. Because I think it's more than a photography book. The stories shared are beautiful, powerful, touching. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed a few tears while going through these women's stories - powerful women fleeing war, beautiful women living in poverty or oppression, women who had overcome tragedies, women who simply follow their passion. At first, I expected this to be an empowering book for women, but now I think it's more than that. I think it can be empowering for anyone, as it shares not only female beauty, but also the beauty of diversity. The world would be a better place if we could all learn from projects like this and find beauty and strength in our differences.
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