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Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:35

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Q

Q Tip Wilson IMsL 2015Name: Q
Current Title: N/A
City, State: Oakland, CA

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Queer Sphere
Dark Odyssey
International Ms Leather

Favorite Leather item in Q's arsenal of bar/fetish wear:
My Minx Licorice harness from Aslan Leather!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Q: Dark Odyssey was created in 2003 as a wholly unique experience, built to bring together sexuality, spirituality, education, and play in a fun, supportive, non-judgmental environment where fantasy becomes reality. Since that time, Dark Odyssey has become the home of top-notch play spaces, creative amenities, and inspiring events where people can have truly immersive experiences. I’ve worked had the pleasure of working on both the east and west coasts with Dark Odyssey in a variety of capacities...from bootblack coordinator, to workshop facilitator, to performer, to stunt fist.

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 15:15

The top Leather community stories of 2013

Proposition 8 Overturned Marc Watrel By Dave RhodesAs in every year, there are stories that define a year, mark a change for the better or worse, establish the end or beginning of an era, lend recognition to achievement, or just simply make a statement that cannot be forgotten. Here are ours.

The Leather Journal's Top Story of 2013

US Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 - Marriage-ban states fall like dominoes

Not long after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs who sued to have Proposition 8 reinstated had no standing, enabling same sex marriages to resume in California, marriages resumed.

Only a handful of states allowed same-sex marriage at the beginning of 2013. By the end of the year, 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, permitted same-sex marriage, with a few more likely to change. The last of the bunch, Utah on December 20 because a court judge ruled their same-sex marriage ban that was voter-approved in 2004 is unconstitutional. This was the biggest surprise of all. A dagger was struck into one of the main arteries of the devil that has fought against same-sex marriage.

Published in National Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:34

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Selogadi Mampane

SelogadiNgwanangwatoMampaneName: Selogadi Ngwanangwato Mampane
Current Title: Ms SA Leather 2015
City, State: Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Gala Youth Exchange

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My dyke boots

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Selogadi: I am being sponsored by South Africa Leather, which is being led by Jaco Lourens.

My club recently opened up its doors to womyn. Previously, the community only invited in cisgendered men, most of whom were White. In 2014, Jaco led a road to opening up the community to anyone who identifies with Leather, regardless of their gender. Whilst SA Leather lost many members, it creates a foundation for a more open and accessible Leather organization.

I joined SA Leather in 2014 and was able to be part of the first competition open to womyn! I haven’t looked back since.

Published in International Leather

IMSL Contestant slavegirl marionName: slavegirl marion

Current Title: Oklahoma Ms Leather 2015

City, State: Muskogee, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Regular community events that you produce or participate 1. Oklahoma Ms Leather contest - planning committee member beginning this year; 2. Oklahoma Mr Leather contest - planning committee member since 2012; and 3. Kink Weekend OKC - volunteer and planning committee member since 2013.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: The boots I purchased last year from the IMsL contestant silent auction. I later learned that they had been IMsL 2015, Sarge’s boot camp boots. These boots pair well with the Leather skirt gifted to me by a dear friend.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

I have three great sponsors: Xpressions Tulsa LC – Tulsa’s Premiere dungeon, play space, and meeting place, where I have been a volunteer staff member for more than six years; the Tulsa Eagle – the best gay & Leather bar in the Bible belt, my favorite hangout; and the Rose Rock girls of Leather – this great group of people are the producers of the Oklahoma Ms Leather title. The RRgoL participate in an assortment of charity fundraisers; perform various forms of service as a group, and individually, throughout the Leather, kink, BDSM, and vanilla communities.

 

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:18

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Thomas

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Thomas

Oakland
California

Events where you'll find me:
IMsL every year forever!
Folsom Street Fair & Dore
Society of Janus events

My Vest is my best leather buddy! We go everywhere together. I recrafted it myself from a thrift store find and have loved it real hard over the years. It was my first and might always be my favorite leather.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? My run is sponsored by three amazing groups: Since I announced my intention to start a online sexuality forum, LeatherLand, I have had the pleasure of intercoursing with Rubber Women of San Francisco, Rough Cut Leather, and Wicked Grounds, all of whom provide our community with safe  spaces to celebrate our sexuality and express our kinks freely. They each do this while improving leather awareness and providing instruction in skill sets to help kinksters cope in the world. I'm elated to work with them for years to come.

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    My favorite charity would have to be The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom which started in 1997 and helps members of sexual minorities with legal problems. As a law student, I know the importance of organizations which provide assistance on a judicial level. If you need help contact them at ncsfreedom.org

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Volunteering for the community is how I got my start in leather. Believe it or not, I get freaked out in a crowd at times. Service is where I find peace. Knowing that I have a purpose has always been the cure for my anxiety. How do I feel about community service? I feel like it is vital for socialphobes and it makes the leather world go round!

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Holding leather womanhood and bootblacking labels are ways I care for my self-esteem. I hold these labels dear because they make me feel pride and pride in oneself is key to my mental self-care.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    Joan Jett is my favorite leather woman. She has supported our community since entering the scene in her early career. Her music provided me with a feeling of inclusion in the most lonely parts of my leatherwalk, like her I don't give a damn about my reputation. That song's video is a re-enactment of 23 record labels rejecting her first solo album and her subsequent rise to the top, similar to the many rejections I faced in my early leatherwalk and my subsequent inclusion into the leather scene through IMsL.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:53

Meet the 2017 IMsL IMsbb Contestants

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Meet the 13 Individuals who will compete in San Jose Enjoy!

Published in International Leather
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:53

Meet The Contestants IMsL 2014: lynn

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
L: I am proud to be sponsored by Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA). GLLA has an annual event which is in its 13th year in my hometown of Indianapolis. GLLA brings in national presenters for 36 classes, with the highlight of the event being the Saturday evening finale to our regional leather contest.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.
L: My favorite charity is the Mr. Friendly Campaign, which aims to dispel the social stigma associated with HIV, while advocating for safer sex practices and STI testing. I believe that stigmas are perpetuated by fear, not by facts. By providing education on STI transmission, we can encourage responsible communication about risks and prevent the division in our community that fear causes.

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:35

IMsL and IMsBB contestant slate announced

The contestants for International Ms Leather 2016 and International Ms Bootblack 2016 were announced recently. IMsL and IMsBB will be held in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 14-17.

Following a terrific year with each of their titles, IMsL 2015 Sarge and IMsBB 2015 slave tabitha arie will pass their torches to one from each group below.

International Ms Leather and International Ms. Bootblack 2016 Contestants


Aurora Lee

Aurora Lee’s own rags to Leathers story brings her from small-town Missouri girl to Twin Cities Metropolitan Leather Woman. She co-founded the Twin Cities girls of Leather as one of the several ways she focuses on empowering those who identify as Female and Leather. Involved in several clubs, Aurora is frequently found volunteering for events when she’s not tied up getting flogged. Suffice to say when she’s not giving, she’s certainly receiving. She’s well known for her Leather working, fundraising, and photography skills that she frequently lends in service to her local community

 
LasciviousJane

LasciviousJane is a power-femme switch, kinky burlesqueer, and sex educator. In addition to being perpetually covered in leather and glitter (a bootblack’s worst nightmare), in 2015, she became the first Ms Philadelphia Leather in a decade. She is the Artistic Director of the multi-award-winning Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque and sits on the Board of Directors of The Diabolique Foundation, which produces Philadelphia’s largest charity fetish ball. She is also a charter member of Queer Leather Alliance. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching the art of striptease, getting dirty in her garden, and community organizing.

 
Miss BEEHave

Smart, sassy, powerful, present, fierce and Femme… Miss BEEhave is Sydney (Australia’s) Ms Leather for 2015. Also an integral part of Sydney Femme Guild, she works toward building Leather Femme visibility in the broader community. She has co-taught a fisting workshop (No Holes Barred) in conjunction with Sydney Leather Pride, and has also conducted joint events with GLBTI groups to build community partnerships.
Leather is Ms BEEHave’s presence, her power, her strengths and her loves, embodied as an ever-evolving outside skin. Her belief is that the leather family holds a beautiful space where identity, expression and love are never questioned.

 
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slavegirl marion, an attorney by trade, began following the BDSM path in 2005, and Leather in 2007. She is an active member of several Leather clubs and is a volunteer at Xpressions Dungeon in Tulsa. She has been a collared service slave to Master Malik since May 3, 2014, and enjoys serving him. She is focused on serving the community, working to help her kinky community grow, become well educated, and to ensure that there are safe and comfortable play spaces available. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, children, and grandchildren.


Angel

Angel began to embrace her whole self through striving to be beyond the binary. With a teacher’s heart she walks her path ever growing and learning. She is a multi-faceted edge player and believes in exploring beyond labels when it comes to play, boots, and love. There are many ways to love and be loved. She uses Bootblacking to support her community, opening dialogues about leather, and collecting history. She has been honored with the titles of Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2009 and 2010 and Southwest Bootblack 2014. Her devotion for service shines through in all she does.


Meghan

Meghan is proud to represent her region as Great Lakes Bootblack 2015. Since 2012 she’s been active in her local Kink and Leather communities, blacking regularly at The Barracks, ReMix and fundraisers throughout her region. At home, Meghan runs a Boot Lab for new and existing bootblacks in the area. She also serves as Treasurer for Mr. Friendly: Team Louisville.
Meghan seeks to create an experience in her chair that not only honors and worships your Leather, but also your journey. Bootblacking gives her the space to define her ideas of sexual expression and spirituality in ways that resonate deeply.
 

Shelly

While reading fanfiction Shelly stumbled upon a story involving a D/S couple and identified with the submissive. She was intrigued! She needed to get started immediately! She found The Threshold Society. She dove in by playing and volunteering. Being of service to her local community was not enough, so she found the Leather scene. Shelly began bootblacking in 2012 and fell madly in love with it. The science, the art and the service became the focal point of her Leather lifestyle. She is mentored by Q and owes Jayson DaBoi a big hug. She also enjoys puppies and purple.


The panel of judges which will make the decision on the IMsL 2016 torchbearer are Ms World Leather 2001 Annie Romano, American Leatherwoman 1994 Sarah Humble, International Ms Leather 2014 Patty, International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, International Mr. Bootblack 2001 Paksen Burrell, past IMsL producer Sky Renfro and Metis Brown; the IMsBB 2016 judges will be International Ms Bootblack 2014 Dara Bryant, International Mr. Bootblack 2015 Bamm Bamm and International Ms Leather 1987 Judy Tallwing McCarthy.

The tally folks will be Women's Leather Legacy 2013 Tracy Wolf and TNG founder Boymeat.

To see the IMsL and IMsBB 2016 contestants' photos go to http://imsl.org/contest/2016-imslimsbb-contestants/

This year’s brunch will welcome Keynote presenter, Vi Johnson. Vi is a Leatherwoman, activist, author and archivist who embarked on her journey in the Leather/BDSM scene in the early 1970s. A strong advocate for the necessity of preserving Leather/fetish/erotic history, Johnson speaks and writes with a single-minded focus on the broad spectrum of issues that concern her and her community.

For registration information visit http://imsl.org/event/register-now/ There will not be any on-site registration. Registration closes on April 13.

Published in International Leather

Sanctuary Leather 2014 Derek Paul Shae Flanagan By Dave RhodesDerek Paul was named Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2014 and Shae Flanagan was chosen to be Ms Sanctuary Leather, the first in history, at Sanctuary LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, November 2.
The emcee, Sir Gabriel, sparkled as he led the women contestants through an International Ms Leather (IMsL) format including staged fantasy and lone contestant Derek through the International Mr. Leather (IML) format.
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The judging panel included head judge Dr. Lawrence Burden of Avatar Club Los Angeles, Genesis from Sanctuary Studios LAX, Sir Ian from Avatar and Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2011 Michael Sol.
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Since he will be competing in the Mr. los angeles Leather 2014 contest in March Derek Paul was inducted into the los angeles Band of Brothers after the victory photo shoot.
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The dungeon was open for play all evening.

Sanctuary Leather photo Gallery

Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:30

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Becca Bee

BeccaBeeIMsLpic SizedName: Becca Bee
Current Title: Washington State Bootblack 2014
City, State: Olympia, WA

Website (if any): N/A
Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):
Blood, Sweat, and Queers at the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle, WA
Bootblacking with PDX Bootblacks at Kinkfest in Portland, OR
SEA-PAH Moshes at The Cuff Complex in Seattle, WA.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My high shine boots.


TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so, please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Becca: My run is sponsored by Washington State Mr/Ms Leather Organization. 

This is the producing organization for the Washington State Mr/Ms/Bootblack contest held at the end of March at the Cuff Complex in Seattle, WA. 

 

Published in International Leather

kylie ms sydney leather 2015Name: Miss BEEHave

Current Title: Ms. Sydney Leather 2015

City, State: Sydney, Australia

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

Sydney Leather Pride Assoc.
Sydney Femme Guild  
Extra Dirty

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: Full length leather barista apron....I bought this custom made piece from a well known quality leather maker in Sydney, Jo King.  I love that it can worn as a formal or informal piece, and my waist size doesn't matter as its fully adjustable.  I often wear sequin hotpants underneath, a treasure I picked up from San Francisco Folsom in 2014 for a cheeky surprise when I leave the room.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

My major sponsor is Marquis De Sade in Melbourne Australia - a gorgeous bespoke fetish wear designer and corsetiere.  We have a shared spark, a contagious energy when we talk of the promotion of visibility of leather women in Australia.  Marquis De Sade offer customised steel boned corsets, leather ladieswear, leather menswear, fantasy costumes, corseted dresses, fetish wear, with online tailoring, their work is available to international visitors to order.

 

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:52

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Mina Hart

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President of the Salt Lake City girls of Leather

Executive assistant for Sin in the City

Founder of Meow Mixx- a queer womens bar night

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about all your Sponsors (feel free to include a copy of their logos and a urls to their websites) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.   Denver Bound, where I first learned rope skills and found community. I later became one of their teachers
Black Boots- a local gay men's organization that has been  supportive and encouraging to the local women's community and helped our group and others with event logistics, connections and support
President of the Salt Lake City girls of Leather- these ladies are my heart and keep me encouraged and energized
Utah Leaf and Leather- I am a board member and representative of the women's community within this group. This group pairs my love of cigars coupled with my love of the Leather community.

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    I truly love the Woodhull Freedom Foundation. They do amazing work in the constant battle for sexual freedom and tirelessly fight for human rights. The work they put in gives me the rights I have today and I am incredibly grateful for their sacrifices.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Community service is what creates the cohesion in a community. Some of my most precious memories have come from real work put in my myself and my community. It isn't always about teaching a class or being in front of an audience. Sometimes the events that create the bonds of a community are helping to landscape your community space or helping to build a library so those after you can have access to that knowledge. Community service builds strong communities.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Leather is about freedom. Freedom to express oneself authentically and without judgment. Leather is about honor. Honoring oneself and others, keeping our history close to our hearts while we forge on and create new experiences and traditions for ourselves. Leather is about integrity- about holding on to your own beliefs and values no matter what storms you may weather. Leather is about respect. Respect for my community, myself and for the beliefs and traditions of others. Finally, Leather is about sex. Embracing one's sexuality and allowing ourselves to find the deep, raw, animal passion that we have learned to bury and deny. As a leather girl, I hold all of these things dear. I hold my community and my chosen family close, knowing that I have the freedom to be myself whatever self that may be. I hold pride in the leather I wear and in the Leather I am

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    There are so many incredible women who have come before me and who walk with me.  
If I had to pick, I would say Lolita Wolf. She is down to earth, open about her sexuality, clever and witty. She finds strength in submission and fights tirelessly for sexual freedom.
My own story mirrors hers in many ways with the road to discovering, being comfortable with, and embracing my sexuality. I am grateful for her openness, encouragement and volunteerism that supports this community.

 

Published in International Leather
Friday, 19 April 2013 00:44

Favorite IMsL 2013 Seduction Photo

If you are at IMsL 2013 and missed seduction...why?

If you are not at IMsL 2013 YOU MISSED SEDUCTION....Why?

Quickly...The more I get to know my community, the more I get to know amazing, selfless, talented and courageous women and men.  This mornings winner for FAVORITE PHOTO FROM SEDUCTION (not the best or most technically correct...but favorite).

 

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Dear readers I give you Ultra discovers Dick in a box.   Off to coffee.

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Ms. los angeles Leather 2016

los angeles, CA

Co-Producer of Club FUK (Femdom play party)

My knee high 20 hole Doc Martins.


Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

The Ms. los angeles Leather Organization http://mslaleather.com/  and the los angeles Leather Coalition http://lalc.info/  are sponsoring my run. The Ms. los angeles Leather Organization produced by Shae Flanigan brought this title back after 17 years and I am honored to have worn the sash for the past year.


Tell us about your favorite charity.    

My Favorite Charity would have to You Are Not Alone. Being a suicide survivor myself and having mourned too many lives lost to suicide, I love being part of a movement that is there to help someone to not feel so alone that suicide is the answer.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    

Service is about giving back and support. Those willing to give of themselves back to the people and places that helped them when they needed it most; to support in anyway your able to.
What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    My love of my community, my desire to see my village to thrive. To be a mentor to the new generation, help them to experience the joys that our ways have to give.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    

Mistress Melissa Miles. She is the leather woman I hope to be when I grow up. She is the type of woman who doesn’t talk about what she is going to do, she just does it. She leads by action not talk. And she’s slightly scary.

 

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 31 March 2013 03:00

IMsL XXVII 2013 Contestant Christy Ford

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VT: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?  Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.

CF: Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) is a non-profit organization that promotes educational and charitable activities through social interaction among people with an interest in leather, Levi’s, uniforms, and latex. The club is composed mostly of residents from San Francisco’s East and South Bays. ACLC was founded in 1993 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) leather corps, and has since donated in excess of $300,000 to charities serving Alameda County. We are proud to state that 100% of the net receipts, raised at our events, go directly to the chosen charities. ACLC’s website is:  http://www.acleather.org/

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

CF:

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

CF: My preferences, in regards to kink actives, are not confined to limited landscapes. My strength of will is matched by my innate character of fairness. I enjoy drawing people into my world, where they will belong. Being especially sensual and erotic, I enjoy sharing fantasies and indulging fetishes. My keep my sphere safe, in which I explore my deepest, darkest, and most secret desires within S&M, B&D, and Fetish. I am a sadistic top who teaches and tortures partners, to shape them to my perfection. My partners serve and suffer pain, by my stinging touch. 

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

CF: I believe in selfless service to the leather community, which I demonstrate when I participate or produce an event and it benefits our leather/bdsm/fetish community, and I view service by all as a vital part of the camaraderie process. We all provide some type of service, whether we think of it as service or not, and I believe there is nothing sexier than when service is offered and provided out of a genuine and deep desire to help and be of service to others.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

CF: The scent of worn leather makes me genuinely a little hot and bothered. My reaction is similar to when I smell a good cigar or pipe tobacco, which is also a strong attraction of mine. Words that come to my mind when I think of the smell include: sexy, powerful and raw. Adding piss play into the mix of worn leather pants totally gets my attention every time!

The basics:
Name: Christy Ford
City, State: San Ramon, CA

I am a co-chair of ACLC’s Education Program, which is held the fourth Monday of the month at the Lighthouse Community Center in Hayward, California.

This year I produced Santa Slave Auction, a yearly event through ACLC where we auction off local community members for charity.

I am a co-producer of Lucky in Leather, a yearly event that raises funds for Tri-City Health Center, California.

CF: (my favorite leather?) My favorite leathers are my cargo pants; I just love all the pockets. I use them to carry around everything from lube to my lipstick.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

CF: In my title year I would like to incorporate my biggest interest into my duties, which happens to be art. Specifically, I would like to learn about other leather women’s mediums for their art, whether it be photography, acrylic or oil on canvas, or leatherwork. In my travels, I want to share, document, and highlight female artists within our sisterhood. My goal is to leave behind a living archive of 2013’s female perceptions of sexuality in the leather community. As a photographer myself, I wish to document the women who make our leather events happen, the people whom I spent time with, shared stories, and include both the well-known and unfamiliar of our community.

 

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