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Want to learn how to dress like Bollywood actress and star Deepika Padukone? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Deepika Padukone’s fashion favorites.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT our How to Look Like Guide on Deepika Padukone to learn about her beauty secrets and makeup mantras!

Deepika’s style is that of a modern, working woman who is at heart still just a girl. She has a few go-to colors that she loves to use: white, sea green, and tan.

To get Deepika’s fresh white look, stock up on white blouses, camis, and tanks. Pair with an elegant skirt and matching heels, or jeans with a brown belt. Try Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.

She’s a big fan of belts and will unfailingly pair her jeans with dark brown belts and her dresses with thin or wide tan belts.

There’s no denying Deepika loves sea-green! Look for a casual zippie sweater in a foamy green color at American Apparel. For evenings out, try a bandage dress or bubble dress like Deepika (cinch it with a tan belt and match with tan sandal heels). If the color is hard to find in Western clothes, seek it out at Indian ethnic-wear boutiques.

Deepika will often step out with a black or white blazer over a blouse or tank. Look for blazers at large department stores (i.e. Macy’s and Nordstrom) to find a wide selection of materials and cuts. Try three-quarter length blazers for a more casual look.

You’ll notice Deepika pairs all of her day looks with a large tan handbag. Tan, beige, taupe, or camel colored purses are excellent for matching with any outfit at all because they are classy and very understated. Good choice, Deepika!

Every girl has quirky accessories she uses to have a little fun with an otherwise plain outfit. Deepika’s are her red shoes– flats and pumps. Add a pop of color to your white-based outfits as an unexpected surprise!

Deepika’s summer style is simple: flirty, girly dresses paired with sandals- either flat or with some heel. She’ll wear floaty dresses with the requisite brown belt. Deepika’s favorite pair of earrings have to be her small, thick metallic hoops; they are a sweet touch and go well with both dressy and casual looks. Finish the look with a few chunky metallic bracelets and bangles.

When on the move or in colder weather, Deepika keeps her layering simple by sticking with white and tan. Pair white tanks and blouses with white cardigans with a subtle pattern (i.e. stripes or block colors). Pair with only one piece of jewelry: a chunky necklace, drop earrings, or glasses. Finish the look with a brown belt and medium-to-light wash jeans and sandals or Ugg boots. As you can see, Deepika plays it very safe… and so hardly goes wrong.

And that’s how you can use fashion and styling to dress just like Bollywood celebrity Deepika Padukone. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!


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Want to learn how to dress like Bollywood actress and star Priyanka Chopra? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Priyanka Chopra’s fashion favorites.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT our How To Look Like Guide on Priyanka Chopra to learn about her beauty secrets and makeup mantras!

Don’t miss our exclusive Jolie Asie interview with Priyanka Chopra’s former personal stylist, Teena Ahuja Kapoor! Teena styled many of the looks seen below.


Priyanka’s style is very summery and very sexy. She knows she has an incredible figure and loves to show it off.

Priyanka attended high school in the United States and its influence on her wardrobe selections shows. For casual day wear, Priyanka loves to buy and wear clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister.

From these stores she wears logo tees and shirts, ripped jeans, jackets, tanks, track pants, you name it! She’ll also on occasion slip into a sexier casual top from Guess Jeans. She’ll pair her A&F tops and bottoms with sneakers, flip flops, or funky heels.

Priyanka’s day wear outing clothes are perhaps my favorites of hers- they are stunning and incredibly flattering! Look for solid-colored fitted cotton or jersey dresses and tops (try online at topshop.com and shopbop.com).

Pair the dresses with a well-fitting strapless bra, strappy sandals, a thin belt if cinching is needed, and a few silver bracelets. Pair tops with short light-wash denim skirts from (you got it) PC’s beloved Abercrombie & Fitch.

Day and night, Priyanka likes to try out different fabrics and cuts. Not at all one for layering, she prefers one-piece outfits, be they dresses or jumpsuits and rompers, as seen above. This style is particularly good for emulating in hot weather or when you find color-coordinating or layering exhausting and bothersome. Play it safe like Priyanka by keeping your color schemes cohesive and simple.

Now to her evening or night wear. Priyanka is (in)famous for her love of short, fitted dresses. It’s true that she will attend award shows or interviews in the occasional gown, but her favorite fall-backs are seen above. Personally, I think the dresses look fabulous on her- glamorous and oh, so attractive!

Notice her consistency: she likes her dresses to have a subtle drape in the front, with a snug fit in the chest and looser fit in the waist. To get Priyanka’s dress style, try BCBG, French Connection, and Alice+Olivia. She usually pairs her dresses with one of her two favorites pairs of shoes: silver Louboutin sandals and open-toed Jimmy Choo pumps. Look for heels that are metallic or glittery to match with all of your evening dresses.

As for ethnic wear, Priyanka rather religiously sticks with saris and anarkalis designed by Bollywood’s darling designer Manish Malhotra, pictured with her above. When picking a sari like Priyanka’s, look for sheer materials, tiny metallic blouses with plunging necklines, and go for a revealing drape. Pair with large drop earrings and a select few bangles to finish the look.

Last but not least, accessories. Priyanka is often photographed wearing aviators (try Ray Bans if you are going for the celeb look). On casual days she’ll wear a few rings, bracelets, and silver bangles on her left arm. When dressing up, she will wear bare-minimal accessories: a large ring OR a luxury watch OR a pair of earrings.

Priyanka has beautiful hands and tends to keep her nails long and painted with a french manicure.

And that’s how you can use fashion and styling to dress just like Bollywood celebrity Priyanka Chopra. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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Want to learn how to look and dress like Bollywood actress and star Bipasha Basu? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Bipasha Basu’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and fashion favorites.

Bipasha Basu came into India’s spotlight after winning a Ford Supermodel contest in 1996. Since then she has become a popular Bollywood actress and fitness spokesperson. Bipasha is famous for being one of the first “dusky”-skinned beauties to find mainstream success in modern Bollywood. She was also known for her “Indian supercouple” status with now ex-boyfriend John Abraham, a fellow model and actor.


Bipasha Basu is one of Bollywood’s most outspoken advocates for a healthy diet and exercise. She’s even released a workout DVD! She says she is “completely into workouts” because she “believe[s] in being healthy and it’s not about just looking good…. That’s the reason [she is] so much into fitness”.

She advises her fans to work out at least four times a week for an hour a day. She likes to hit the gym or swim laps in the swimming pool. Her devotion to exercise keeps her from having to follow a strict diet: “I just work out like crazy in the gym and keep on my toes the whole day,” she says. Bips prefers the grazing method, eating six healthful small meals a day as opposed to three large meals. Proponents of the grazing method believe it prevents overeating and helps stimulate the metabolism.

In addition to eating well and working out, Bipasha told Female First Magazine that she thinks it’s important to get “a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a day” in order to “look fit and beautiful”. For relaxation, she goes for a massage twice a week.

Generous with her fans, Bipasha posted her beauty secrets on her own personal website. She recommends drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, applying a sunscreen to protect skin from UV damage, and keeping skin clean by removing makeup thoroughly at the end of the day. For beautiful skin, Bipasha recommends eating fish, barley, nuts, seeds, sprouts, yogurt, and fruits and vegetables- especially of the leafy green variety. She warns against eating sugar, packaged foods, and succumbing to crash diets; these are all skin-damagers!

For her skin, Bipasha likes to avoid wearing foundation on off-days. She told the Times of India that she thinks it’s crucial to “spend on quality beauty products” instead of buying those that are cheaply made. At night, she massages almond oil around her eyes for skin nourishment and to keep them wrinkle-free.


There are three basic rules to follow when applying makeup to look like Bipasha Basu.

1) Cat eye liner/winged eye liner

Bipasha is well-known for her habitual cat-eye or winged-eye liner makeup looks. I recommend using a black liquid or gel eyeliner to get the above makeup. Follow the angle of your lower lashline to draw a short line upward and outward from the corner of your eye. Connect this line with a thick black line drawn over your upper lashes. Fill in the curved triangle, and voila!

2) Coral or pink lipgloss

Bipasha loves to wear lipglosses in coral and pink shades; these are youthful choices that go well with her sexy and flirty outfits. To get lips like Bips, try MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink, MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar, and MAC Tinted Lipglass in Lychee Luxe. Doesn’t she look pretty?

3) False eyelashes

Because Bipasha’s makeup is all about her eyes, you’ll want to bring big drama and big lashes. If you have long lashes, you might be able to do without out falsies, but if you’re really trying to look like Bipasha, they will help. Try false lashes by Ardell. Follow up with curling your lashes and applying mascara.


Like many Bollywood actresses, Bipasha takes care of her hair with regular oil massages.

She tends to keep her hair a little past shoulder length, a cut flattering for a woman with her musculature and height. Her hair is cut with a face frame beginning past her chin for interest. Bipasha is almost always seen with side bangs sweeping over the right half of her forehead. She experiments with her styling, wearing her hair curled, blown-out, with beachy waves, or up with teasing for volume in the back.

Bipasha’s naturally black hair is usually dyed brown and streaked with light brown highlights. This medium brown shade looks great on her dark skin.


Bipasha has three different wardrobe looks she likes to choose from: sexy, flirty, and casual bohemian. Bright, jewel-toned colors suit her dark skin best; you’ll rarely see her wearing colors like tan, light gray, or navy blue.

To emulate her sexy style, don’t think twice before checking out your nearest Bebe store. Bipasha is the ultimate Bebe girl! Think bold, bright colors, short fitted dresses, and high (colorful) pumps. Keep your accessories at a minimum by wearing a small pair of earrings and a ring only.

To get Bipasha’s flirty style, stay in Bebe or else take a trip to Forever 21. Pair short, girly dresses with a wide belt to cinch the waistline and chunky bracelets. Don’t forget to wear open-toed pumps to finish the look!

Bipasha is not often photographed wearing casual looks, but when she is, she’ll be seen wearing loose tops or summer dresses (a relief after those tight dresses, I’m sure) worn over jeans or leggings. Bips will often finish the outfit with metallic sandals or heels. She’ll make her look bohemian by wearing an assortment of colorful bracelets and bands, long beaded necklaces, or by carrying a hobo bag. Don’t forget to pack an oversized cotton cardigan for windy days!

Interestingly enough, when she does don ethnic wear, Bipasha tends to go in the other color direction: she often chooses saris, lahengas, and salwars in soft blues, creams, and pinks. It’s a gorgeous change from her brighter dresses, and a smart way to experiment with new colors.

And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, hair styling, and fashion to look just like Bollywood celebrity Bipasha Basu. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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Want to learn how to look and dress like Bollywood actress and star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Aishwarya Rai’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and fashion favorites.

Aishwarya Rai won the title of Miss World in 1994 and went on to become possibly the most famous Indian film (Bollywood) actress of all time. Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, and countless media outlets from around the world have declared Aishwarya “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Today she is married to another actor (and Bollywood royalty), Abhishek Bachchan, and continues to act in films.


Aishwarya is famous for her no-nonsense beauty routine: she eats and lives healthily. To keep her figure in shape and her skin clear and smooth, she avoids smoking, alcohol, and highly-processed foods. Aishwarya’s advice to fans for looking good is to “avoid oily, unhealthy food, [and to] exercise,” as well as to “eat your breakfast… the most important meal of the day.”

Aishwarya, or Ash as she is nicknamed, starts her morning with hot water mixed with honey and lemon. This is a great way to kick-start your detox at the start of the day and get your metabolism revved up. Be sure to use freshly squeezed lemon, and, for extra health benefits, try active raw Manuka honey. This special antibacterial honey has not been processed like regular honey sold in grocery stores and so retains its naturally occurring healing properties.

Throughout the day, Aishwarya keeps hydrated by drinking up to eight glasses of water. Drinking water keeps your skin moist and helps your body flush blemish-causing toxins away for good.

For meals, Aishwarya eats plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables. For healthy skin and hair, make sure you are getting enough daily portions of antioxidant vitamins C and E, as well as B-vitamins. Eat plenty of leafy greens (kale, spinach), carrots, peppers, oranges, and berries. She regularly eats home-cooked Indian food. Says Ash: “I can survive on dal chawal and vegetables.”

Aishwarya loves to use ancient Indian beauty secrets to care for her skin. As a cleanser/exfoliator, mix gram flour (besan) with haldi (turmeric) and milk into a paste. Rub gently over the skin and wash thoroughly. Massage fresh yogurt into your skin as a natural moisturizer. Finally, to pamper youself, apply a cucumber face mask made of crushed fresh cucumber. Sit back, relax, and wash off after you’ve enjoyed this cool and refreshing skin treat!

Aishwarya washes her face three times a day with a baby soap and is careful to apply a moisturizer every night before sleeping. Remember to massage your moisturize into your skin in gentle, upward strokes to fight wrinkles (this goes for your neck, too!).


For her every day makeup looks, Aishwarya keeps it natural. She will wear a peach, pink, or tan eye shadow, black eyeliner, and mascara on her eyes. She is quite diligent about wearing foundation and concealer, so her skin always looks fresh and dewy. She will apply a warm pink or peach blush on the apples of her cheeks and match it with a neutral, “my lips but better” shade of pinky-brown or peachy-brown lipstick.

Aishwarya once stated in an interview that the brands of makeup she preferred were MAC, Lakme, Revlon and Maybelline.

Among fragrances, Aishwarya wears Happy by Clinique and Eternity by Calvin Klein.


There are three basic rules to follow when applying makeup to look like Aishwarya Rai.

1) Keep your lips natural

It will be a rare day indeed when you see Aishwarya wearing an unusual or out-there lipcolor. She knows her lips are beautiful without needing to draw excessive attention to them, so she applies lipsticks of “my lips but better” (MLBB) shades. Try lipsticks/glosses that are pink-based or brown-based, like MAC Lipstick in Twig or MAC Tinted Lipglass in Chai.

2) Get those light eyes

Her stand-out feature is her stunning aqua-blue eyes. You can’t emulate Ash without going light! If you are naturally dark-eyed, try wearing colored contacts in shades of gray or green. I don’t recommend blue contacts for Asians or Indians, simply because they tend to look unnatural. A Bollywood brand favorite for colored contacts is Freshlook Colorblends.

3) Soft, feminine eye makeup

As it is with her clothes, Aishwarya knows what colors work for her in makeup. She avoids harsh makeup looks, preferring her eyeshadows to be blended to softness. She looks gorgeous in pink or peach eyeshadows paired with a gel eyeliner with a pop of color (a signature technique of MAC makeup artist Mickey Contractor). To get her look, try MAC Eye Shadow in Expensive Pink and MAC Fluidline in Waveline.


Throughout her career, Aishwarya has sported hair in all sorts of colors and shapes, but she’ll always go back to her favorite chocolate brown locks. If you are dying your hair, be sure to remember your eyebrows too! Aishwarya’s hair is usually blow-dried straight, blow-dried straight then curled, or given a blow-out. She always parts her hair at the right side and keeps the front pieces of her hair trimmed past her chin for some layers. The key to getting hair like Aishwarya Rai is to keep it down, keep it clean, and keep it away from your beautiful face.


In an interview given years ago, Aishwarya said that among clothes she prefers structured jackets and form-fitting gowns for formal attire, and chikan salwar kameez (a Lucknow specialty) or jeans and a t-shirt for casual wear. She said she “hate[d] anything that’s too fussy and frilly”. Looks like her tastes haven’t changed!

A list of her illustrious favorite designers includes Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri, Armani Prive, Shahab Durrazi, Neeta Lulla, Sabyasachi, Lanvin, and Elie Saab.

Aishwarya’s look is very consistent and very timeless. She is never one to take risks and tends to prefer certain sets of colors and cuts for her body.

As far as ethnic wear goes, Aishwarya favors two different color families: pale pastels and rich earth colors.

The pale pastels include pink, peach, tan, blue, yellow, and white. She tends to wear these colors with salwars on quiet occasions (not shown here) and matches her pastels with silver jewelry. She wore these colors to great effect in her 2000 film “Dhai Akshar Prem Ke”.

The rich earth colors include dark green, maroon, deep purple, gold and cream. Ash often opts for these darker colors in her (Sabyasachi) saris.

For her Western outfits, Aishwarya almost unfailingly falls back on two easy colors to work with: black and white. She LOVES tailored black jackets and owns them in practically every material you can think of- satin, velvet, lightweight wool, silk. To get her look, find a neat black jacket at The Limited or Nordstrom. Be sure to get it tailored to your size- you’ll want it to fit perfectly or else you will look sloppy! Wear your jacket with a smart black top (or nothing inside!) and black pants. Accessorize with delicate jewelry or a scarf.

Aishwarya also likes to keep it simple in floaty white tops worn over dark-wash jeans. Pair your favorite dark blue jeans with a breezy, loose white bohemian top from J. Crew or H&M. Ash, a quintessential “adult” in her style sense, likes to wear heels with casual outfits, so find yourself some open-toed tan pumps or close-toed black ankle booties. For bags, try Louis Vuitton or go classic with a leather purse from Tod’s.

In the summer time, Aishwarya looks beautiful in printed, structured summer dresses. She keeps the colors mild (you won’t see her wearing neon!) and womanly. Find dresses like Aishwarya’s at Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic. Pair with sandals or wedges, small earrings and a metallic watch.

Aishwarya has some jewelry staples, the first and foremost of which are her luxury watches (she is a brand ambassador for Longines). Invest in a fancy one by keeping an eye on sales at stores like Von Maur or Nordstrom. She also will wear a ring or two; she is frequently photographed wearing a particular large ring set with a cream-white stone along with her wedding ring. Aishwarya likes to don a thin metallic or diamond bracelet and small jeweled earrings. Lastly, she’s often spotted wearing huge black sunglasses, as seen above, a favorite accessory of celebrities.

And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, hair styling, and fashion to look just like Bollywood celebrity Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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Want to learn how to look and dress like Bollywood actress and star Sonakshi Sinha? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Sonakshi Sinha’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and fashion favorites.

Sonakshi leapt to the A-List with her first film, the 2010 smash hit “Dabangg”. She has joined the likes of Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor as a top contender among the young actresses in India today.


Sonakshi revealed her diet and exercise habits to Vogue India: “My diet is very basic. I just eat well. I eat small meals every two hours to keep my metabolism going.” Her breakfast consists of eggs and paratha, her lunch consists of brown rice, two rotis and chicken or fish (or dal and vegetables), and she eats salads for dinner.

On her workout routine, Sonakshi says, “I follow a strict fitness regime of cardio and weight training thrice a week, interspersed with kick-boxing and functional training.”

Before her Bollywood debut, Sonakshi was overweight, and she used the above regimen to drop nearly seventy pounds! I’d say it works, wouldn’t you? And speaking of food and diets- don’t you think she looks a little like Giada De Laurentiis?

To care for her skin, Sonakshi applies fresh aloe vera to her skin to reduce blemishes and bruising. Buy an aloe vera plant from your local grocery store and snap off the leaves to reveal the healing gel inside. She also applies multani mitti face packs to cool and cleanse her skin- find these at your local Indian grocer. She recommends drinking lots of water every day to keep skin fresh and healthy.

Her skincare products include a Nivea moisturizer and Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Cleanser.


For her every day makeup looks, Sonakshi uses Chanel’s Mat Lumiere foundation in Naturel, a black Revlon eye pencil, and varying lipsticks with a matching blush. She will switch between her natural eye color (black) and wearing brown colored contacts. Sonakshi typically lines her upper and lower waterline with the black eye pencil and draws in a small wing on the sides of her eyes. She then follows it up with false eye lashes and mascara. She keeps her eyeshadows to a minimum, wearing mostly natural colors. Sonakshi applies her blush on the top of her cheekbones, and wears lipstick. She has confessed to not liking lip glosses, and often prefers matte lipsticks to glossier kinds.

For fragrance, Sonakshi wears a Victoria Secret’s Pink body spray during the daytime and loves Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique for the evening.


There are three basic rules to copying Sonakshi’s typical makeup looks. They are:

1) Play with lipsticks

Sonakshi loves to experiment with her lipsticks. She’ll try anything from a bright coral orange to a deep, sensual red. Go to Sephora and find funky shades that flatter you! She likes to match her lipstick with a pop of color, be it flowers in her hair or color on her nails. Remember, when going for a head-turning lip look, keep your eye makeup toned down. You don’t want to look like you were attacked by department store makeup artists!

2) Remove all excess facial hair

Sonakshi’s skintone is flawless and even, and she often wears her hair high and far from her face. To pull off a dare-bare look like her, be sure to remove all unsightly facial hair, including sideburns, upper-lip hair, cheek and forehead hair, and chin hair. Keep your eyebrows groomed, as well. Try looking up a local hair-threader or full facial waxer. And please, please make sure the person removing your hair is using the best hygiene practices, or your skin can have an adverse reaction to the hair removal!

3) Wear generous amounts of mascara… or false eyelashes

Sonakshi loves false lashes to feel instantly glamorous. If you’re not into falsies, curl your lashes with care (I recommend using the Shu Uemura lash curler) and apply your favorite mascara generously. Sonakshi likes MAC and Max Factor brand mascaras.


Sonakshi has some of the longest hair in the film industry. She uses an oil massage with olive oil and coconut oil to pamper her hair. To get long, healthy hair like hers, brush it diligently every day, and indulge in oil massages. Take fish oil supplements to keep your hair soft and manageable.

Often Sonakshi will wear her hair in a high tight bun or ponytail, slicking it away from her face. She will switch this look up, sometimes teasing the hair in the front to create a “bump” to give her hair height (as seen in the group picture below).

At other times her hair is fairly simple to mimic. She has some side bangs that she will wear on her face at times, though she tends to look best with her hair away from her face. Use a good straightener (CHI or Biosilk brands) to straighten your hair when it is dry, or a curling iron to curl the bottom half of your hair into loose curls.


Sonakshi looks best in conservative, feminine dresses, and she is always opting for bright colors or whites, both which complement her skin perfectly.

To dress like Sonakshi, invest in several white pieces for your wardrobe- a smart blouse, an exercise top, a little white dress. For formal wear, she always looks beautiful in white lahengas and salwars. She is also seen at off-times wearing athletic clothes in black and white- try emulating her by checking out your local Nike/Adidas outlet store.

Sonakshi is regularly photographed wearing colorful, fitted dresses made of clingy, stretchy material. Look for printed wrap dresses and dresses with flirty one-shoulder necklines. This look can be recreated by woman on any budget! Try JCPenney, Cache, or Diane von Furstenburg for Sonakshi-style clothes.

Sonakshi tends to keep her jewelry at a minimum, letting her clothes and quirky makeup speak for themselves. To keep it simple, try pairing your outfits with a silver/gold watch and diamond/cubic zirconia stud earrings. And of course, she has popularized the nose stud/ring once again, often wearing a small diamond stud for photo shoots and events.

Finally, Sonakshi never fails to wear her nails like they are her best accessory. See the pictures above for red nails, orange nails, and pink nails! She will often match her nail polish color to her dress or lipstick. To imitate, try finding good color matches for cheap prices, so you can expand your collection without breaking the bank.

And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, hair styling, and fashion to look just like Bollywood newbie Sonakshi Sinha. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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