Lela Rose

Run the World Dress

$111 to buy
$1,095 retail
Stylist Notes

Be the power woman you are looking feminine and chic in this Lela Rose dress. Waist cinching and one style that is appropriate for the work day into night.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for back-up (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized 0-12.

BUST: Great for any cup size - should be worn with a strapless bra
WAIST: Fitted - loosely fitted throughout midsection; consider wearing with SPANX to cinch in abdomen and hips
HIPS: Fitted - skirt may be more fitted on curvier women
LENGTH: Knee length - (on a 5'5" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a strapless bra
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Full Bust, Hourglass, Pear, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Lapis Blue stretch cotton faille. Hidden back zip. Pleating detail at waist. Scoop neckline. 100% silk lining. 39.5" from shoulder to hem.

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59 reviews
Fit
Large
(6)
True to Size
(47)
Small
(4)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 122lbs
June 18, 2012
Loved the way it fit!
I got so many compliments on this dress! It hit me at the knee, and I would definitely recommend a nubra as the straps and neckline do not work with a regular bra. The fabric is tight, but it stretches, and the color is a brighter purple in person!
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 105lbs
July 5, 2012
Zero was too big!
I rented this dress for a wedding I attended. Good thing I rented another back-up dress with this one, because the size zero that came was incredibly too big! The dress was wearing me - I felt like an old lady. I normally wear a size zero - one in pants, shorts , etc. I am 5'2 , 32 C, and this dress was almost like I could fit another person in it! I would definitely suggest you get the extra size to double check to make sure it will fit! The dress looks beautiful on the model and beautiful on the hanger , just not on me. Enjoy your event ladies, enjoy the dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
July 20, 2012
This dress made me feel strong and sexy!
Love this dress, beautiful fabric and very flattering. Lela Rose generally runs big, I typically wear a 4 and I wear a 0 or 2 in Lela Rose dresses. Perfect for an office work party!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 41
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 132lbs
August 8, 2012
Gorgeous, sexy,and stylish
Love the dress color and the fit is beautiful up top, especially the shoulder area. Not to mention that it does a nice job showing off the legs. Would definitely rent again.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 115lbs
August 29, 2012
Beautiful, not for flat chest
This is a lovely dress, but as I suspected with this cut, it is wasn't very flattering on my A-cup bust. I had to use all of the tape included in the dress kit to keep the top from falling open. I was still happy to wear the dress. I got a few compliments on the pretty, interesting color.
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 40
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 139lbs
October 4, 2012
This was a replacement dress for my original that did not fit. I loved this dress much more than my
I am curvy-- like kardashian curvy. This dress was amazing! It fit so well and received rave reviews from friends and strangers alike.
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 38
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 127lbs
November 4, 2012
Very flattering dress!
I wore this for a wedding and got tons of compliments! Had to use the complimentary wardrobe tape to tack down the bust on the inside or it folded out a little at the seam, but everything else was great. This dress was comfortable, feminine and flattering - worked perfectly for this event. I have nothing but great things to say about Rent the Runway-- this was my first time trying this service, and I will definitely do it again! I also talked it up to several other gals at the wedding - fantastic idea, fantastic service, easy and fun -- nothing but positive.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
January 1, 2013
I felt the best dressed on New Years!!
This dress made me feel so beautiful. It fit perfectly. I am 5'2" and it came just below my kneecap. I like that the dress squeezes in at the waist to accentuate your waist. I have D size breasts so the top was not a problem for me, it fit like a glove. I am so happy I had this dress and received compliments all night long.
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Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 60
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 163lbs
April 5, 2013
Lovely dress, perfect for gala dinner
The 10 was a little snug in the hips, the 12 a little large in the bust. Had I thought of it and seen the fashion tape in the box, I could have used that to adjust the fit. Still, I loved the dress, very classy, and I will definitely try RTR again.
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 142lbs
April 15, 2013
Great dress, incredibly flattering.
Loved this dress! Wore it to a wedding and it was perfect for both the ceremony at the church and the reception. Super comfy too. My bra straps showed a bit so I ended up not wearing a bra--the dress is supportive enough that you don't really need one. A strapless would work too. I thought it ran a bit on the large side--if you are small-busted and on the narrow side, you might want to go a size down. The 8 was far far too big. The 6 fit well but could have been a little more snug up top. Overall, though, felt like a million bucks!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 36
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
May 1, 2013
Perfect fit and perfect for the occasion
worn with pewter python stilettos and pewter jewelry. Gerrr--jess!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 138lbs
May 13, 2013
This dress was perfect for a formal wedding.
I received this dress at last minute after my size wasn't available in my original dress, but I ended up loving it. It's a flattering cut, great color, and was perfect for hitting the dance floor all night at a wedding. It fits relatively true to size, with a little bit of extra room/fabric in the midsection. I paired it with Kate Spade chandelier earrings and a Nicole Miller bracelet.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 138lbs
June 10, 2013
WOW!
This was my second choice from RTR for a friends wedding. Normally wear a size 8, but the 6 fit like a glove! I received so many compliemnts through out the night it was great! The fabric does give a bit but I still wore shapewear for the smooth line effect. This dress is a great option for women with fuller bust. The color is more royal purple than blue.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 35
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
July 19, 2013
Lots of compliments
I wore this to a friend's wedding where I was her personal attendant. It was perfect for all the running around, bending and tasking that I was doing that day. The color was lovely and fit was beautiful. The straps were a little big and fell a bit, but overall a great dress. I would order this dress again. Another great RTR moment!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 155lbs
July 24, 2013
Pretty dress, beautiful color
I liked this dress a lot. The fabric was very luxurious and the color was stunning. The folds on the waist added a bit of extra bulk and the dress was a little too big. This dress was a last minute replacement because they didn't have my alternate size dress in stock. I usually wear an 8 in Lela Rose and this was a 10, so it makes sense that it was too big. I ended up wearing the other dress because the cut was more flattering and had a better fit.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 125lbs
August 8, 2013
Beautiful dress! Perfect for a wedding
I loved this dress so much, I wish I could have kept it! The 6 fit perfectly with some spanx underneath to smooth everything out. It had some stretch so was super comfortable for wearing almost all day through the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and dancing into the night. The length hit me right at the knees, and the neckline was just so that it was sexy but not too revealing (appropriate for church!). Other people have said that they could not wear a normal bra with this but I wore a nude bra and it was fine. I guess it depends on the type of bra. Overall, I highly recommend this dress!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
September 29, 2013
Lovely color, very flattering
I wore this dress to my friend's wedding. I felt like it was very flattering, the waist nips in a bit and the length was good on me (I'm 5'5"). The top definitely had some cleavage, I'm a 34DD. The skirt did require ironing when it arrived. I wore black open toed shoes to the ceremony and sparkly gold shoes to the reception. This dress is a little more interesting than a plain sheath dress and I felt like it was a good rental.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 140lbs
October 14, 2013
Got to try this dress thanks to Serena at RTR
This dress was sent as a back up since my original was not available. I only got to try the size 6, but it fit great! It is very fitted (and flattering) at the waist. I was worried as I was having trouble getting it on, but once on it felt great! I only chose another style over this dress because of the color. I am fair skinned and a bolder color made me look a little better :-) Beautiful dress though.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 148lbs
November 21, 2013
I got so many compliments!
As the other reviews state, this dress is very big in the waist. I have a larger bottom and small waist, but was able to make it work. I wore shape wear which helped. You do need to have something up top to fill the dress out, in my opinion. The color is actually a true purple, more so than blue. I thought it was too long at first, as it was only a semi-formal wedding, but it was just right. It looked classy, elegant, and sophisticated, which is exactly what I was looking for in a RTR dress!
RTR CustomerJuly 30, 2014
you look amazing in this dress and I have trouble believing you're a size 10!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 34
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 111lbs
October 28, 2014
Fit Perfectly
The dress was really pretty and fit perfectly. I was a little worried since I was only able to order one size, but I loved the dress!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 136lbs
February 13, 2014
Classic and pretty
I wore this dress to a New Year's Eve dinner. The color and cut are great. The dress fits tight around the natural waist and larger in the bust.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
April 8, 2014
Many compliments!
Great dress. Really cool color. Made me feel very thin because the waist is great. Also very comfortable because the fabric stretches - great for dancing! I wore a regular push up bra because the top is definitely chesty. My size 8 came with a weird white residue on it as well as some small holes. Customer service was amazing however and they offered to overnight me a new dress or refund my money. Very impressed.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 10"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
April 29, 2014
Beautiful Color!
This dress ran mostly true to size. For this review on size please note that at the time of the rental, my overall size was bigger than it shows in my profile now. I was probably more around 170-175lbs, 34DD, a size 12 and slightly thicker in the mid-section from a pregnancy earlier in the year. The dress is a beautiful rich jewel toned blue and the neckline is very flattering. The style helped hide my untoned areas and gave me more of a waist. I'd still suggest wearing undergarments though if you have problem areas since the fabric has a sheen and could draw attention. A "two thumbs up to RTR" side note: RTR's customer service is absolutely amazing. This dress was sent to me as one of several replacements when my original order was not going to get to me in time (weather and shipments) for an out of town wedding. When I realized this, I promptly called RTR's customer service and got Claire. Claire is an angel. My first panic-stricken thoughts were, "How was I going to find a replacement in one conversation with somebody who didn't know me or my body? It had taken me, in a longer than planned state of recovery post pregnancy body, several weeks of indecisiveness to make the initial rental!!!" Claire spent lots of time and patience with me pouring over available dresses giving her suggestions and receiving my numerous vetos. I ended up with multiple replacements that were sent overnight to my hotel to ensure I'd have a dress to wear.
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 59
Bust size: 36D+
Body type: Full Bust
May 7, 2014
This is a great dress! So comfortable. The accessories were beautiful!
Fits great. I am a bit busty and had to wear a size up.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 30
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
May 15, 2014
Dress was sophisticated and powerful but still appropriate for most formal weddings.
Fit well,true to size, but the zipper is problematic.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 50
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
June 5, 2014
Not the dress for me
This is a beautiful dress but not for me. I am only 36C but I was spilling out of it although the rest of the dress fit. The waist was not flattering since I am a bit straight...maybe would be better on hourglass. I didn't like the twisted straps or the fact that the ribbon at the waist did not lie flat. It looks beautiful on others, but perhaps not for my body type.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 122lbs
June 10, 2014
Loved the color!
I wore this to a rehearsal dinner. Overall, I really liked this dress. Both the 2 and 4 fit but the 2 was a little form fitting and flattering. My only complaint was with the bust which seemed awkwardly short. The bust seam was too short for a strapless bra so I had to go without a bra. Despite that, it was a lovely dress and I got a lot of compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 56
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
June 30, 2014
Perfect dress for a wedding
This dress was simple in design, but a few details make it an elegant and classy dress for a wedding or cocktail party. The fabric is not silk, but it does have a slight sheen to it. The designer twisted the fabric at the shoulders, which makes a unique detail. I am loosing my waist to middle age, but this dress gives you one and hides any small tummy pooch. My daughter said it was very slimming. I also felt I didn't have to wear any Spanx or foundation garments to look good in this dress, so that made it really comfortable.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
July 17, 2014
Quality dress!
The dress was excellent quality, beautiful color and decent fit. My critique is with how the design of the dress has a gathering around the waist, which creates a poof that can look like a stomach pooch. I tried the 6 and 8 and they both did it. I went with the 6 as it had a better overall fit.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 36
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 145lbs
August 5, 2014
This dress was very flattering in the mid section. The color is great, many compliments.
I wore this dress for my birthday. The color is gorgeous and the fit is very flattering. I got many compliments.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 39
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
August 18, 2014
Very classy
I was underwhelmed when I opened the package and hoped it would look better on. It really did! I'm between an 8 and 10 and the 8 fit with room to spare. I'm a 34D and had a hard time filling out the chest. Even with a nude strapless bra I occasionally had a little bit of bra hanging out in the bust which was frustrating. But regardless, I really really loved this dress. Wore it for a formal cocktail event for a children's hospital charity. It was sexy and classy and perfectly appropriate.
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Size worn:
NONE
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 40
Body type: Hourglass
September 29, 2014
Fantastic dress in a great color!
This was a replacement dress for another one that had a tear. Luckily it fit perfectly and looked fabulous. I got lots of compliments, particularly on the color. This dress works well for curvy girls, and I was able to wear a regular bra with it (occasionally a bit of nude strap showed, but it wasn't too noticeable). I wish I had some garment tape for the bustline since it occasionally folded down a bit. I loved that it was a bit longer which kept it balanced with the low neckline and gave it an overall classy look.
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 45
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 125lbs
October 19, 2014
GEORGEOUS color... Very rich looking
Wore this dress in a size 4 and really wish I was sent the size 2.. I had a different backup size 2 dress that fit perfectly but was not as pretty on as this dress... Extremely comfortable fabric with a lot of stretch... Beautiful dress, I highly recommend renting it...
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
Large
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 45
Bust size: 32DDD/E
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 144lbs
December 27, 2014
Simple, sophisticated and very comfortable
Simple, sophisticated with just the right amount of sexy. This dress was exactly what I wanted for my work party. The color is darker than appears in RTR, which I was glad. It is a beautiful soft silk with a nice stretchy lining. It was a bit low for me in the bust area, more than I usually show. I'm a 34dd and there was plenty of room in chest area. I wore the 8 and I probably could have worn a 6 for a more fitted sexy look but the 8 was just loose enough. There is the weird pleating at the waist but that worked for me with my "pooch" . I would rent again. The downfall was the 8 had a spot cleaning mark at bottom of dress. I knew it would be dark enough not to notice, and even in this picture you don't see it. But it was disappointing and almost didn't wear.. If it was a daytime event I wouldn't have. *funny side note...tried to add photo of the spot and it wouldn't upload! Any other picture it would*
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Size worn:
0
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 38
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Apple
Weight: 118lbs
January 21, 2015
Flattering dress
As described by other reviewers, the material is stretchy and forgiving. The color is not as vibrant as in the picture, but it is a beautiful rich color that is flattering. Formal, yet fun.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 50
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 3, 2015
Pretty but not for me
The chest is so low cut that wearing a bra would show, so I did not even try, Definitely need to be flat in chest and abdomen to feel comfortable in this dress. It's very pretty , and would look great on the right person.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 105lbs
April 9, 2015
Runs huge.
Rented to wear to clinic but couldn't wear because it runs huge. The 0 I rented was so big on me the top would have been inappropriate in he cleavage and the dress hung on me like a garbage bag. The straps are kind of interesting and you can tell its a well made dress, but the construction is strange as well. I'll try another Lela to compare.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 135lbs
June 1, 2015
A stand-out dress! Tons of compliments and very comfortable!
The dress was a little longer than I would have liked and I am pretty tall myself. It was more purple in person than I thought from pictures but my boyfriend matched perfectly.
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Size worn:
8
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
June 25, 2015
Perfect in color and hit the right tone for the event
Showed a bit more cleavage than expected. Size 8 fit better up top but a tad loose at waist
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Overall fit:
True to Size
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 135lbs
June 1, 2013
The first dress was stolen from my front porch, but rent the runway saved the day w/ fast delivery!
This dress fits well and I found it to be true to size. I found the color to be closer to purple than blue, which is good to know for those trying to match accessories without seeing the dress. Overall, I'd highly recommend it. I received many compliments and found Rent-the-Runway to be a great experience.
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