Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Buy Lea Clark Before She’s Gone

Hey there! It’s me, Madi. Have you been thinking about getting Lea Clark, the Girl of the Year 2016, all year long? She is only available to purchase for a few more hours, and if you have been on the fence about her like me, don’t worry. To help you decide, I’ve put together the top three reasons on why you should buy her before she’s gone.

1. She is one-of-a-kind

Lea Clark is completely original. Unlike the upcoming GOTY 2017, Gabriela McBride, who is just TrulyMe #46, and unlike McKenna Brooks, who had a nearly identical twin of TrulyMe #39, Lea has no look-alike. You are not going to find another doll like her anywhere! No one else can compete with her long, curly caramel hair, soft skin tone, Josefina face mold, and dazzling hazel eyes.

2. She is incredibly photogenic

For doll bloggers, stopmotioners, or photographers, Lea is an absolutely gorgeous doll that looks fabulous in anything and everything. Especially if you capture her best angles – I originally thought Lea wasn’t very pretty due to her stock pictures from American Girl, but it was the jaw-dropping photoshoots of this beautiful doll from other doll bloggers that convinced me into getting her. Now, every time I put my Lea doll into a new outfit, I want to take her out for another photoshoot.

She is seriously that pretty.

3. Due to her popularity, she will be expensive on the secondary market

You better believe it! Lea Clark practically flew off the shelves when she was released. If you change your mind about her after she’s gone and decide to finally get her off of eBay or Amazon when she is $300+, your wallet will appreciate it none. The time to get her if you’re ever going to is now or never!

In conclusion…

There are the top three reasons why you should get Lea Clark before she’s gone:

1. She is one-of-a-kind.

‘Nuff said. 😉

2. She is extremely photogenic.

My camera will never do her justice, but I’m having the time of my life trying.

3. Due to her popularity, she will be expensive on the secondary market.

Even if you aren’t 100% sure that you will totally love Lea when you order her, you can always send her back for a full refund (but you will not regret getting Lea, trust me). You have nothing to lose except the time with which you have left to order her…

… Which isn’t a lot!

What are you waiting for? If you’ve been debating with yourself all year long about getting Lea like I have, don’t wait! She is original and unique, photogenic and photo-worthy, and will be quite expensive on the secondary market.

So go get her if you want her!



I was actually planning on posting the photostory of her meeting all of my dolls first, but then I had to start that server switch and no new changes could be made to the site or they wouldn’t be saved. It was supposed to be done within forty-eight hours or so, but the hosting company that I’m switching to is low-staffed over the holidays and didn’t get it done in time for this post. So I’m having to postpone all of that server-switching business until after the New Year. Grr. 😛

Stay tuned for the post I’ll Be Home for Christmas if Only in My Dreams – Part 1, in which my Lea doll’s name is revealed – along with a little bit of her backstory as she reluctantly steps foot into our house…

P.P.S. If you liked this post, let me know! Just hit “like” and leave a comment below.

2016-12-31T14:34:42-05:00 December 31st, 2016|80 Comments


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    Sarah B December 31, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with you! Lea is so pretty and unique. She is very photogenic! Can’t wait to see your photos of her.

    Happy New Year!

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she? I am so happy I got her! Aw, thanks so much – I’m super excited to post them!
      Happy New Year to you, too, Sarah!

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    Grace | The Girl Upstairs December 31, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    OH MY GOODNESS! Congrats, Madi!!! (I think I guessed right, LOL! XD) Lea IS super pretty! I don’t have her, or plan on getting her, but congratulations on getting her!!! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Grace! 😀 (LOL! You did! XD) Thank you so much again! 😀 😀

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    Diamond December 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    YAY! You got Lea! She is AMAZING! Much better in person than stock photos. She looks good in almost any outfit. When I got her, I literally tried on almost every AG outfit I own. I haven’t found anything she doesn’t look good in. I can’t wait until you post your photo story!


    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I know, right? And yes, she is! Those stock photos just don’t do her justice at all! So true – she looks good in everything! Thank you so much, Diamond! I’m excited to post it soon! 😀

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    Maddie December 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Seriously girl, those 3 reasons are all perfect for helping somebody who is debating whether or not to buy her. And CONGRATS!!! I’m so happy Lea (sorry, I know you re-named her… but apparently I HAVE TO WAIT IN SUSPENSE Till I find out?) made her way into your wonderful family!! And I agree once you take one photo…. you can’t stop ???

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you SOOOO much, Maddie! You always say the sweetest things! ? Thank you so much again! (YEP! Mwahaha! 😉 ) LOL, yes XD

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    Izzy December 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Eek! You got Lea! I knew it, I knew it, I KNEW IT!!! I just got a new doll too! Her name us Charlotte Anne Baker-Blythe, and she is seriously SO gorgeous! Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!


    P.S. Yes, I’m Izzy again. It’s just better. ?

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hehehe! 😀 Ooh, Charlotte sounds AWESOME! Is she an AG doll or another doll? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too, Izzy!

      P.S. Hehe! ?

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        Anonymous December 31, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        She’s an AG doll-she’s TM #61.

        • Madison
          Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

          That is so awesome! Congratulations! 😀

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    Gracie December 31, 2016 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on getting Lea! For some reason, I never really felt like I wanted Lea (*Shrinks and runs away*), but it does seem like people do love her!

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Gracie! Actually, I felt the exact same way until my BFF in real life got Lea. Then I started pouring over photoshoots of her online, and I knew I had to get her. XD LOL! ?

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    Cherry cola22 December 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Congrats on Lea! She is extremely photogenic! Are you changing her name?

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kiki! She sure is! And yes, I am! Her name will be revealed in the next photostory.

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        Cherry cola22 December 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

        You’re very welcome! Ooooh I can’t wait to find out her name! If you need any help or questions I’ll be glad to answer/help??

        • Madison
          Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

          Hehe! Thanks so much, Kiki! 😉 ?

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    Olive December 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I new it was her! i knew it was her!

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    Staff December 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Ahhh! She’s so pretty! This reminds me that I have to get to work on my story… Sigh… My friend nags me about it all the time, but then again what are friends for?

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she?! I love her so much! 😀 LOL! Good luck working on your story! 😀

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    Rutvi December 31, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply


    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Rutvi! ?

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    i recently got lea and she is an absloute must have her hair is un messable
    also american girl sold out of them but everyyone get her at there local khols store

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she amazing?!
      Oh no, American Girl sold out of Lea dolls? True, true, Kohl’s has them!

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    also her collection is musthave i only have her swimsuit but that itself is amazing
    and sorry for my weird written english
    i happen to type real fast and forget to write words and put extra letters or replace um

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Aren’t her outfits awesome? I have her Celebration Outfit and her Bahia Outfit! LOL, that’s okay! 😀

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    Light4theLord December 31, 2016 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Madi, oh, Madi. NOOOO!! I just got over the fact that I can’t get her no matter what… and now you’ve made me want her even more again! HOW COULD YOU?!?!?!?! I. absolutely. love. her. But I’m supposed to be working on being content. *scowls* It’s so hard when you take such good pictures!!! WHY?!?!??!? Anyways, congratulations on your-newly-renamed-and-aquired-Lea-doll-that’s-not-named-Lea-anymore! I can’t wait to see her profile – I just got Madi’s up, so yeah… I can’t wait to see her even more! Maybe you will end up entering her into my feature next year (haha, tomorrow!)! Happy Almost New Year! Oh, and I meant to comment when I first saw this but wasn’t sure if we were supposed to yet!
    ~ Light4theLord

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Aw, I am SO sorry you can’t get her!! 🙁 🙁 🙁 But Madi is SUPER DUPER INCREDIBLY PHENOMENALLY awesome! Who wants a Lea when you have a Madelon? ?
      Oooh, new feature?! :O :O 😀 😀 By the way, I just checked Dolls N’ All (WordPress isn’t alerting me of your newest posts! GRR! I’m off to go read them now.) and I LOVE the header! It looks so beautiful and amazing!
      Yeah, originally all the comments were going to be lost, but I had to postpone the server switch until after New Year’s ’cause it was taking too long for what I needed to post. XD

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        Anonymous December 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm - Reply

        Me too *wipes away tear*! True… 😀 Yes, I’m super excited about it (it’s the third post that’s scheduled tomorrow!) That explains… 😀 Thanks! It took forever to get Blogger to do it *rolls eyes* right, but it ended up okay! Oh, good. Not that I’m glad that you had to postpone it, but now I can comment still!
        ~ Light4theLord

        • Madison
          Madison December 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

          Yeah, it can be hard to get new stuff up just the way you want it! My dad and I spent FOREVER trying to get my blog to stop cutting off half of my header. LOL! XD Thank you! YAY, I love your comments! ?

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      Grace | The Girl Upstairs December 31, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      LOL! Just survive a few more hours, L4tL! XD

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    also one of the reasons she is easy to photograph is because she is pretty matte

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    also in my magazing that was supposed to come tommrow
    said that gabriela mcbride is hear for more than a year it said throught 2017 and beyond

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Wait, really? Gabriela isn’t just for 2017?

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        Joy December 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

        Nope! I got the catalog early and it says something like and for the first time available for 2017 and beyond! You got Lea! I also have lea and I am super glad I finally have a doll that you have too! Congrats!

        Serving a Him in song- Joy

        • Madison
          Madison December 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

          WOW! That is so cool! And different! Thanks for telling me, Salwa and Joy! And yes, I did! Thank you so much! That is so cool you have Lea, too! Thanks again, Joy!

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    Joan December 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    That coat and hat outfit is gorgeous. Lea is lovely. Glad you have her. Wishing you and yours a blessed,healthy and happy 2017.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Isn’t it? I got it for Christmas and I really love it! And thank you SO much, Joan, Marion and Marilyn! Same to you all!

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    yup isnt that amazing and kinda annoying at the same time becuase she may be girl of the year 2018 to and every insane doll collector allready has doll #46

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I wish AG hadn’t just used #46 for her. :/

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    Mya December 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I love Lea too! I think everyone should get her.

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she awesome? 😀

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        Mya December 31, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply


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    Jackylina December 31, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Lea has unfortunately been sold out from AG for a while now, even before Christmas. I hope she still is available at Kohls for those that still want her. I was the same as you – saw other people’s photos of her, fell in love, and then she happened to go on sale early in her release and I had the great opportunity to own a GOTY while she was GOTY. It’s been amazing. I have to say, I think the only doll who is more beautiful than her is Elizabeth.
    That rumor about Gabriela has also just changed – her items will be available beyond 2017, but the doll herself will not.
    Madi, what do you think about Gabriela? Is she on your list of wish dolls?

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks for letting me know! I feel kind of silly for posting this now since she’s already sold out. 😛

      Isn’t Lea an incredible doll? I can’t believe I didn’t decide to buy/ask for her sooner. I am so glad I finally have her before she sold out!

      As of now, I’m not too interested in Gabriela. #46 is cute, but she’s never been on my wish list. How about you? Do you plan on getting Gabriela?

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    Jackylina December 31, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I may be wrong on that rumor though. Someone already has a catalog and it says Gabriela will be available for longer than a year.

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I’ve heard about that! One person has speculated that it’s because Gabriela will be the last Girl of the Year doll and will move into the “Modern Girl” line. But it’s just a rumor, so I don’t know.

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    samanthadolls December 31, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Guess what Madi?! I just got home from the AG place, where I bought #21! I’ve told you this like a hundred times, but she will be a little sister and her name is Paisley! ?. I got so much more, and will be posting a giveaway tomorrow! I like Lea but I guess I didn’t love her enough to get her.. ?

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    ginnie December 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Congrats on getting Lea!!! Isn’t she just the most gorgeous thing? We debated on getting her too because we thought she looked similar to our Rebecca but she really is one of a kind. I got her for my niece for Christmas and even though we already have her, when she opened her, the new Lea still took my breath away. 🙂 I also think that Gabriela might be the last GOTY doll that AG will be doing. I’m not sure what they will be doing instead, but we are definitely glad that we decided to get Lea when we did.

    ginnie /

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Ginnie! She sure is! I’m so glad you guys got her, too! I’m hoping that American Girl will continue the GOTY line – I’ve always loved staying up each year and seeing her being added to the AG shop. But I’m excited to see what AG plans to do instead if anything at all! 😀

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        ginnie December 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        I love GOTY too! I will be sad if they discontinue the line. I am sad that they won’t be doing any big ticket items for Gabriela. It would have been nice especially if she’s the last GOTY.


        • Madison
          Madison December 31, 2016 at 9:31 pm - Reply

          Same here! If the GOTY line was going to go away, at least it could go with a bang. :/

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    AGfan December 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year!! I’m so happy you got Lea. Lately I have been trying to decide whether or not to get Lea and you persuaded my decision!! Thank you so much!!!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Happy New Year, AGfan! Me, too! Wow, really?! Aw, you’re so welcome! I hope you’re able to get her somewhere! They sell Lea dolls at Kohl’s, I know, but she is sold out on the AG website. 🙁

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    Olivia Bell (aka Livy) December 31, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness! She is GORGEOUS! How beautiful she is!! I’m so excited that you got her!! :D:D I actually didn’t really know about her, LOL! I think she is so pretty, I can’t wait to see the post of her meeting the dolls! So exciting! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she?! I am SO glad I got her! And LOL! Thank you so much, Livy! I can’t wait to post it! 😀 😀

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    not to offend anyone but i was reading in my magazine that i may be translating wrong but here it is of what i saidthe 18″ gabriela doll will be here throughtout 2017 and beyond in a ,little purple circle
    but i was just asking or making somwthing clear if what wrote here was a misunderstanding

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      A few others have figured that she’ll be available beyond 2017, too, so I don’t think it was a misunderstanding – I just had no idea, LOL! Thanks for sharing, Salwa! 😀

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    Salwa Din December 31, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    btw i am in love with those booots
    i kinda wanna know were u got um
    but ANYWAYS happy new years

    • Madison
      Madison December 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      I got them for Christmas with a doll outfit! I’m going to be doing a what-I-got-for-Christmas post soon and I’ll find the exact outfit name for you. Happy New Years, Salwa!

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    Salwa January 1, 2017 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Happy new years to u to
    Its still not time year and that’s so nice of u
    Thank u
    And I love love what I got for Christmas
    Blogs post and videos
    Ur so sweet

    • Madison
      Madison January 1, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Aw, thanks so much, Salwa! Thank YOU! 😀

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    kaitlynrh1 January 1, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Great post! I really hope I get her from my other family gathering tomorrow!

    • Madison
      Madison January 1, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Thanks, Kaitlyn! Ooh, I hope so too! Good luck on getting her!

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    Salwa Din January 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    im so sad lea is gone but still happpy cause a new doll is out and i am obssessed with her eyes

    • Madison
      Madison January 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Me, too! I wonder how popular Gabriela will be this year! 🙂

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    samanthadolls January 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Madison, I’m just wondering what you use to apply your watermarks? Is it picmonkey? How much time does it take! Thank you SO much, it’ll really help me!

    • Madison
      Madison January 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      I’ve actually never used PicMonkey before – it sounds pretty cool, though! I used to use a watermarking plugin from WordPress, but when I switched to higher-quality pictures it didn’t work as well. Now I watermark my pictures in a free app for the Mac called PhotoScape X. It does take an extremely annoying amount of time, but now my pictures can never be stolen (in 2013, one blog literally copied every single blog post I had ever done. 🙁 Since then, I never post a picture without watermarking it first). I type “” into the text box and make sure the shadowing and opacity is the way I like it. Then I copy “” so I can paste it instead of type it every time. If you have any other questions, I’d be glad to help! You’re totally welcome! Good luck with watermarking your pictures! 😀

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        AGfan January 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Oh my goodness!! I can’t believe someone would do that to you!! 🙁 Like, who does that?! P.S. Sorry for butting into your conversation, i just couldn’t help myself 😛

        • Madison
          Madison January 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

          I know, right? It was extremely frustrating for me! 🙁

          P.S. No worries! I do that all the time. 😛 XD I love your comments! <3

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            AGfan January 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

            It’s like: COL (cry out loud) !! 🙂 🙂 😛

            • Madison
              Madison January 15, 2017 at 6:39 am - Reply

              Hahaha, exactly! ?

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    Samiya B. January 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, Lea is so pretty and photogenic!! I just got Gabriela McBride for my 13th birthday a few days ago. You know, at first I thought she looked pretty, but since I have both Cécile and MyAg #47, I thought she would look too similar. But my mom and dad got her for me and I realized that she looks very different. Her curls are silkier than Cécile’s and her skin is actually a lighter shade of brown.
    Anyway, I hope you enjoy ? Lea!
    Happy New Year!!!! ???

    ~Samiya ☺️

    • Madison
      Madison January 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Isn’t she? And ooh, happy birthday, Samiya! Congratulations on getting Gabriela! That’s really interesting that she looks very different from Cécile and #47.
      Thank you so much! Enjoy Gabriela! Happy New Year! 😀

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