1.30.2014

CB Loves Haley O'Brien, Miss Minnesota USA 2014!







You go to college right now. What is your favorite subject and why? 

I’m currently going to school for medical biology with a minor in chemistry, so I’d say I’m a tad bit biased toward the sciences (sorry English and History). I love organic chemistry, or as we nerds call it, “O-chem.” I remember when I first decided to become a premedical student I was warned time and time again of the torture that is organic chemistry. So when I sat in class that first day, I was scared half to death. Thankfully, the farther into the course I got, the easier it became. Now, I love organic so much that sometimes I find myself doing synthesis problems for fun. “Ok, let’s see, NaOH and a peroxide would move the carbon chain here because of rearrangement..” It’s kind of like my version of a crossword puzzle. Yeah, I know….. I need a life. Luckily, I left the course with an A and the title of “first ranked student.” Woo hoo!

Give three adjectives that your friends would describe you.

1. Nerdy –As you can probably see from my love of organic chemistry, I don’t hide my nerdiness. I am a self-professed nerd. I am obsessed with LOTR, or Lord of the Rings to normal folk. I am so obsessed that I not only own all three extended editions, the special edition chess set, and a life-size movie poster; but I am also the proud owner of both a LOTR paperweight and the Sky Mall “one ring to rule them all.” Come to think of it, I’m probably the only twenty-one year old that owns a paperweight let alone a LOTR-themed one.
2. Energetic – Whether it’s five in the morning or eleven at night, I am full of energy. Surprisingly, I can stay awake without the help of Redbull or coffee – although I do love a good mocha every so often. I’m like the energizer bunny. I just keep going and going and going…
3. Unique – I pride myself on being a natural redhead, which means I am one of 2% of the world’s population. We gingers are about as unique as they come.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Red, white, and blue. My hair is red, my skin is as white as paper, and I own way too many blue shirts. Some call it patriotic, others just say I’m a typical redhead with a blue shirt obsession.

How do you measure success?

Success is an extremely individualized measurement.  In pertinence to my life, I achieve success when I reach certain mile markers and/or goals in my life. For instance, I will feel successful when I gain acceptance to a medical school and when I am given my white coat upon graduating from that medical school. I will also feel successful on my wedding day and the days I give birth to my children. Success is the feeling that accompanies the knowledge that you have given your whole self to a cause or goal you hold dear.

How do you handle criticism?

I do not think anyone likes criticism; but as you grow older, you begin to understand the need for constructive criticism. When I was younger, I hated when someone told me to try harder or improve in a certain area; however, I now understand that if the criticism is coming from someone you love, it’s worth listening to. I am hopeful that I handle all forms of criticism well. If it is constructive criticism coming from someone who cares about my future and my well-being, I will listen and respond accordingly. If it is criticism meant only to hurt…like my older sister telling me that I look like an ugly mess, I will typically ignore it.  Love you, Erin!



If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why?

I would definitely be a giraffe! Why? Because they are the coolest looking animals I’ve ever seen. You can’t look a giraffe and not smile. Plus, if I was a giraffe, my neck would be so long that I could reach the freshest, tastiest leaves on the trees while the other animals had to eat the mushy ground leaves. Haha, suckers!

Name three pet peeves.

1. People who talk extremely loudly on their cell phones - My mother does this constantly. Every time she answers the phone its like she’s screaming. “HELLLLOOOOOOO!!” I always tell her she doesn’t need to shout, but she never listens. Maybe she can’t hear me over all the screaming…
2. When you’re driving on a two-lane highway and a person pulls up right behind you but doesn’t go around you. It always freaks me out!! I get so annoyed and start talking to myself, “Why don’t you go around me…. Just go around me!!”
3. When you buy electronics and they are packaged in that weird plastic wrapping that you can’t get off without scissors. You always try to bite it open but you just hurt yourself….

What will you never do?

Well, I’ll never jump of a building without a parachute, eat a pizza blindfolded while driving, or cut off my own hand with a rusty fork…. There are a lot of things I will never do. But the one thing I can say I’ll never do with confidence is any type of illegal drug. I have absolutely no interest in that type of activity whatsoever.

Can you survive without Diet Coke and Leeann Chin?

Ooooo, that’s a tough one. I probably could, but not for very long. I think I’d die within days, maybe even hours. No, I am capable of living without them. Surprisingly…brace yourself….. I haven’t had a Diet Coke or Leeann Chin in over a month, and….I’m still alive! I know.. I’m as surprised as you are.



True or False: People who are attractive tend to be more successful?

False - Ironically, I did a field research study on this exact topic. As I mentioned previously, I am a bio-medical major; however, I hold a double major in psychology as well. As my honor’s capstone research project, I conducted a field study entitled, “Beauty Blind.” To summarize the study in short, I conducted numerous field experiments in one of two conditions. The first condition (I) being one where my appearance was socially labeled as  “unattractive” and the second (II) being one where my appearance was socially labeled as “attractive.” In other words, I conducted seven different field experiments while being either “unattractive” or “attractive” and registered people’s responses to my outer appearance. The conditions were controlled with a talented group of makeup and hair professionals who were capable of changing my outer appearance to fit the desired condition, being either “unattractive” or “attractive.” The results were somewhat disheartening. I was treated with much more kindness and respect when I appeared “attractive” versus “unattractive.” 

During one field experiment titled “Five Dollars Short,” I was given permission by the store clerk to underpay for a group of items at a local grocery store despite being five dollars short. Unfortunately, this is a prime example of the halo effect. The halo effect revolves around the occurrence that we as humans unconsciously associate attractive individuals with other good qualities, such as honesty, intelligence, and health. Therefore, we are more apt to treat them with kindness or go out of our way to help them. Unfortunately, the halo effect is not limited to attractiveness. It goes hand in hand with stereotyping, racism, and sexism. It is said time and time again that attractive individuals are statistically more likely to make more money. This occurs NOT because attractive people are more successful, but because we as a society unjustly award people with certain qualities unfair advantages. During the experiment I conducted, I was the same person with the same personality. I treated people in the same manner and used the same script of words. The only thing I changed was my outer appearance. This type of change should not have brought about the large differences in treatment I experienced. We as a society need to start looking past the physical, and begin measuring one’s capability for success by means such as work ethic, passion, intellect, and commitment.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

It sounds extremely cheesy and cliché, but I’d love to have every person in this world be able to look in the mirror and love what he/she sees.

Do you have a problem saying "no"?

It really depends who is asking me for something. If my little brother is asking me for money, saying “no” is no problem! On the other hand, if it is my best friend asking me to help her with something, it will be tough for me to say no.



Describe a romantic date.

Oh boy. Is there an unlimited budget for this date? ;) Hmmm…let’s see. Mr. Tall, dark, and handsome would come pick me up from my house on a white stallion. He would be bearing gifts of chocolates and flowers. He would tell me I was breathtakingly beautiful even though I was wearing St. Cloud State sweatpants and a Star Wars t-shirt. We would head off to an ice cream parlor where we would talk and eat mountains of ice cream together…because everyone knows any date with ice cream is a good date (unless your lactose intolerant…). We would then head off to a nearby lake where we would canoe out to an area filled with swans, which I would proceed to feed. It would then begin to rain and we would have to quickly row back to shore (I may or may not have stolen that portion from the notebook…). Later, after it had stopped raining, we would finish the night off with a stroll on the beach during sunset. He would then drop me back at my house, walk me to the door like a gentleman, and tell me that I could keep the horse. That would be one killer date.

Your craziest or funniest tweet so far.

I am a true Minnesotan. I just wore shorts to go buy wild rice at Target.”

Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

I remember watching my first Miss USA pageant when I was eight. I sat on the floor of the living room staring at the beautiful girls that walked the stage. Every single one of them appeared like a goddess to me, floating across the glittering stage in their elegant evening gowns. Of course, I was quick to find Minnesota and cheer as loudly as I could for her. I felt a connection to her. She was from Minnesota and so was I. She was, to me, always the most beautiful contestant. I swore to myself I would be her one day - even though my older sister was always there to remind me I was too ugly. Thanks, Erin. 

Then, in 2010 I decided to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota Teen USA. I was lucky enough to win. I was crowned the same time as my sister queen, Courtney Basara, Miss Minnesota USA 2010. It was not till that year that I realized why I had always wanted to compete for Miss USA. Courtney showed me first hand the purpose of pageantry. As a seventeen-year-old girl, I looked up to her. I elevated her to a different level than anyone else I have ever known. She was my role model. I wanted to be just like her. Thankfully, Courtney is an amazing person. Through her studies as a mechanical engineer, she showed me that beauty and brains can coincide. She showed me that you can never be too giving, too kind, or too humble. She showed me that the beauty queens I once idolized were real, kind, funny, and even a little bit nerdy. They were people just like me. 

I want to be the next Miss USA because I want to be that example to someone. I don't want to be an aloof, untouchable "beauty queen." I don't want to be someone who intimidates with her beauty. Instead, I want to use beauty to inspire. I want to be someone's "Courtney." I want to be the best friend to someone who needs it, the older sister to someone who doesn't have one, or the listening ear to someone who feels like no one cares. I want to be the beauty queen that is inviting and welcoming. I would love to be a Miss USA that girls can "hang out with." A Miss USA that they could see watching scary movies with in sweatpants while eating Cheetos. It is that type of person that can have the biggest effect on young women's lives. Courtney was not my role model just because she wore that "Minnesota" sash on the glittering Miss USA stage, but because I was able to share intimate conversations with her in our t-shirts and sweatpants. It was those heart to heart moments of real human interaction with a beauty queen that have inspired me the most.



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1.29.2014

Puteri Indonesia 2014 (Miss Indonesia 2014)




Elvira Devinamira (#21) is crowned as Puteri Indonesia 2014 by Puteri Indonesia 2013 Whulandary Herman during Puteri Indonesia 2014 Beauty Pageant at Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 29, 2014.  She will compete in Miss Universe 2014 pageant. The reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler assisted in the coronation. Elfin Pertiwi Rappa, (#7) representing South Sumatra, was crowned Miss International Indonesia 2014 (Puteri Indonesia 2014 Lingkungan) and will represent Indonesia in the Miss International 2014.Thirty eight beauty contestants entered the final. [Photo: Xinhua/Veri Sanovri]


Elvira Devinamira, newly-crowned Puteri Indonesia 2014, greets audience during Puteri Indonesia 2014 Beauty Pageant at Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 29, 2014.  


1.25.2014

CB Loves Angelia Layton, Miss Utah USA 2014!





How did you become interested in pageants?

When I was in 7th grade, there was a modeling camp in my local community; my mom wanted me to be a part of it. I did it and loved it; that led me to enter my first pageant “Miss Independence” (a local pageant with a large group of girls in my community) and I won. The rest is history.


Give three adjectives that your friends would describe you.


Quirky. Driven. Sweet.


What do you see when you look in the mirror?


I see a lucky girl who has been very blessed.


How do you measure success?


Honestly success is about giving whatever it is you’re passionate about 110% and ALWAYS being who YOU are, and not who you think you should be. To me, that is success-- no matter the outcome. 





How do you handle criticism?

I actually like criticism, as long as it’s constructive. I am very confident in who I am, but I am always looking to improve and become a better version of myself. So I’d say I can handle it pretty well.


If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why?

I have always been fascinated with Zebras. I think they are such BEAUTIFUL animals.


Name three pet peeves.

It takes a lot to annoy me; however, mean people are my huge pet peeve. Is it that hard to be nice? I also hate clutter and overly persistent Facebook users. LOL!




What will you never do?

Drugs. Hands down. They have never been tempting to me in any way.


Got any favorite reality shows?

Survivor! 


True or False: People who are attractive tend to be more successful.


Looks have nothing to do with your drive to success. It may just be an added bonus!


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

This is the most cliché answer but I honestly want world peace! It would be amazing if the entire world were actually at peace and everyone could live happily.


Do you have a problem saying "no"?



No. LOL!





Describe a romantic date.

It doesn’t have to be elaborate but a nice candlelit dinner, good conversation, with delicious food and most importantly a great dessert. 


Your craziest or funniest tweet so far.


Sometimes I forget to tweet. But I would say last weekend when I tweeted a picture of Harry Styles and me at Sundance. His fans went crazy!


Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?


It’s something I have dreamed about before I can remember. Representing the United States and empowering women to become the best they can be, and to achieve their dreams - that would mean the world to me.



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1.24.2014

CB Loves Jordan Wessel, Miss Arizona USA 2014!




PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRAD OLSON

How did you become interested in pageants?

Last July, I decided to compete in a fitness bikini competition after loosing 40 pounds 6 months’ prior. After the competition I was approached by one of my sorority sisters who was involved in the pageant organization and she originally put the idea in my head. At first I didn’t think I wanted to compete because I had such a false perception as to what pageants truly were. The more I researched and talked to former pageant winners I decided that it was a great opportunity for me. I figured I had nothing to lose but everything in the world to gain. I went into the weekend as excited and optimistic as can be, I made so many new friends, and I was lucky enough to be crowned.


Give three adjectives that your friends would describe you.


Genuine. Confident. Selfless.


What do you see when you look in the mirror?


I see a strong, independent, confident young woman. I am so proud of all of the progress that I’ve made over the past 8 months. I have completely mentally and physically transformed myself. I set so many goals for myself and I am accomplishing them solely because I believe in myself and I know how strong I am.


How do you measure success?


I measure success by the way you view yourself. If you are proud of yourself and proud of what you’re accomplishing then you are successful. I don’t believe that true success can be measured by materialistic things.




How do you handle criticism?

I truly believe that you are your own toughest critic. I am constantly giving myself constructive criticism because I am always striving to be the best I can be. I also love to hear constructive criticism from my loved ones or people who have an influence on me because I feel like I can take that and better myself. However, when it’s criticism coming from people who are just trying to put me down then I ignore it. 


If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why?


That is a tough one, but I think I would want to be a bird. I mainly would want this because I want to be able to travel and see as much of the world as possible. I like the idea of being able to fly from place to place whenever I wanted.


Name three pet peeves.


People who pity themselves

People who chew with their mouth open
People who don’t work for what they have



What will you never do?

I will never let someone take care of me. I always want to work for the things that I have, and know that I earned my success because of my own hard work. I’m far too independent to be a trophy wife. Haha!


Got any favorite reality shows?

My favorite show of all time is Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. I am such a huge fan of Chris Powell and I think it’s absolutely amazing how much of a positive influence he has on people. Nothing is more exciting to me than watching people accomplish their goals, especially when it comes to physical and mental transformations. I tear up every episode; it's ridiculous. 


True or False: People who are attractive tend to be more successful.


I think success makes people more attractive because of the way they carry themselves. Successful people tend to believe in themselves more and more confident, which in return makes them more attractive.


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?


I would change the unequal distribution of wealth. I know that sounds weird, but I think that the root of evil really is money. Some people have way too much of it, while others don't even have enough to pay for their basic necessities. I don’t believe that money buys happiness, but I do think that it is difficult to be entirely happy when there is such a stress put on money. Our society has unfortunately made money the center of everything, and put it into our heads that we can’t be happy unless we are able to have an abundant amount of materialistic things. It’s always about “keeping up with the jones.” Don’t get me wrong I think that people who work hard should definitely be able to have more wealth and a more prosperous life. However, I don’t think it’s fair that while some people are swimming in money other individuals in other countries can’t even cover basic necessities. I would hope that by distributing wealth a little bit more people will stop focusing so much on money and start focusing on the things in life that truly matter. The most valuable things in life can’t be bought, and if the stress of money could be lessened I think more people would be able to realize that.

 
Do you have a problem saying "no"?



No, I don’t have a problem saying no. Haha! I think it takes a strong person to say no whenever something goes against their beliefs or their values. 




Describe a romantic date.

Food is the way to my heart so I think going to a nice candlelit dinner somewhere is always so romantic.  


Your craziest or funniest tweet so far.


My craziest tweet was one that I had sent while I was doing interviews on the red carpet at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas last month. I was working an after party and I met DeeJay Silver and he and I took a picture and he tweeted it saying how awesome it was to meet me. I was on cloud nine the entire time. 


Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?


I want to be the next Miss USA because I feel like I could have such a positive impact on people. I love the fact that I am able to be a role model for people and inspire them to reach their goals. I am a down to earth young woman who has been through a lot in order to be in my current position. I would absolutely love the opportunity to network with so many incredible people all over the USA and in other countries as well. I know that I would be able to represent the USA in a positive way and I would do whatever it took to make sure that I was the best Miss USA I could possibly be. 


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1.23.2014

Miss Nicaragua 2013 Nastassja Bolivar dethroned


NASTASSJA BOLIVAR / PHOTO CREDIT: FADIL BERISHA/MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Miss Nicaragua 2013 Nastassja Bolívar had her crown taken away, according to a statement from the country’s local Miss Universe franchise. The surprise move has shocked the country.

The director of the franchise, Karen Celebertti, decided that Bolívar “will have no involvement in the official events” for the Miss Nicaragua Organization. Celebertti alleged that the conflict began shortly after Bolívar was elected to represent Nicaragua, and insubordination led to the beauty queen losing her title.

Bolívar, 25, who resides in Miami, Florida, landed in the final 16 of the Miss Universe pageant held in Russia in November of last year (Miss Costa Rica also attained a spot in the top 16). Bolívar won first place in the category of Best National Costume among the 89 participants.

The beauty queen reacted to the decision by saying that “with or without the crown” she intends to support any cultural or social project that requires her participation in and out of Nicaragua. But she has said little else about the situation.

The disagreements between Bolívar and Celebertti were evident over the weekend when the reigning queen did not participate in the presentation of Miss Nicaragua 2014 candidates.

However, the origin of the conflict occurred before the Miss Universe pageant, when Bolívar “in her own decision” left pageant preparation in Nicaragua and moved to Miami, Celebertti said in the statement. She added that the beauty queen also removed her manager, and gave that role to her mother.

Celebertti said to avoid giving the country a bad image, she allowed Bolívar to enter Miss Universe, and paid her entry fee, airplane ticket and baggage.

The dispute between the two women has sparked reactions on social media and in the press, with Bolívar and Celebertti receiving heaps of support and criticism.

Ex-Miss Nicaragua 1991 Ana Pereira said she was worried for the “painful image” that’s being sent by Celebertti’s decision. She said the country ought to be above egos and whims.

Source: TicoTimes.net, January 21, 2014

NASTASSJA DURING THE SWIMSUIT SEGMENT OF MISS UNIVERSE 2013 CONTEST IN MOSCOW LAST DECEMBER.
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1.22.2014

CB Loves Jesica Ahlberg, Miss Alabama USA 2014!





How did you become interested in pageants?

In high school, a photographer that I worked with asked to sponsor me for a local pageant. I nervously entered, wearing the dress I wore to homecoming, and I won! Meeting new people with similar ambitions and being on stage... It is truly an addicting experience


Give three adjectives that your friends would describe you.


I just texted my best friend to see what she would actually say. "Inspiring, Loyal, and Passionate."  [Awwww! Cliché, but i'll take it!]


What do you see when you look in the mirror?


How badly I need a tan..


How do you measure success?


I set personal goals with everything I do, so that's my measuring stick.  I really don't compare myself to anyone else when it comes to success.


How do you handle criticism?

I love constructive criticism when it comes to my work. It makes me better at what I do. Everyone has something to say about everything. You just have to be confident in yourself. Know that you are stronger for putting yourself out there and for having big dreams. 


If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why?


I would be a lioness. She is strong, she takes care of the pack, she hunts and feeds everyone, she's nurturing and you don't want to cross her. She also lays out often. I would like to lay out often.


Name three pet peeves.


Driving slow in the left lane. Leaving the lights on. When people put tomatoes on my sandwiches after I tell them fourteen times not to put tomatoes on my sandwiches.



What will you never do?

I will (almost) never say never. I'm open to all experiences, and as I grow, my interests grow with me.  I don't want to rule anything out.


Got any favorite reality shows?

I don't like reality TV. I also don't have too much time to watch TV, so when I do, I watch one of my favorites saved on my DVR, like Mindy Project or New Girl


True or False: People who are attractive tend to be more successful.


False. People who are driven tend to be more successful. 


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?


People not having to go to bed hungry. 

 
Do you have a problem saying "no"?



I dunno, umm, not really. I mean, maybe. If that's ok with you? lol... Joking aside, No I do not. I've always been quite confident in my decisions and knowing where I stand. I've never really been peer pressured to do anything I didn't want to do.


Describe a romantic date.

I'd have to say April 25. Kidding! I think trying something new and exciting would be quite romantic, and unforgettable. 


Your craziest or funniest tweet so far.


 really have to remind myself to tweet, but if I'm going off my most recent popular tweet, I would have to say: "I bet Taylor [Swift] is exhausted from having to pretend to look shocked. #AMAs" [on winning another award at the AMA's] I'm pretty sarcastic and most of my tweets reflect that. 


Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?


Being crowned Miss USA is such an honor. The chance to represent our country at Miss Universe, while inspiring girls throughout the USA to dream big and make a difference. Who wouldn't want that?





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1.21.2014

CB Loves Olivia Olvera, Miss North Carolina USA 2014!



PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAMELA LUCAS

How did you become interested in pageants?

My interest in pageants started from a bet. The first pageant I ever competed in, my mother bet me to participate in it. Keep in mind, I had never worn high heels nor put on makeup. Luckily, I placed First Runner-Up and the next year went on to win the prestigious title of Miss South View High School. 


Give three adjectives that your friends would describe you.


Rebellious. Passionate. Kind.


What do you see when you look in the mirror?


When I look in the mirror, I see a woman who has overcome a significant amount of stereotypes.


How do you measure success?


measure success by the legacy you leave behind and the way people speak of you when you are not around.




How do you handle criticism?

Criticism can be a swift ‘punch in the gut’ at times, but I try to turn it into a positive. Lately people have been helping me to see things I need to work on so that I can become an overall better Olivia, they want to help make me the best I can be, otherwise they wouldn’t be giving their input.  


If you were to come back as an animal in the next life, what would you be and why?


If I
could be any animal in my next life, I would definitely want to come back as a butterfly. They are graceful and truly unique. The most beautiful thing about a butterfly is the fact that they have no idea how much happiness they bring just from their beautiful colors or the way they flutter. Perfect definition of a humble beauty.


Name three pet peeves.


Absence of: Please, Thank You, You’re Welcome, etc. 
Being taken advantage of
Talking with your mouth full


What will you never do?

won’t say never because of circumstances, but it would take A LOT of coaxing to make me sky dive.


Got any favorite reality shows?


love Real Housewives of Atlanta!  “I’m gone with the wind fabulous” haha!


True or False: People who are attractive tend to be more successful.


True
and False. It definitely depends on the person and how they view themselves.


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?


I would love to live in a world where we look at people and see their hearts, not the color of their skin. True beauty and happiness comes from within.

 
Do you have a problem saying "no"?


Absolutely not.



 

Describe a romantic date.

Candle-lit, picnic-style dinner at the lake. Lots of pillows to sit on too! I just love being outdoors and nothing is more romantic than a quiet setting being able to enjoy the stars. 


Your craziest or funniest tweet so far.


My 
funniest tweet so far would have to be when I stated I couldn’t wait to have kids so I could ‘terrorize them with elf on a shelf’.  Oops! (insert hysterical crying/laughing face)


Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?


Miss USA has the opportunity to be a role model, but the part of Miss USA’s job is the ability to work closely with the USO.  As a former Military Dependent, it would be a true honor to be able to use the Miss USA title and give back to those who so selflessly give for our freedom as Americans.

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