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It was five minutes before doors opened at Atlanta rock club The Earl, and Leslie Hall was backstage cramming her ample proportions into head-to-toe spandex.

She straightened the stuffed white tigers mounted to her shoulders. Blasted her towering blond, bouffant with another spritz of Aquanet and sprayed Febreze on the sweatier regions of a size-16 costume that was definitely dry clean-only.

"This is my Britney Spears-inspired circus outfit," said Hall, tracing her fingers along the lion tamer piping of the gold lamé onesie. "My mom made a plus-size one for me to wear." Read full article »

CNN's Doug Gross contributed to this report.

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