Liya Kebede, international supermodel from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has another accolade under her tiny belt, as the new face of St. John.

Taking over where actress Angelina Jolie left off, Kebede—who was the first woman of color to represent Estee Lauder—is front and center (with her own page!) in the ads Blindie scanned above.

While most black models are thrown in the midst of a gaggle of blonde European waifs, Kebede touts her own page, while two Euro models share one. Blindie LOVES it!

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Will Smith was voted the top earning star of 2008 in the Quigley Publishing Company’s 77th annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll.

The Seven Pounds star beat out last year’s top Money Maker Johnny Depp and seven-time winner Tom Cruise, who both did not make the list this year. Smith is only the second African American to hold the title after Sidney Poitier nabbed the spot in 1968 following the success of the films Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and In the Heat of the Night.

Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale and Shia LaBeouf all made debut appearances on the list in second, third, and fourth places respectively.

The Quigley poll is conducted by the publishers of the International Motion Picture Almanac and surveys movie theater owners and film buyers to vote for the 10 stars they believe generated the most box office revenue for their theaters during the year.

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS

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Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha ended Hawaiian vacation on Thursday and flew back to their home state of Chicago.

After a 12-day vacation that included golfing, working out at the local Marine Corps Base, paying respects to his late grandmother, visiting the zoo with Malia and Sasha, and strolling shirtless on the beach, Obama and his future first family are heading to Washington D.C. after making a pit stop in Chicago.

This weekend the Obamas will take up temporary residence at the historic Hay-Adams hotel in D.C. for two weeks before moving into the Blair House, the official government guest residence, on January 15 and finally settling into the White House after the inauguration on January 20.

The family’s stay at the swank Hay-Adams hotel which runs upwards of $700 for a regular room to $6,000 for a Presidential Suite is being funded by private transition funds.

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