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L’Oreal has named Indian actress (and lovely Ga Ga Girl) Freida Pinto the newest face of L’Oreal cosmetics.

“I am very moved to be joining the great L’Oreal Paris family and all these personalities: a family I am now proud to be a part of,” the Slumdog Millionaire beauty said in a statement.

Also joining the roster (which includes Beyonce, Penelope Cruz and Eva Longoria Parker) is Lost star Evangeline Lilly, who says, “It is a source of great pride for me to represent a brand whose ambition is to respond to every person’s aspirations to beauty and contribute to the fulfillment and well-being of everyone.”

Congrats, Freida!

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Fresh Prince-turned-King of the Box Office Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood’s best-paid actors, according to Forbes.

Taking in an estimated $80 million over the course of the year, Smith, who is frequently called “the hardest-working man in Hollywood,” has the star power–and the talent–to bring an audience to the box office, no matter the film’s genre (from Pursuit of Happyness to I Am Legend and Hancock).

Rounding out the Top 3: Johnny Depp with $72 million this year and Eddie Murphy with $55 million.

PHOTO: AP

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers player and ESPN NASCAR race analyst, Brad Daugherty, is the first African-American owner of a NASCAR team in the sport’s top series, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The 42-year-old North Carolina native announced that he has become a partner in JTG Racing. JTG/Daugherty Racing will have a Sprint Cup Series ride in 2009 with driver Marcus Ambrose.

“I’m proud that I’m the first African-American owner at this level,” Daugherty said. “I co-founded NASCAR’s Diversity council about 15 years ago, and a lot of people have spent a lot of time to make this sport more inclusive. I hope this will open some doors for more minorities to become involved in this great sport. I love NASCAR and I’m ready to go racin’.”

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