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Jan 10, 2011 at 10:59am IST

"Freida Pinto has not replaced Ash"

Reports of Frieda replacing Aishwarya Rai as the ambassador. came up after the she featured in the company's new television commercial.

"We are shocked and surprised to read in some sections of the media/press about Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being replaced as the face of L'Oreal Paris," said an official statement from the firm.

"L'Oreal Paris strongly reiterates that this is absolutely untrue and that Ms. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan continues to be our valued spokesperson, as she has since 2000. While she remains an integral part of the L'Oreal Paris world wide Dream Team, she was unfortunately unavailable for our New Year commercial shoot due to prior commitments.

"Freida Pinto has not replaced Ash"

Officials of a cosmetic company refute rumours of Freida replacing Ash as their ambassador

"She is one of the most iconic women of our times and is certainly the face of L'Oreal Paris internationally and in India for a range of products which include campaigns for Total Repair 5, Excellence Crème, Color Riche, Hydrafresh," the statement added.