Cosmetic major L'Oreal Paris said reports on actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being replaced as the face of the brand due to her not being a part of their New Year commercial, are 'untrue'.
'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 on Saturday.
'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.'
'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,' read the statement.
According to reports, Ash was replaced by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE actor Freida Pinto after the former Miss World refused to be a part of L'Oreal's 'Happy New Year 2011' campaign.