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NEW YORK (AP) _ Brandy is the ``new face of beauty'' in the eyes of 1,300 cosmetic-industry executives, but to her, beauty comes from within.

``Beauty is from the inside. There are a lot of `beautiful' people who are not so beautiful because they're not nice. And there are a lot of really beautiful people who go unrecognized,'' she told The Associated Press.

Nonetheless, the 22-year-old singer-actress still looked the part of a fashion-and-beauty favorite, wearing a tan pantsuit and oversized hoop earrings, when she received her award from the Cosmetic Executive Women group Wednesday.

Brandy, the star of UPN's ``Moesha'' and a Grammy-winner, also is a model for Cover Girl and a co-founder of The Norwood Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focusing on children and youth.