02-11-2010, 09:12 PM
Following in the footsteps of fresh-faced stars like Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Susie Castillo, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Garner, Diane Lane and Emma Roberts, Miranda Cosgrove is the latest member of the Neutrogena family. The 16-year-old recording artist and star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly has signed on as the beauty giant’s newest Brand Ambassador. “My friends and I have always loved the Neutrogena brand and their ability to help inspire confidence. So when I found out I was actually going to be part of the Neutrogena family I was really excited,” Cosgrove tells PEOPLE. “I have always looked up to many of the actresses who are already Neutrogena Ambassadors, and others are my peers, so it is an amazing honor for me to be part of this incredible group.” So what exactly was it about this new face on the block that made her a perfect fit? “Miranda embodies the youthful and vibrant spirit that has always been part of the Neutrogena brand” says Jim Colleran, President of Neutrogena. “We are proud to have her as our newest ambassador.” Susan Sweet, General Manager, Neutrogena, adds “Her energy will be a wonderful addition to our 2010 partnerships and initiatives.” Now a triple-threat, Cosgrove’s first ad for Neutrogena will break in early spring, as will her her debut solo album, while the actress will voice a character in Universal’s new animated feature Despicable Me opposite Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, opening in July.