13 APRIL 2005

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When a bikini-clad Demi Moore emerged onto the beach in Charlie's Angels 2, much was made of her age-defying good looks. Two years later the actress seems to be losing none of her allure, as she has been chosen to take over from Madonna as the face of Versace.

Now 42 years old, Demi will appear on billboards and magazine pages for the Italian fashion house. And Versace has evidently rejected the industry norm of only using very young models - the Material Girl had already turned 45 when she posed for last year's campaign.

Rumours the GI Jane star would be modelling for the firm first began circulating last week after she was spotted having dinner with Donatella and photographer Mario Testino in London. After dining at the fashionable Vong restaurant, the party moved on to Fifty Casino on St James' Street.

Demi's 27-year-old boyfriend Ashton Kutcher has meanwhile laughed off reports the couple are expecting their first child together. "Why am I the last person to find out everything?," he joked. "I'm going to be a daddy? God, no one tells me anything." His girlfriend's publicist, Stephen Huvane, avoided giving an outright rejection when questioned about the rumours, however. "Having another child is something Demi would like to do, but she cannot at this time say she is pregnant," he said.

Donatella says she wants to appeal to sophisticated, empowered women. Demi takes over from the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna, in the advertisements
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