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Cuban-American beauty Eva Mendes is known for her dark, exotic looks. She was first noticed as a brunette vixen in Will Smith's "Miami" video, eventually breaking through as Denzel Washington's hot Latina girlfriend in "Training Day."
As an actress on the rise, it made sense to keep her dark look steady. But as we've seen before, once a gal becomes mega-famous, anything goes -- including hair color. As Eva picked up lead movie roles and cosmetics contracts, she gradually lightened up. Today she works quite happily as a honey-highlighted blonde.