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(TMZ) Ray Rice's wife Janay is ready for her close up ... meeting up with beauty specialists before her big "Today" show interview with Matt Lauer. 

With cameras set up in her Maryland home, Janay Palmer -- the woman Ray KO'd in the elevator back in February -- invited over a local company that specializes in photo shoots to gussy her up. 

The company is called Franchon Parlour -- and it does everything from wardrobe selection to hair extensions. 

It's clear that Janay and Ray want it to look like the interview is all about Janay -- but our NBC sources tell us Ray is the main reason they want this interview. And, our sources say Ray WILL be participating in some way even though his people say he is not yet committed.

We're told Ray was at the home when Janay went on camera.

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