Ellen DeGeneres confirmed on her daytime talk show that she will be the new face of CoverGirl Cosmetics starting in January:
You know how I always like to share what's going on in my life with you all, and I was going to give you some news, and unfortunately rumors started circulating all over the internet. I am here to set the record straight right now. I am not pregnant. It just turned out to be a bump. I went and had it checked out. ... That's not the news. I am the new face of CoverGirl.
DeGeneres will be the first out celebrity to be the face of the CoverGirl. DeGeneres has been making waves and breaking down barriers for some time now. More Ellen love after the jump.
Ellen has also used her fame on her incredibly popular show to bring LGBT issues to the masses. She put out a powerful message about the murder of openly gay 15 year old Lawrence King and the cultural attitudes that made the teenager killer think it was okay to shoot Lawrence. She took on gun-toting homobigot Sally Kern.
Ellen also took McCain to task on his stance on marriage equality and brought it up to Laura and Jenna Bush as well. She has talked openly and honestly about her marriage to Portia de Rossi, even sharing her wedding photos and video on her show.
There has been some debate on whether Ellen's visibility on LGBT issues is enough. In Karen Ocamb's blog about Prop 8 funding yesterday, the fact that DeGeneres has not given money to help defeat the proposition was brought up by some. The lack of her financial support to No on 8 PACs was made even more evident by the news that Ellen and new wife de Rossi are throwing a fundraiser event for Prop 2, an animal rights bill.
I actually think that DeGeneres has given a lot to the fight against Prop 8 and other anti-LGBT initiatives with her outspokenness. I would love to see her write a check or throw a fundraiser, but if I had to choose, I would hope she continues to change hearts and minds with her public star power.
All in all, it is great to see her continue to not only succeed while being so out and vocal, but also do it with such grace, class, and humor. She is doing what many of us cannot- taking the fight for LGBT rights into people's living rooms every day.