EXCLUSIVE: Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah Launch CoverGirl's Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign

01/05/2010 at 06:00 AM ET

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Being a Covergirl spokesperson has some serious perks, but none of them beats the opportunity to give back in a major way. As the latest addition to the makeup giant’s team, actress Dania Ramirez has already had the opportunity to travel to her native Dominican Republic to participate in the brand’s new CoverGirl Clean Makeup for Clean Water campaign and deliver a year’s supply of drinking water to villages in need, as part of the cosmetics company’s pledge to donate $500,000 to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water charity. “This program is especially important to me as I know firsthand that unsafe drinking water is a matter of life or death. When I was growing up in the Dominican Republic, we had to boil our water before drinking it so we didn’t get sick or worse,” the 30-year-old actress tells PEOPLE. “It means so much to me to give back such a simple gift as clean water!” Fellow CoverGirl spokesmodel Queen Latifah has also joined Clean Makeup for Clean Water mission, announcing a rare opportunity for fans to win the chance to join the campaign trip to Africa next year. “Log on to covergirl.com and submit a video entry telling us how you give back to make the world a better place and why this makes you beautiful, inside and out,” she explains. “The winner of the contest will get to be part of the next CoverGirl Clean Makeup for Clean Water mission trip to Africa later this year where we will help deliver clean water to people who desperately need it.” For more info, visit covergirl.com. –Emily Hsieh

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Queen Latifah @fanpixie - EXCLUSIVE: Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah Launch CoverGirl’s Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign on

[...] Badu Musical Artist EXCLUSIVE: Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah Launch CoverGirl’s Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campai… …water!” Fellow CoverGirl spokesmodel Queen Latifah is focusing on clean water in Africa, [...]

podesta on

Uh, where in Africa will Latifah be working? Africa isn’t one country, contrary to popular belief.

anne on

Thank you, Podesta!!! I hate how ppl refer to the Motherland as just “Africa,” especially since there are, oh like 54 COUNTRIES!!!!!!!!!

I’m glad Queen is going, but PLEASE for the love of humankind stop saying “Africa” like you are going all over the continent. AND NOT ALL OF AFRICA IS POOR, SO let’s stop with the classifying of the continent as one big charity case, Hollywood and the media!

DORIS SMITH on

COULD SOMEONE HELP ME WITH A QUESTION? DURING NEW YEAR’S I TRAVELED TO SOUTH BEACH FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WHEN I WAS ON THE MAIN STREET I THOUGHT I SAW QUEEN LATIFAH ON HER HARLEY. NO MAKEUP JUST A GREAT SMILE. WAS I RIGHT OR DID I SEE HER TWIN?
THANK YOU! DORIS

Guanabee | Diana Ramirez, An Altruistic Beauty on

[...] being hot, Dominican actress Diana Ramirez is also a compassionate human being. People Magazine is reporting that the actress will be participating in CoverGirl’s “clean makeup for [...]

Karen Beaudway on

I get that it’s annoying that people refer to Africa like a nation, when it’s really a continent with 53 nations.

That said, when people are visiting several nations on a single trip, they often refer just to the continent to describe the trip. People go to “Europe” all the time.

So perhaps they are visiting Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda in one trip, for example. So referring to an “African” trip would be entirely appropriate in that case.

Lighten up a little – charity is good.

king oscar on

Please what was used by queen latifa to purify the water

Kelis and Dania Ramirez Walk Arm & Arm - My 242 on

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Riska on

You don’t specify the type of diaencpsrcy. I have wondered the same thing and bought stuff at Dollar Tree or Dollar General, only to regret it. Think about it do you want to take chances and pay less for stuff that goes on your face? What if you react to it? Will it be worth the bargain? Those are the questions my sister posed to me and since then, with the sometimes exception of nail polish, I fork up more cash for cosmetics at regular stores rather than risk it with cheaper stuff. If its the same brand, maybe its because the color is not in style anymore or God forbid, makeup has an expiration date and that stuff in Dollar General is past the expiration date. I’m not willing to find out, are you?

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