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Easy Breezy: Tyra Banks and Ziggy Marley on a Beach in a CoverGirl Commercial?

Fun facts about the developing diversity of CoverGirl models since 1969.
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CoverGirl 50th Anniversary

Remember when beauty was all about blue-eyed blondes? Has it been long enough ago that we have to pause to remember? Now mainstream beauty ideals include not just multicultural diversity, but lifestyle as well. Just look at this lineup of celebrity faces with cosmetic-ad contracts these days: That's Taylor Swift, Ellen, Drew Barrymore, Dania Ramirez and Queen Latifah at the CoverGirl 50th Anniversary bash in January.

Our Liza Herz has a great, entertaining piece in this month's Elle Canada Magazine about CoverGirl models over the years, from young breezy blonde Cybill Sheppard in 1969, to Brandy, Queen Latifah and Ellen.

Liza's fun CoverGirl facts:

  • Rod Stewart had relationships with two consecutive blonde CoverGirls, Kelly Emberg and Rachel Hunter.
  • Canadian model Lana Ogilvie was not the first black model to appear in CoverGirl ads, but the first to snag a contract.
  • Tyra Banks and Ziggy Marley hit the beach together reggae-style in a 1998 ad for CoverGirl Sea Shell Shades. (Salt-N-Pepa did an ad too, in ’97.)
  • Queen Latifah's Queen Collection of makeup for women with darker skintones features a range of lip colours created by makeup superstar Pat McGrath; it's only available in the US.
  • From the Lip Perfection lipstick line (I'm a huge fan of Spellbound and Flame), Pat McGrath recommends the following as shades for all skintones: Hot (bright red -- Drew wears it in the ads), Euphoria (deep plum), Eternal (bold azalea) and Entwined (darkened mauve).

And now, for fun, that Tyra Banks + Ziggy Marley business:

Check out Liza's story in the June issue of Elle Canada, on newsstands now.