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Last night CoverGirl announced a new “Star Wars” campaign featuring Janelle Monae and today the cosmetics brand made the big reveal of the ad starring the “resistance pilot.” Looking stunning as usual, Janelle’s ad got us thinking about some of our favorite CoverGirl Beauties from years gone by and we even rediscovered a few we’d forgotten about. Check out this list of the best Black CoverGirl beauties to date. Who’s your fave?


When Rihanna was just going bad in 2009 she became the face of CoverGirl, promoting their Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers and their Exact Eyelights, and it was the cutest thing we’d seen, especially when she remixed their jingle at the end.   


Eva’s third cycle win of “America’s Next Top Model” came with a $100,000 CoverGirl contract and brought the masses the beautiful campaign pic above.

Naima Mora

Like Eva, Naima got the chance to show off her easy, breezy, beautiful side, when she won cycle 4 of Tyra’s modeling show.


Because Brandy was everything in the ’90s and will always be our best friend in our head.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah isn’t just a CoverGirl covergirl, she got her own collection. All hail the queen!


Tyra Banks

Everything about this commercial screams 1998. Shouts out to Tyra for both opening and closing this throwback TV ad.

Paula Patton

In 2012 CoverGirl named Paula Patton their newest brand ambassador and rolled out this campaign to promote their Queen Collection.

Kiara Kabukuru

In 2000 Ugandan model Kiara Kabukuru was at the height of her career, which included a long-standing conract as one of CoverGirl’s favorite faces. An accident with an 18-wheeler left the beauty disfigured but after several bouts of reconstructive surgery, she’s poised to make a comeback.

Janelle Monae

There’s nothing like a major brand recognizing the beauty of a Black girl who marches to the beat of her own drum.

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