Lesbian star may be new face of Cover Girl

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Ellen DeGeneres is reported to be shooting an advertising campaign for one of America’s top cosmetics companies this week.

It is another coup for the 50-year-old, who is one of the most prominent lesbians in the US. She got married to her partner Portia De Rossi in California last month.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of America’s best-loved talk shows. Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Hillary Clinton have appeared.

The reported $1m Cover Girl (£565,000) deal was revealed in the New York Post.

Former models for the brand include Drew Barrymore and Rihanna.

When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self-titled sitcom, she made history, scored a ratings landslide and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.

Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.

DeGeneres appeared on the April 14, 1997, cover of Time magazine with the headline, “Yep, I’m Gay.”

Her onscreen character, Ellen Morgan came out during the April 30th 1997, episode of the ABC sitcom Ellen.

The episode went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing.