By peoplemag
Updated January 05, 2010 11:00 AM

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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 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 –Emily Hsieh