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Hayley Orzech is the News & Opinion Editor for Miss A. She found her passion in writing. She grew up in Detroit, MI and though it has been through the mill, she still has faith in it. She just graduated from Northern Michigan University and believes that you have not seen snow until you’ve spent a winter in Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior. She is in love with traveling and her hope now is to see as many places as she can while pursuing her dreams. She grew up in a large Polish family, full of firefighters. If she has learned anything other than how to not set her house on fire, it is that you can never take your blessings for granted because they might be up in flames before you can blink.

She adores traveling and meeting new people from all walks of life. She reads and writes everyday in between navigating her early 20’s. She's made it her mission to spread the wealth to those who are less fortunate. We are all in this together, after all.
She has had the privilege of adventures like snowboarding down the Rocky Mountains, jumping off of a cliff into clear, beautiful Lake Superior, hearing music on the Detroit River, running down a sand dune into the Au Sable River, looking up at the Statue of Liberty, climbing up a waterfall in Jamaica, letting her fingertips graze over a shark in Key West, hiking in California, gazing at Mount Rushmore, holding onto a giant Redwood tree and so many others that she can hardly believe her luck. All she truly want out of life is to have more adventures while helping others and doing the thing she love to do most: write.

Beauty Inside And Out: Ellen DeGeneres

Recently, the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch made a very crass statement about how his stores would no longer sell clothes larger than a size 10 since he didn’t want ugly people wearing his clothes. The backlash was intense, but one of the loudest protesters exclaimed her indignation with the phrase, “Fitch, please!” ELLEN DEGENERES, the actress, talk show personality and one of Covergirl‘s spokeswomen, is one Beauty who believes in the power of kindness and dance, which she displays regularly on her show.  As one of the elite Covergirls, she represents such products as their Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm, Pressed Powder and Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation and shows them off in the company of a giant smile that she seems to want to spread to the world.

Ellen DeGeneres (Photo Credit--www.viewsfromthetipofthemitt.blogspot.com)

Ellen DeGeneres (Photo Credit: viewsfromthetipofthemitt.blogspot.com)

To support even one charity is honorable, but this week’s Beauty is taking her charitable duties to a completely different level. An avid supporter of nearly 40 different charities, DeGeneres helps some big names such as Stand Up To Cancer, the Red Cross and Feeding America, for which she began the Small Change Campaign along with Ben Affleck  in 2006 to start collecting loose change from all over the country, an amount that could reach billions. The Covergirl spokeswoman also works with Family Health International, an organization dedicated to bringing solutions to health problems people in low resource areas worldwide suffer with. The talk show host also supports the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, an organization trying to cure breast cancer at every stage and bring support to those suffering from it.

Ellen Degeneres (Photo Credit--www.blog.halopets.com)

Ellen DeGeneres (Photo Credit: blog.halopets.com)

Although Ellen obviously has her hand in several different types of charity projects, it seems that a few causes in particular pull at her heart strings. Our Beauty of the week is an avid supporter of The Gentle Barn, a non-profit begun in 1999 which serves to protect all neglected and abused animals rescued from their awful situations. The talk show host also supports the largest animal protection non-profit, The Humane Society, an organization that fights tirelessly for animal rights and protection. The Humane Society rescues thousands of animals across the country from abusive, neglectful and fighting situations. The voice of Dory from Finding Nemo didn’t forget about sea creatures either; she also works with the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, which is to host a Rally for the Whales this Friday May 31 and works to end commercial whale and shark fishing.

Ellen Degeneres (Photo Credit--www.ellendegeneresresume.wordpress.com)

Ellen DeGeneres (Photo Credit: ellendegeneresresume.wordpress.com)

As much as she cares for the welfare of animals, Ellen also cares for children at all stages, in all situations, particularly those who don’t have, or can’t find, their voice. It should be no surprise that the openly gay talk show host, who has been happily married to her wife Porsche De Rossi for several years, is an avid supporter of the It Gets Better Project, an organization dedicated to reaching out to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens to spread the message of hope for a better tomorrow. The talk show host also supports Project Cuddle, an organization that provides help to newborns who have been abandoned and reaches out to women who are considering abandonment with legal and safe alternatives.

It’s no wonder that Ellen loves to dance; with all the good she does, there’s no doubt that all of those good feelings come right back to her, and it shows even without her favorite Covergirl products. Still, the next time you’re prepping your own pretty face with the Concealer Balm or the 2 in 1 Foundation, enjoy the glow you get and the fact that the woman who represents them is spreading the good feeling glow to everyone. Come back next week to find out who else is showing off her beauty, inside and out!

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