Ellen is truly a comedian with a heart of gold and nowhere is that more evident than in her latest project. After naming Talia Castellano, a 13-year-old makeup artist with cancer, an honorary CoverGirl in September, Ellen launched a nationwide search for the next Covergirl.

We couldn’t be more pleased with her choice: Alexis Harris. Harris, an 18-year-old student at the University of Texas-San Antonio, has an exceptional background in education and community involvement. The beauty, who was raised along with her three brothers by a single military Mom, got her Associates degree before graduating from high school. She also founded and runs S.M.I.I.L.E (Students Making Impacts In Lives Everywhere).

As the new Covergirl, Harris will pose with Ellen for an ad campaign to run in People Magazine.

Check out her inspiring video here:

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  • Liz

    Heartwarming! Beautiful, intelligent, and humble to boot! Wishing her the best.

  • Chic Noir

    I love stories like this about Blk women. I can’t wait to see the ad.

  • nona

    Beautiful girl! Ellen has such a heart of gold.

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  • maddie

    This is such a sweet story, and I just about cried while I watched it. I love how Ellen always features these heartwarming stories on her talk show, and that is why I watch it every day! Even though I’m usually on the bus ride home from my office at DISH while it’s on, I still manage to watch it live anyways. There’s no way I’d be able to take my shows with me on the go like this without DISH Anywhere. This nifty app connects my phone to my home DVR’s live and recorded TV content, so I can watch all my shows just like I was on my couch even when I’m not. It definitely makes those trips home a more enjoyable time!