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Miss England First Contestant To Compete Without Makeup


Thanks to the near-perfect beauty standards that have been demanded of women over the years, many of us have often felt that going sans makeup is just too vulnerable. Perhaps you’re on a journey to free yourself of the fear that comes with going makeup-free or maybe it’s something that you’ve managed to get to grips with over the years and now take joy in going bare-faced, but we imagine that most of us would feel uneasy about taking to a world stage with not a scrap of foundation or mascara on our faces. 

But that’s exactly what politics student, Melisa Raouf has done – and she’s received a pretty amazing reception. The 20-year-old chose to compete in the Miss England beauty pageant without the usual makeup that we often see on contestants. In fact, it’s the first time in the pageant’s 94-year history that a contestant hasn’t used makeup – and Raouf had an important reason for doing so. 

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Raouf relied only on her natural beauty when she appeared at the semi-finals of the competition in London this week, and after “wowing” the judges, she has made it through to the final round. She revealed that she decided to go fresh faced to make a statement on inner beauty in an age of social media obsession: “It was quite a daunting experience but so amazing to win this way.”

She added: “It means a lot to me as I feel many girls of different ages wear makeup because they feel pressured to do so. Our flaws make us who we are and that’s what makes every individual unique.”

The King’s College student said that she has been flooded with positive messages on social media since she made the bold move to hit the catwalk makeup free.

“I’ve had so many girls message me telling me how I’ve made them feel more confident in themselves,” she said. “With mental health being such a big topic, I want to make all girls feel good. I just want to remove all the beauty standards. I feel like all girls are beautiful in their own way.”

The beauty queen-to-be now intends to compete in the finals bare-faced, adding: “I feel like I’ve done it for all girls. I would love to use my Miss England platform to empower natural beauty and eliminate this toxic mindset.”

If this were X-Factor (old school) we would be using ALL our votes on voting for her to win right now, instead though, we will have to wait to see how Raouf does when she takes to the stage alongside 40 other women to find out who will be crowned Miss England on 17 October 17. The final rounds will take place at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Coventry.



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