A politics student made history after becoming the first no makeup candidate to win a place in the Miss England pageant final in the 94-year history of the campaign.
20-year-old Melisa Raouf from London was inspired to go makeup-free in the prestigious competition to emphasize the importance of inner beauty and challenge social media’s unrealistic expectations of beauty.
Raouf made a big impression on the judges in the semifinals of the competition and will now face 40 other contestants in the finals in October.
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“It means a lot to me because I feel like a lot of girls of different ages use makeup because they feel pushed into it,” Raouf shared. The Independent in terms of their performance.
Raouf said society made her feel like she needed to wear makeup from a young age, which meant she was “never comfortable” in her own skin.
“I’ve never felt like I met beauty standards. I’ve recently accepted that I’m beautiful in my own skin and that’s why I decided to compete without makeup.”
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The organizers of the Miss England pageant had previously introduced a ‘bare face’ round for contestants who wished to compete without make-up, but no one had ever signed up for it.
Raouf has confirmed she will also choose to go makeup-free in the final, saying the semi-final was a “scary but amazing experience”.
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The student has received an overwhelming amount of support from fellow contestants and supporters, who have praised her bold move.
Raouf commented on Instagram and thanked his followers: “Thank you [so] so much.”
“It really was the best and most incredible trip! Always enthusiastic and willing to enhance natural beauty and our imperfections.”
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