In the Miss England beauty pageant, a politics student wowed the judges by wearing no makeup. In the 94-year history of the pageant, Melisa Raouf, 20, is the first contestant ever not to wear makeup in the event, and she had an excellent reason for ditching makeup.
Raouf used only her natural beauty to get to the semi-finals this week.I am happy to inform you that she has made it to the final round.
According to Battersea woman, she wished to make a statement on inner beauty in an age of social media obsession by going fresh-faced.
“It was quite a daunting experience but so amazing to win this way,” the 20-year-old student said.
“It means a lot to me as I feel many girls of different ages wear makeup because they feel pressured to do so.”
She added: “Our flaws make us who we are and that’s what makes every individual unique.”
After making the bold decision to walk the catwalk makeup-free, she received a flood of positive feedback from her fans on social media and has been commended for her brave decision.
“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.”
She added: “I feel like I’ve done it for all girls.”
The 20-year-old revealed that she now intends to compete in the finals ‘bare faced’.
“I would love to use my Miss England platform to empower natural beauty and eliminate this toxic mindset,” She said
There will be a competition for Miss England on October 17th at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Coventry, involving 40 other women competing for the title.
“This is the first time I’ve seen a contestant completely makeup free competing in a semi final and she said she felt empowered against all the other contestants,” Beasley said.
“I’m all for makeup to enhance your natural beauty but there’s no need for youngsters to wear It so thick that it looks like a mask.”
She added: “I wish Melisa the best of luck in Miss England 2022.”