A college student from London left judges in shock by competing in the Miss England beauty pageant without makeup. Her reason for ditching makeup was to promote natural beauty. This 20-year-old girl named Melisa Raouf, made history to come to the well-known event makeup free. She was the first contestant in the 94-year history of the pageant who did not wear makeup at all in the event.
This week Melisa Raouf came to the semi-finals with her bare face because she wanted to promote inner beauty and now the exciting thing is that she has also reached the final round.
According to her, she made this decision to go fresh-faced in the event because it was her dream to make a statement on natural beauty so she decided to remove all the beauty standards in this era of social media where everyone is obsessed with fake things.
“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.”
The Battersea woman received a lot of positive comments from her fans and friends she got so much support from social media because of her bold decision to catwalk without any cosmetics.
“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
The competition for Miss England will be held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Coventry, on 17th October. In this competition 40 women competed against each other to win 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.”
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