A 20-year-old woman becomes the first in the history of a national beauty pageant to compete without makeup; deserves praise

The beauty pageant and the art of makeup are almost synonymous for obvious presentational reasons. But a woman made history by reaching the final of a national beauty pageant without any makeup.
Melisa Raouf, 20, is a student of politics in London. By deciding to appear nude in Miss England this year, she became the first woman in the pageant’s history, aged 94, to compete without makeup.
The pageant, organized annually by Angie Beasly, is promoted to thousands of women across England through local media.

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Although the contest organizers introduced a “Bare Face” trick in the 2019 edition, never in its history has a woman gone completely makeup. But Melisa has now changed that.

The 20-year-old said she decided to compete with her face uncovered in order to promote inner beauty and challenge the beauty ideals promoted and perpetuated by the media, advertisers and social media.

“It means a lot to me because I feel like a lot of girls of different ages wear makeup because they feel they have to. If you’re happy in your own skin, you shouldn’t make up our face. Our flaws make us who we are and that’s what makes each individual unique,” The Independent said.

“I think people should love and accept their flaws and imperfections, because we know that real beauty is in simplicity. I never felt like I lived up to beauty standards. I recently accepted that I looked beautiful in my own skin and that’s why I decided to compete without makeup,” she added.

Melisa’s remarkable appearance and demeanor have won her worldwide praise. He also received a response from the contest organizer.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen a completely makeup-free competitor go to a semi-final and she said she felt empowered compared to all the other competitors,” Beasley said.

The 20-year-old will compete with 40 other women for the Miss England crown on October 17.

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