A Miss England contestant left the judges in awe after showing up without any make-up on.
This is the first time this has happened in the pageant’s 94-year existence, and this politics student wanted to rely on her natural beauty no matter what may come.
Melisa Raouf, 20, from Battersea showed up to the semi-finals in London this week and was able to make it to the final round.
Melisa said that she chose to go make-up free to make a statement about natural beauty in a world taken over by social media.
“It was quite a daunting experience but so amazing to win this way,” Melisa said.
“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,” she added.
The student said that people’s responses to her decision were nothing but positive.
“I’ve had so many girls message me telling me how I’ve made them feel more confident in themselves,” the 20-year-old said, adding:
“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.”
“I feel like I’ve done it for all girls.”
Melisa is now set to compete in the finals without make-up.
“I would love to use my Miss England platform to empower natural beauty and eliminate this toxic mindset,” the beauty pageant said.
The college student will compete against 40 other girls for the Miss England crown on October 17 in Coventry.
Miss England organizers had introduced a make-up free competition back in 2019 and organizer Angie Beasley said she created the event after being shocked by the amount of make-up some contestants were wearing.
“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.”
“I wish Melisa the best of luck in Miss England 2022,” she added.
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