Miss England finalist turns into first in pageant’s historical past to compete with out make-up

Written by Jacqui PalumboToyin Owoseje, CNN

A Miss England finalist has grow to be the primary ever magnificence queen to compete with out sporting any make-up within the pageant’s practically century-long historical past.

Melisa Raouf, a 20-year-old faculty scholar from south London, moved ahead on the pageant’s semifinals on Monday after choosing a barefaced look. Now, she’ll compete within the finals this October for the crown.

“It means loads to me as I really feel many ladies of various ages put on make-up as a result of they really feel pressured to take action,” Raouf mentioned in an interview with the UK’s Unbiased newspaper.

“If one is completely happy in their very own pores and skin we shouldn’t be made to cowl up our face with make-up. Our flaws make us who we’re and that is what makes each particular person distinctive,” she added.

Melisa Raouf will compete within the Miss England last in October. Credit score: Kam Murali

Raouf mentioned that, although she began sporting make-up at a younger age, she determined to eschew custom for the pageant.

“I by no means felt I met magnificence requirements. I’ve lately accepted that I’m lovely in my very own pores and skin and that is why I made a decision to compete with no make-up,” she defined within the interview.

In Could, Raouf posted a selfie on Instagram from the “naked face” spherical of the competitors, writing that she was “embracing blemishes and imperfections.”

CNN has contacted Raouf for additional remark.

Melisa Raouf says she is "embracing blemishes and imperfections."

Melisa Raouf says she is “embracing blemishes and imperfections.” Credit score: Kam Murali

Angie Beasley, director of Miss England, instructed CNN in an announcement on Friday: “We launched the Naked Face Prime Mannequin spherical in 2019 as most contestants have been submitting extremely edited pictures sporting plenty of make-up and we wished to see the actual individual behind the make-up.”

In line with organizers, Raouf plans to go bare-faced once more on the nationwide last in October.

“We want her the perfect of luck in Miss England, it is a very courageous factor to do when everybody else is sporting make-up however she’s sending out an essential message to younger girls,” Beasley added.