A 20-year-old politics student from Battersea, London has reached the finals of Miss England and became the first ever makeup-free contestant to participate in the beauty pageant in its 94-year history. Melisa Raouf had taken this step to generate hope and to motivate and inspire other women to embrace their natural beauty. She should eliminate the toxic beauty standard set by social media.
During the semi-finals of the Miss England Contest Melisa who impressed the judges stated that “It means a lot to me as I feel many girls of different ages wear makeup because they feel pressured to do so.” In October Melisa is going to compete against 40 other women in the contest and also planned to go bare face once again. “I’m going to the finals bare-faced. I would love to use my Miss England platform to empower natural beauty and eliminate this toxic mindset,” said Melisa Raouf.
According to one of the reports Melisa also added in a statement that, “if one is happy in their own skin we should not be made to cover up our face with makeup”. “Our flaws make us who we are and that’s what makes every individual unique. I think people should love and embrace their flaws and blemishes, as we know real beauty lies within simplicity.”
She further revealed her thoughts regarding her acceptance of her own natural beauty and the various struggles she faced in accepting herself without makeup, at a very young age she started wearing makeup and never felt comfortable in her own skin. She said, “I never felt I met beauty standards.” However, after putting in lots of effort and facing many hurdles on her way, she finally accepted that she is beautiful in her own skin. “I still feel confident in myself, with makeup I’m all concealed. This is who I am, I’m not afraid to share who I am. I wanted to show who Melisa truly is.”
Revealing how her act inspired many women, she mentioned, ”I’ve had so many girls message me telling me how I’ve made them feel more confident in themselves. 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.” Her words and work are truly motivating and inspiring for other girls and women, who struggle to accept their natural beauty.