After almost a century, the Miss England pageant is getting a fresh face – thanks to Miss England Finalist and Politics student Melisa Raouf. The 20-year-old is competing makeup-free for the first time ever in Miss England’s history. She’s hoping to inspire other women to not hide behind a mask of makeup and to “love and embrace their flaws and blemishes.”
According to Miss England organizer, Angie Beasley, the decision to launch the new format – a ‘bare-face model’ category, “encourages contestants to show us who they really are without the need to hide behind makeup and filters on social media.”
While Raouf is setting a precedent and has good intentions, some critics say that Raouf shouldn’t be praised as being “brave” and “revolutionary” for being bare-faced because she is a natural beauty anyway. After all, her youth, good skin, and fantastic bone structure aren’t anything to be ashamed of. Some claim that this is “shallow in the sense of demonizing makeup” and has ruffled some feathers in the debate on beauty standards online.