Melisa Raouf, a Miss England contestant who is striving to challenge unrealistic beauty standards, was recently the first to compete without makeup.
Raouf reached the finals of 2022’s competition, joining the ranks the five top competitors. Although she didn’t win the pageant she inspired women around the world to be confident in their skin through social media.
Raouf is the one who started the bare-face movement. This encourages women not to use photo filters or makeup that alter their perceptions.
She tells Sonia Baghdady that she never expected it to be so widespread or global. Get involved now.
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Raouf continued: “I have no problem with makeup. Makeup is a form art, it’s an expression of creativity. However, you shouldn’t let makeup define you.
Raouf believes that beauty pageants have been criticized for promoting unrealistic beauty standards in women. She sees competition without makeup as a way to regain her power and show the qualities that really define her.