Miss England Contestant Is First Woman in Pageant’s 94-Year History to Compete Makeup-Free

Melisa Raouf, 20, is one of 40 finalists competing for the title of Miss England. Conversely, Raouf was the only candidate in the pageant who did not wear makeup, the first in 94 years. She wanted to promote inner beauty and challenge the beauty standards prevalent on social media.

“That means a lot to me since I believe many females of various ages wear makeup because they feel pressured to,” Raouf remarked. “If one is pleased in their flesh, we should not be pushed to cover up our face with makeup.