The Miss England finalist became the first beauty queen in the pageant’s nearly 100-year history to enter the contest without makeup.
Melissa Rauch, a 20-year-old college student from south London, advanced in the semi-finals of Monday’s pageant after choosing her bare face. Well, she’ll be in the finals for her throne this October.
“If you’re happy with your skin, you shouldn’t be forced to cover your face with makeup. Our imperfections make us who we are, and that’s what makes us all unique,” she said. added.
Melisa Raouf will be in the Miss England finals in October. credit: Cam Murali
Raouf said she started wearing makeup at a young age but decided to avoid tradition and enter the contest.
“I never felt like I was up to my beauty standards. I recently admitted that I have beautiful skin, so I decided to go for it without makeup,” she explained in an interview. did.
CNN reached out to Raouf for further comment.
Melissa Rauch says she embraces flaws and imperfections. credit: Cam Murali
Miss England director Angie Beasley said in a statement to CNN on Friday: .”
According to organizers, Rauff will be naked again in October’s national final.
“I wish her the best of luck on Miss England. It’s a very brave thing to do when others are wearing makeup, but she’s sending an important message to young women.” .