A Miss England finalist has become the first ever beauty queen to compete without wearing any makeup in the pageant’s nearly century-long history. Melisa Raouf, a 20-year-old college student from south London, recently moved forward at the pageant’s semifinals after opting for a barefaced look. Now, she’ll compete in the finals this October for the crown. “It means a lot to me as I feel many girls of different ages wear makeup because they feel pressured to do so. 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,” said Raouf in an interview with the UK’s Independent newspaper.

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