It looks like our neighbors from across the pond are ahead of the game! For the first time ever, the Miss England beauty pageant is introducing an optional makeup-free round to its competition. Developed by the founder of Miss England, Angie Beasley, this specific round was created to celebrate the beauty in imperfections. Typically beauty pageants have a heavy emphasis on perfectly crafted hair and makeup. This optional round allows participating contestants to highlight their natural beauty. “Recently we have been shocked to see Miss England contestants as young as 19 undergoing lip filler treatments and even Botox, and so many entering with full faces of thick makeup covering their natural beauty,” Beasley said in a statement to Telegraph.
To enter this round, each contestant is being asked to submit a headshot and a full-length photograph of themselves wearing a black tank top, jeans, and no makeup. All submissions must be posted to social media. A scout from Fascia Models will judge each photo and fast-track the winner into the top 20 contestants of the competition.
This is a progressive move for the beauty pageant industry. With such a strong emphasis on physical attributes, it is liberating for women to finally be judged on their natural looks, and not the enhancements of makeup. “We tell the girls they don’t need fillers, fake eyelashes and tattooed brows to enter our contest, but it just shows what a damaging effect edited social media images can have on young women’s self-esteem and mental health,” Beasley added.
The competition is also making headlines because one contestant opted for a wetsuit instead of bikini. Slowly but surely, the pageant world is breaking barriers that challenge the world to focus less on the physical and more on inner beauty.
This is a positive initiative that can really encourage women to be comfortable in their skin. I hope this concept is adopted into pageants worldwide. What do you think? Would you want to see a make-up free beauty pageant?
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