20-year-old becomes first contestant to compete in Miss England pageant without make-up
Rouf made it to the semi-finals on Monday becoming the first contestant to compete without wearing make-up in the pageant's 94 year history
A 20 year old student from South London has made history as the first ever contestant in the Miss England beauty pageant to compete without make-up. Melisa Rouf made it to the semi-finals on Monday becoming the first contestant to compete without wearing make-up in the pageant’s 94 year history. Although Rouf admitted to wearing make-up in the past, she revealed that her decision to compete bare-face was influenced by a realization that there is societal pressure on women to wear make-up.
“It means a lot to me as I feel many girls of different ages wear makeup because they feel pressured to do so,’ Ms. Rouf revealed in an interview with the UK’s Independent Newspaper.
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Ms. Rouf joins the likes of Zozibini Tunzi who won the Miss Universe title in 2019 becoming the first woman to win the title with Afro-textured hair. Tunzi was celebrated worldwide for defiantly embracing her natural hair during the competition despite being told to wear a wig.
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