We get it. Make-up makes our world go ’round. But in the very powerful age we live in, the overly-polished, overly-done up face and skin is just not fashionable anymore. We are here for embracing one’s true beauty, barefaced, with imperfections and all. True beauty will shine through.
It has been reported that Miss England has launched a make-up-free round for the first time in history, in line with the world’s move towards body positivity.
This time in 2019, it seems that organisers have challenged entrants to “submit photographs of themselves with no makeup, filters or editing — after being left shocked by the amount of young contestants turning to injectables such as fillers.”
“More than 20,000 young women entered Miss England this year, and it is really important for us to promote real beauty and body positivity.”
— Miss England Director, Angie Beasley
The winner of this round will then be fast-tracked to the final 20.
The “Why” — It’s 2019!
Via this Glamour article, Discussing the new decision, Miss England director Angie Beasley said: “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.
“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.
“The difference between what impressionable women see on social media and TV and reality is getting out of hand, which is why we decided to launch this round for the first time in the pageant’s history – to address this serious issue.
“I hope going forward, the introduction of this round will encourage our contestants to wear less makeup overall.
“If you look at our Miss England former winners, most are natural beauties compared with many of the usual celebrities, which provides a much more positive role model for young women.”
Models getting on board
Current Miss England Alisha Cowie, from Newcastle, often goes without makeup in selfies on social media and said of the decision: “On social media we have influencers and role models which set an unrealistic standard which I believe results in mental health issues.
“When I go to model castings I have to go barefaced so I do believe this round will do the girls a world of good.”
We should totally do iT!
What a refreshing time to live in and we totally agree with the approach that Miss England has taken in this aspect. In fact, perhaps all pageants and beauty contests should incorporate the very same requirements in their competitions.
We reached out to a few readers about their thoughts on this movement and here is what they had to say:
“This totally should be a thing everywhere — especially beauty pageants which more and more are becoming a little bit dated if you ask me. I get that girls like to participate and have their moment, but authenticity is so important in this day and age. We see so much filter and polished finishes on Instagram. Seeing raw beauty or real beauty is so needed.” – Joyce Gan, 25, Account Executive
“I think this should be made totally compulsory in all pageants or competitions. We need to somehow teach girls in this era and the future generations that it’s okay to embrace what you’ve been born with. To love yourself fully and not always hold yourself to some external benchmark. I think these large scale pageants have a duty to champion that notion.” – Ella Yusof, 26, Social Media Specialist
“It’s time we look beyond make-up or appearance and really evaluate a person based on who they actually are. Beauty is more than just being flawless and ‘perfect’ to impress others, and I say Malaysia should also have pageants like this to encourage our girls to just be comfortable with their true selves.” – Yeong Hui Min, 24, Sub Editor
“I feel that it’s about time we take on this initiative. Beauty is so subjective and it’s more than getting dolled up to impress people– more often that not, it comes from within. We should be embracing all our flaws and differences because that’s what makes us, us.” – Aina Nur Sarah, 23, Writer
“I’m thankful that there’s someone who realises how deep the society is sinking into this obsession with plastic surgery, pulling us out before everybody starts looking the same. I don’t see people having the same facial features to be attractive because too much of the same thing will just become normal. In a matter of time, natural beauty will become rare and we will desperately want to look for people who have never gone under the knife.” – Sarah Redza, 28, Business Owner