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Miss England Introduces Make-Up Free Round For The First Time In Its History

Amber Ascroft

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Miss England Introduces Make-Up Free Round For The First Time In Its History

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The Miss England contest has introduced a completely make-up-free round for the first time in the pageant's history.

Entrants have been asked to submit photographs of themselves without make-up, filters or editing as part of the new initiative that aims to support body positivity and natural beauty.

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Credit: Caters

Heats for the contest are currently being held with 54 contestants competing in a series of challenges before the winner is chosen next month to represent the country at the next Miss World.

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The winner of the new 'Bare Face Top Model' round - that is optional - will be fast-tracked to the final 20.

It comes as organisers say the "difference between what impressionable women see on social media and TV and reality is getting out of hand."

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Credit: Caters

"Recently we have been shocked to see contestants as young as 19 undergoing lip filler treatments and even Botox, and so many entering with full faces of thick make-up covering their natural beauty," explained Miss England director Angie Beasley.

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"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 social media images can have on young women's self-esteem and mental health," Angie continued.

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Credit: Caters

Current Miss England Alisha Cowie, from Newcastle, often goes without makeup in selfies on social media.

She said: "On social media we have influencers and role models setting an unrealistic standard which I believe results in mental health issues.

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"Going after that portrayed perfect 'flawless' look is so difficult and unrealistic."

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The Miss England final is being held in Newcastle from 31st July to 1st August with the winner scoring a luxury holiday to Mauritius and a place in Miss World with a top price of £78,400.

Last year saw the first Miss England contestant take to the stage in a hijab. Muslim law student Maria Mahmood went up against 49 other hopefuls for the title in Nottinghamshire but was beaten by Alisha.

Topics: Hair and Beauty, Life News, Real

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