I have fantasies about attractive things. I daydream of having grace. I have this fantasy that I am from another planet. Imagine yourself somewhere else. Bring a tiny bit of faith with you. To get the desired effect of making everything seem fantastic. Imaginings of exquisiteness during dream states Imaginings along these lines. The scourge from which we do not seem to be able to free ourselves. We move and sing to the rhythm of a drum that is always hammering, scraping, and slicing us open.
The number of occasions on which I fell short of expectations. The number of times I attempted to be what I wanted to be. The concept of the “ideal lady” has been deeply ingrained in my mind ever since I was a child, long before I was even capable of having any kind of understanding of it. Unfortunately, I am not even close to that lady. And it’s possible I’ll never get there. However, many of us struggle with the process of trying to be accepted by others.
The realization and acceptance that we will never be the most attractive lady in the world or in our country. A member of the select group, whose accomplishments are shown on television and celebrated in front of the world. Lean and tall, with charming grins decorating their otherwise perfectly symmetrical faces. However, one of the contestants decided to participate in the competition without wearing any makeup in an effort to bring the audience back down to earth.
The very first time in the 94 years that the Miss England Contest has been held. Often referred to as revolutionary. Brave. Legendary. But is this really the case? Or is it shallow in the sense that she is denouncing cosmetics while she herself is endowed with immaculate beautiful looks? whatever it is, it seems really hypocritical. A dispute ensues. Therefore, let’s take a somewhat more in-depth look.
Melisa Raouf, a student of politics, made history by being the first contender in the 94-year history of the Miss England competition to participate without wearing any makeup. She made the decision to forgo using cosmetics with the aim of encouraging other women to acknowledge and appreciate their own natural beauty. Not only did the twenty-year-old woman defy expectations in the competition, but she also advanced to the final round of the Miss England competition.
Melisa, who hails from south London, will now fight for the title together with forty other women. The winner of the competition will be revealed on October 17th. She has every intention of competing without makeup once again. Melisa expressed the following while discussing the competition with Tyla: “It was quite an intimidating experience, but it is so fantastic to win in this manner.”
“It means a lot to me since I get the impression that a lot of ladies of varying ages use cosmetics because they feel compelled to do so,” she said. “If one is comfortable in their own skin, then we should not be required to conceal our faces with cosmetics,” she went on to say. “Our faults are what make us who we are, and that is what distinguishes one person from another. I believe that individuals should love themselves and accept all of their imperfections and defects because, as we all know, true beauty is found in its simplicity.
She made the decision to forgo using cosmetics in the hopes of encouraging other women to appreciate the beauty that comes from the inside.
The young lady continued by describing how the act of applying cosmetics caused her to feel self-conscious and concealed. “I never thought I met beauty standards,” she continued. “I have only lately come to terms with the fact that I am attractive in my natural flesh, and it is because of this realization that I have chosen to participate without wearing any makeup. I don’t feel any less confident in myself because of the fact that I can disguise anything with cosmetics. This is who I am, and I have no shame in admitting it to others. I wanted to reveal Melisa in her authentic form.
Melisa expressed her desire to utilize the platform afforded to her as the reigning Miss England in order to “empower natural beauty” and “eradicate this poisonous thinking.” “Since the subject of mental health is receiving so much attention, my goal is to help all females feel good about themselves. Just for once, I’d want to get rid of all the beauty standards. In my opinion, each and every female is stunning in her own special manner.
When we get to this point, we face an intriguing dilemma; nonetheless, the first issue that has to be answered is why individuals of all ages prefer to wear cosmetics. The population with insecurities, those who perceive cosmetics as a way of disguising their defects, and those who seek to acquire a highly ‘fake’ beauty, widely seen on the front pages of magazines and on television, seem to be the only people Melisa’s point of view appears to be founded on.
Having said that, it is hard for me to agree with her completely, particularly as a woman who has been ridiculed for not fitting in with the idea of what is considered to be “beautiful.” For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the conviction that the natural beauty of a person is preferable to that of someone who covers their face with cosmetics. But as I’ve become older and wiser, I’ve come to see how much of a tendency we have to stigmatize ‘the other.’ The “other” in relation to ourselves.
Not only did the twenty-year-old woman shatter preconceived notions about beauty pageants, but she also secured a berth in the final round of the Miss England competition, in which she will once again compete without using any cosmetics.
In all honesty, whether you use makeup because you want to feel beautiful in your own skin because you want to develop your artistry, because you want to explore all of the different textures, glitters, and pretty colors available, or because you just like it, the fact that you do so does not make you superior or inferior to a person who chooses not to wear any, and vice versa.
As was said on Fait Avec Coeur, when we stigmatize cosmetics, we prevent individuals from having the opportunity to enjoy wearing them without feeling guilty. Within the realm of health and wellness, there is a pervasive myth that applying cosmetics is in some way detrimental to one’s well-being. It is now fashionable to go for the so-called “natural look” or to completely eschew the use of cosmetics. Everyone needs to be allowed to make their own decisions free from criticism or a ranking system that determines which options are “better.” The choice is at the heart of what it means to empower others.
The moral of this tale, although endearing, is tainted by archaism and fails to resonate with the reader. Is it realistic in today’s world of anti-aging products for a person to be 20 years old with flawless skin and undoubtedly stunning facial characteristics to be considered the epitome of natural beauty? Now there’s a topic that begs to be discussed in depth. However, I believe this is relevant to the topic of why there are still beauty pageants held.
Melisa shared her thoughts by stating, “It was quite an intimidating experience, but it is so fantastic to win this way.” I get the impression that a lot of ladies of varying ages put on makeup because they feel forced to do so.
Throughout the course of its existence, the concept of the beauty pageant has been the subject of both acclaim and criticism. The recognizable form didn’t emerge until the 1850s, despite the fact that its origins go all the way back to ancient Greece. According to the explanation provided by PBS, the primary purpose of beauty pageants around the world is to put idealized versions of femininity on a competitive stage and award a “royal” title and crown to the winner. However, beauty pageants are also about using femininity as a representation of other issues.
Colleen Ballerino Cohen and Richard Wilk, both historians, concur that “Whether the title is for Miss Universe or the Crooked Tree Cashew Queen, these contests showcase values, concepts, and behavior that exist at the center of a group’s sense of itself and exhibit values of morality, gender, and place.” These contests showcase values, concepts, and behavior that exist at the center of a group’s sense of itself and exhibit values of morality, gender, and place. The lone lady comes to represent the country, the principles of the group, and the pride of the people.
Pageant participants are often tall, slim, and fair-skinned, which is similar to the conventional ideals of beauty in the West. However, there are many who say that the standards of beauty that are shown in pageants do not accurately reflect all women. Some people believe that beauty pageants are a waste of money and that they reduce women to the role of sexual objects by putting an emphasis on physical appearance rather than other aspects of a contestant’s personality or talent. However, others believe that participating in a pageant can help a woman gain confidence, find a fun hobby, and improve herself.
There has been both praise and criticism directed at beauty pageants, but natural beauty and beauty that has been improved by cosmetics have one thing in common: beauty is only skin-deep.
Both naturally occurring beauty and artificially produced beauty have one thing in common: it is just skin deep. I am a fervent believer that “what’s inside that matters,” regardless of the preferences that others have about the aesthetics of human beings. I am also a believer in the use of cosmetics; whether you use it to make yourself look better, as a means of self-expression, or just as part of a routine that makes you happy, makeup is in no way the new form of evil.
Because these so-called beauty contests only serve to perpetuate long-standing stereotypes of social acceptance, I would like to see our shifting understanding of beauty shift in tandem with the models chosen to participate in these contests if they are to continue well into the future. This is because these contests only serve to perpetuate these stereotypes.
At this point, the most that they are able to accomplish is creating a category for “bare-faced models.” “It invites contenders to show us who they really are without the need to hide behind cosmetics and filters on social media,” Angie Beasley, the organizer of Miss England, said about the choice to debut the new format while speaking with CNN about the decision to launch the new format.
She went on to explain that “this stage of the competition was created back in 2019 as a result of the overwhelming number of submission photographs we were getting from participants disguising their faces with heavy makeup and employing filters.” “Since that time, competitors must upload their photos on social media in order to advance to this round. She told me that she felt confident fighting against all of the other candidates, which was surprising to hear since this is the first time I’ve seen a person participating in a semi-final without wearing any makeup at all.
In conclusion, she said, “I’m all for cosmetics as a way to enhance your natural beauty, but there’s no need for young people to wear it so heavily that it appears like a mask.” Talk about gatekeeping much…
The final round of the Miss England competition will take place on October 16-17. We hope that Melisa and the other candidates have a successful competition!
I believe that people will continue to argue over this topic for many years to come since aesthetics and personal taste are not the only factors that go into determining beauty standards. There is a good chance that we won’t be able to agree on anything until we figure out how to accept one another as the individuals we are most at ease being.
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