#UK A beauty in a famous glamor contest poses without make-up to be 'natural'. What next? #UKnews

#UK A beauty in a famous glamor contest poses without make-up to be ‘natural’. What next? #UKnews

#UK A beauty in a famous glamor contest poses without make-up to be ‘pure’. What subsequent? #UKnews

The yr 2018 was a unhappy one for Miss America, once they eliminated the swimsuit part from the pageant in a shift away from contestants being judged an excessive amount of on bodily beauty.

Julia Morley, who took over Miss Great Britain from her father Eric in 2000, had already axed the part in 2014, stating that ladies simply strolling up and down in bikinis ‘doesn’t do something for the girl, it doesn’t do something for any of us.’

This week, Miss England contestant and politics pupil Melissa Raouf went without make-up in the semi-finals, deciding to depend on solely her pure beauty. It’s the primary time this has occurred in the present’s 94-year historical past.

What subsequent? No tooth whitener in a nod to occasions when our rotten tooth fell out naturally? Stop washing our hair as a result of grease is a component and parcel of getting sebaceous glands beneath the follicles?

What’s everybody obtained in opposition to beauty? At a time when ladies are being denied their very gender, this could be a time to have a good time womanhood, not consign it again to the field the place it lay dormant for hundreds of years.

I grew up watching beauty pageants on a small black and white TV my dad and mom leased. I beloved the opposite worldliness of them – a life far-off from the one I used to be dwelling rising up in a small village in Wales. The day my dad and mom swapped the outdated TV for a colour one was one of many happiest days of my life; and, ye gods, the primary time I noticed Miss World in all its rainbow glory, I believed I might expire from pleasure.

Columnist Jaci Stephens, pictured in the middle, has been a prominent cultural critic and writer for over 30 years

Columnist Jaci Stephens, pictured in the center, has been a distinguished cultural critic and author for over 30 years

This week, politics student Melisa Raouf, made headlines when she became the first ever contestant to appear make-up free at the Miss England competition

Raouf, 20, is a London native who was seeking to eliminate the 'toxic' narrative surround makeup and social media

This week, politics pupil Melisa Raouf, made headlines when she turned the primary ever contestant to seem make-up free on the Miss England competitors

My dad and mom used to put my brother and me to mattress at 6pm, in the promise that if we slept for 2 hours, they’d wake us up for the beginning of the competitors at 8pm. Oh, the joys of coming again downstairs in our dressing robes and being allowed one other two hours in grownup time in entrance of the kaleidoscopic array of beauties!

I might solely dream of ever wanting like one of many hourglasses in a swimsuit. I used to be going to ballet lessons on the time and it was clear from the beginning that I used to be by no means going to lower it on the catwalk.

For the tip of time period present, the corporate was divided into two sections – 32 snowflakes, who would don tutus and pink satin pumps, and 6 fishermen, whose costumes have been brown shorts, sandals, and a white and brown gingham high.

I used to be forged as a fisherman (I can nonetheless really feel the elastic pinching my plump arms to this present day).

I nonetheless keep in mind the ’dance’ (I exploit the phrase loosely) when, rod in hand, I had to stroll onto the stage with my fellow anglers, forged the online, examine for a fish and shake my head after I found the online was empty. Then, we forged our nets once more, marveled on the non-existent fish we had caught and marched off. That was it.

Years later, in secondary faculty, I used to be forged as Cinna the poet in Julius Caesar. Basically, the bard walks onstage, says one thing alongside the strains of ‘Hello, I’m Cinna the poet’, will get stabbed and is dragged off.

In faculty nativity performs, I used to be by no means going to be Mary – that was all the time the woman with lengthy blonde hair. Even again then, my hair bore extra resemblance to Hitler’s than Marie Antoinette’s.

Stephens, who grew up in rural Wales, writes of her joy at being allowed to stay up late with her brother in order to watch beauty pageants in their youth

Stephens, who grew up in rural Wales, writes of her pleasure at being allowed to keep up late together with her brother in order to watch beauty pageants in their youth

Stephens writes that while watching beauty pageants as a youngster she could only dream of looking like the contestants and their hourglass figures

Stephens writes that whereas watching beauty pageants as a teen she might solely dream of wanting just like the contestants and their hourglass figures

Destined to spend my life in the wings throughout my youth, I nonetheless grew up with an admiration of girls whose figures have been all the time going to be higher than mine and who have been prettier, taller (I’m 5ft and, I feel, now beginning to shrink), and altogether extra lovely than I might ever hope to be.

I nonetheless admire them. Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz – I can solely sit again and marvel on the luck of the draw. And admire.

Yes, all of them have pure beauty, however additionally they put on make-up for his or her respective jobs, and they’re a darn sight extra engaging for doing so. I don’t go to a live performance or watch a TV to see the ordinariness of my on a regular basis look mirrored again at me.

I don’t need to see Dame Joan Collins without her wig and sans make-up; it’d be fairly terrifying. I need her to be the famous person she is and never care how lengthy she takes to paint on her slap. She is outdated fashion glamour – and it’s an uplifting idea in a miserable age. If I needed to watch Planet of the Apes, I’d obtain it.

I, like a lot of girls, really feel higher after I’ve had my hair finished, placed on my make-up and gown well. I do know a lot of males who really feel the identical (make-up included) – take a look at Ru Paul’s Drag Race, essentially the most good present that’s a celebration to the artwork of make-up and costume – and swimwear, I’d add (and I’ll definitely by no means look as attractive as these guys).

Like it or not, the beauty business is large, as a result of most of us don’t possess ‘natural beauty’; nor do we’ve got simply okay, not to mention good figures. Melissa Raouf is 20; she has excessive cheekbones and is, clearly, that elusive factor known as a pure beauty. Would that the remainder of us have been so fortunate.

But we’re not. ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ mentioned the nice Romantic poet, John Keats. ‘Its loveliness increases; it will never/Pass into nothingness.’ Amen to that. So, let’s proceed to get pleasure from beauty, particularly at a time when there may be a lot ugliness in the world.

And Ru Paul – maintain these swimsuits coming.

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