Model goes make-up free for charity before Miss Universe Great Britain final

PUBLISHED: 13:30 15 June 2016

Rachel Kiley.

Rachel Kiley.

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A model and medical receptionist from Weston-super-Mare is ditching her mascara and lipstick to raise money for charity.

Rachel Kiley, aged 23, will compete in the Miss Universe Great Britain final at the end of July.

As part of the competition, she has to take part in various challenges. The latest one involves going make-up free for a week.

Rachel said: “I probably haven’t gone totally make-up free for this length of time since I was 13 years old.

“It’s going to be a bit of a shock to the system but I’m going to do it.

“I’m really excited about it.

“My family don’t think I can do it, but because it’s raising money for charity then I will be able to. “The whole thinking behind the Miss Universe Great Britain event is the celebration and empowerment of young women and sometimes that means us stepping outside our comfort zone and doing things we normally wouldn’t do.

“For me a week-long make-up ban falls in to both categories.”

Rachel will be raising money for Strongbones, which helps children across the UK who have brittle bone disease, bone cancer and other bone conditions.

Previous fundraising by the pageant has gone to providing sports wheelchairs and sacks of Christmas gifts to children’s cancer wards.

Miss Universe Great Britain is the first pageant Rachel has taken part in.

She said: “I applied online, and then was shortlisted for an interview.

“I’m really looking to empower young women and raise money for a good cause.”

Rachel started the challenge on Monday and will finish on Sunday.

Paula Abbandonato, the national director of Miss Universe Great Britain, said: “I am wishing Rachel the very best of luck for this week.

“It’s quite a challenge as a daily make-up routine is very much the norm for lots of young women.

“Going fresh-faced will hopefully be not only liberating for her but will also do the charity a lot of good too.”

To help with Rachel’s fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rachel-Kiley

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