While pageant prep usually means copious amounts of spray tan, sparkles, and false lashes, this year the Miss Universe contestants are taking a different approach. Before the women—hailing from 80 countries around the world—compete for the title, they’ve taken to social media to share makeup-free selfies using the hashtag #ConfidentlyBeautiful. Well, that’s new!
The snaps of these bare-faced beauties have taken over Twitter and Instagram—a refreshing change of pace during our age of picture-perfect, overly edited selfies. Even more refreshing, perhaps, is the rare glimpse of candid self-love moments from the candidates in a competition known for its emphasis on physical beauty.
Here, the best makeup-free selfies from the potential next Miss Universe.