Pageant Women Are Battling Cyberbullies With #NoMakeupSelfie Trend

by Gillian Fuller

Isabella Gaines isn't your average beauty queen.

After spotting a photo of herself on the cyberbullying Twitter account NCOT no makeup, the North Carolina native launched a #NoMakeupSelfie movement to remind women “beauty comes from within.”

A side-by-side photo of Gaines — one with makeup and the other makeup-free — was featured on the Twitter account that has a bio stating,

...the page where you'll find the prettiest NCOT girls WITH NO MAKEUP! Yuck!

Note: NCOT stands North Carolina Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Instead of allowing herself to be hurt by the mean-spirited post, Gaines responded by posting a collage of makeup-free selfies to Instagram. Her caption said,

Rude or ugly comments hurt and destroy self-esteem. Beauty comes from within.

Gaines' brave response inspired dozens of fellow contestants to follow in her footsteps.

Initially, the movement was confined to Gaines' fellow contestants from Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen Pageant.

#nomakeupselfie Nobody deserves to be bullied for not wearing makeup! Love yall @KenzieHansley @bellagainess — Kayla (@kaylafaith00) July 1, 2015

But soon, people from all over the country began posting their own selfies in support of her cause.

I'm not a miss' in any way, but cyber bullying is rediculous. Makeup doesn't equal beauty, supporting @bellagainess ! — Megan Scuron (@Mscuron) July 1, 2015

Even Miss America joined in.

Sadly, the bully behind the NCOT no makeup account has yet to stop.

@bellagainess I'm honestly so proud of you and this movement. Keep doing you, you gorgeous lady. #NoMakeupChallenge — Zoe (@zoe_gaye) July 3, 2015

But there's strength in numbers, and these brave beauty queens won't let the haters drag 'em down.

Supporting the @mncoteen contestants! #StopCyberBullying #DELovesNC #Sisterhood #BeYOUtiful #StandWithNC #MDOTeen2008 — Amanda Debus (@RealADebus) July 2, 2015

They're more beautiful without makeup, anyway.

I am LOVING this movement. #nomakeupselfie #iwokeuplikethis #Flawless WE LOVE YOU @bellagainess — Lyndsey Stephens (@BabyLynssss) July 1, 2015

Beauty isn't about the color of your eyeshadow or the shimmer of your lipgloss.

@bellagainess you are beautiful both ways and I feel beautiful both ways too. Keep rocking the #nomakeupselfie — Kenzie Hansley (@KenzieHansley) July 1, 2015

It's about who you are and how you treat others...

#nomakeupselfie — isabella noel (@bellagainess) July 1, 2015

...and that makes these brave ladies the most beautiful women in the world.

I'm comfortable with who I am and I will always stand up for my friends! #ImMe @bellagainess I love and support you — Grace Dirig (@dirig_grace) July 1, 2015

Citations: NoMakeupSelfie Trend Started By Pageant Contestant Takes On Cyberbullies (Huffington Post)