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Women shed make-up to back cancer charities

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

  • GROUP SHOT: Banburys staff minus make-up – Gemma Knill, Charlotte Newbold, Debbie Crowe and Carrie Squires Picture: Mike Southon. Ref: BNMS20140321F-004_C

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WOMEN from all over North Devon have been stripping off their make-up to join in with a social media craze.

No make-up selfies have been popping up on Facebook left, right and centre since actress Kim Novak, 81, appeared without make-up at this year's Oscar ceremony and received criticism for her looks.

Novelist Laura Lippman was shocked by the comments and posted a photo of herself with no make-up and the hashtag #itsokkimnovak.

This sparked off the craze and women everywhere began doing the same and the focus then changed to raising awareness of cancer and cancer charities.

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The Journal asked you to send in your no make-up selfies.

Jessica Palmer-Christie sent us in her selfie, saying she was a supporter of both the North Devon Hospice and Marie Curie.

She said: "My grandad died of cancer and I was extremely close to him."

Staff at Barnstaple's Banburys store also stripped off their make-up to join in.

Natasha Coddington, store manager at Banburys, said: "Anything which supports Cancer Research UK is very worthwhile.

"It is a personal thing to do, to strip off your makeup and bare all is quite a thing for any woman to do.

"The selfie craze is good if it can be channelled to raise awareness for the charity.

"All the girls were apprehensive and excited to be a part of this. I would definitely encourage other women to take part."

The no make-up selfie trend has so far raised more than £8 million for Cancer Research UK and other charities.

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