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Beauty queens hit TV screens in search for love... minus their lipstick, powder and paint

By Rebecca Black

The beauty queens are back, and they're on a mission to find romance.

But there is a catch - they are not allowed any of the flawless make-up or glamorous clothing they are best known for.

Last year former Miss Great Britain Gemma Garrett bravely pared back her usual style to find Mr Right, and showed viewers her natural beauty.

In the pilot programme for Beauty Queen And Single, the east Belfast-born beautician make-up artist admitted she would previously never have considered going on a date without being fully made-up.

But she proceeded to go on five back-to-back dates, and chose one lucky man to meet again for a second time.

There was added comedy as some of her beauty queen friends watched on and gave a frank commentary on their thoughts during the dates.

Fans were left disappointed when just one episode was shown, but now the girls are back for a six-part series starting on BBC 1 Northern Ireland on Monday, January 15.

Gemma will be joined by ex-Miss Irelands Rebecca Maguire and Karen Montague, former Miss Derry and Big Brother star Ashleigh Coyle, and ex-Miss Belfast Orlaith McAllister, who appeared in Big Brother, too.

Also there will be a former Miss Earth Northern Ireland Amira Graham.

The BBC's official blurb for the show describes how "six bare-faced beauty queens strip off the make-up, shake off the stilettos and go au naturel to see if beauty is just skin deep when it comes to finding the perfect partner".

Last year Gemma hit back at some of the negative comments about the programme posted online by both men and women, including about how the ladies looked.

She responded: "To see some of the comments - mostly from men but a few woman also - about our looks and appearance only confirms the message and what the programme is all about."

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