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No makeup selfie: Bare-faced truth is that 'vanity project' raised £1m for Cancer Research in just 24 hours

By Heather Saul

The 'no makeup selfie' trend may have sparked a huge cancer awareness vs narcissism debate, but it is arguably more productive than previous viral trends, if the £1 million in donations made within just 24 hours is anything to go by.

Cancer Research UK has received more than 800,000 text donations since it began sharing the text code for donating on its Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday.

Newsfeeds have been full to the brim of women posting bare-faced pictures for all to see in a bid to raise money for the charity, along with the hashtag #nomakeupselfie and a text message receipt as evidence of their donation.

Photos also come with nominations for their friends to follow suit and donate, creating a viral chain that began on Monday.

The hashtag was not started by Cancer Research, but they were quick to get involved, posting: "Thousands of you are posting #cancerawareness #nomakeupselfie pictures and many have asked if the campaign is ours. It's not but we love that people want to get involved!" on their Google+ page.

Many have used their no makeup selfie to remember a loved-one lost to the disease, while celebrities such as VV Brown and Kym Marsh have helped the trend gather momentum by uploading their own pictures.

Some men, it seems, have also found their own way of getting involved.

But the no makeup selfie has also received a backlash of criticism from those concerned taking a picture has nothing to do with raising awareness of cancer and the importance of fund raising.

Others have contended that narcissism is actually at the heart of the sudden spike in people going make-up free online, with some arguing that uploading such photos "smacks of the Beyoncé "I woke up like this" arrogance social media has seen us become so accustomed to."

Regardless of the debates flying around these images however, the no makeup selfie has achieved much more than planking, posting ' belfies' and vadering ever could.

Carolan Davidge, director of communications at Cancer Research UK said: "The #nomakeupselfie Twitter trend isn't something Cancer Research UK started - but it's been fantastic to see so many people getting involved to help raise awareness of cancer amongst their friends and family.

"If people would like to choose to support our work to beat cancer sooner, they can visit"


Further reading:

Fight against cancer put in picture by selfie campaign

That's a wrap! Sellotape selfies set to take over from 'no makeup selfie' as latest Twitter and Facebook craze


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