ACTRESS Helen Flanagan is eyeing up gorgeous glasses-wearing guys and gals in Bletchley as she launches Specsavers’ nationwide search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012.
Helen, who has worn glasses since the age of nine, says: “I first realised I needed to wear glasses when I couldn’t see the whiteboard at school. I was delighted as I was always nagging my mum to get me a pair. I love trying out new looks with my glasses. They bring out a different side to me.”
Now in their fifth year of supporting Kidscape, Specsavers will donate £1 for every eligible competition entry to the charity, as well as all proceeds from a high profile auction led by Specsavers ambassador Gok Wan, which will take place at the competition final in London in October.
Every year, Specsavers scours the UK to find the girls and boys next door who look amazing in their specs. The competition is open to men and women aged 16 and over, who are current specs wearers or wear glasses for fashion purposes. Specsavers and top London agency MOT Models will be specs-spotting this summer in city centres up and down the country.
Raj Shah, store director at Specsavers in Milton Keynes, said: “We see so many people in the store who look absolutely amazing in their glasses. The
Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition gives us the opportunity to shout about the talent right on our doorstep who wear their specs with pride and plenty of style – and who are great role models for younger specs wearers to aspire to.”
One local specs wearer could follow in the footsteps of Samantha Miller, from Milton Keynes who was crowned Anglia Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011.
Miss Miller said: “It was an amazing experience being part of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards and going to London to attend such a glamorous event, it also felt great to be recognised for looking good in my specs. I had a really fun time with all the other finalists, who were lovely and meeting so many famous people off the telly!”
Regional finalists will be announced in June and the grand final will be held in London in October.
Regional stars will earn a place on the catwalk at Britain’s biggest spectacle fashion-fest, with the winner receiving a one year modelling contract with MOT Models, a two week premier, all-inclusive holiday for two in Barbados courtesy of Almond Resorts and Virgin Holidays with £250 worth of spending money, a makeover with (and products by) TV celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, a year’s supply of skincare products from Simple, a fantastic goody bag including hair and skincare products, a £150 Specsavers designer eye care voucher and the coveted Spectacle Wearer of the Year trophy.
To enter, visit any Specsavers store or log on to www.specsavers.co.uk/competition