SPICE Girl and stage sensation Melanie C is inviting wannabe specs wearing superstars in Northern Ireland to compete for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2013 title and a holiday to St Lucia.
Melanie has teamed with Specsavers and anti-bullying charity Kidscape to bring specs wearers into focus at the Oscars of the glasses world.
Melanie says: ‘I’ve had to wear glasses or contacts since my teens and there’s never been more choice for all ages. Loving your glasses has never been cooler, all you need is a bit of confidence to make a real statement wherever you are.
‘Personally, I love the geek chic look with heavy set darker frames. There’s so much pressure out there to look good whatever your age and let’s face it we all know someone that wears glasses. These awards are to recognise specs as a fashion statement as well as a visual aid.
‘My favourite celebrity glasses wearers have to be Tinie Tempah and Alan Carr, you never see them photographed or on TV without them! They’re great examples of how your specs can form a part of your identity. I hope that we can find loads more specs wearers that make their specs a part of their identity too.’
Before she treads the boards in a UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Melanie will attend the celeb packed Awards at the iconic Royal Opera House on 10 September.
To be in with a chance of meeting Melanie and scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, male and female specs wearers can enter the competition online, www.specsavers.co.uk/loveglasses, via Facebook, www.facebook.com/specsavers, or at their nearest Specsavers store.
There are four age categories – 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and will attend the grand final in London, where the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year will be announced.
Tony McGinn, Regional Chairman at Specsavers, says: ‘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 prove that glasses are fabulous at any age by celebrating the specs wearers right on our doorstep who wear them with pride and plenty of style.’
Melanie says: ‘A big reason why I’m supporting the awards is because we all need to do something to beat the bullies and whether kids are being bullied for their appearance or even wearing glasses, it’s important that it stops. For every entry Specsavers will donate £1 to Kidscape so get your specs on, grab a picture and enter!’
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