Two Leeds women have been chosen out of hundreds of people across the North East as regional finalists for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Vanya Thompson, 22, and Emma Jones, 36, are both in with a chance of winning £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if crowned the ultimate winner, as well as a chance to mingle with the stars at the 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.
Glasses wearers have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online and entering in stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Both ladies were invited to visit their local Specsavers stores in Leeds City Centre and at Kirkstall Morrison’s, to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.
Emma comments: ‘I’ve only been wearing glasses for two years and I’m really enjoying them. I was pleased when I found out I needed them because they’re such a great accessory and can change a whole outfit. I’m going to be a bit braver with my next pair and experiment with some colour.’
A word from the director
Nick Ainley, retail director at Specsavers in Kirkstall, comments: ‘We’re all so proud of Emma, and we’re absolutely thrilled to see her reach the finals. She’s a true glasses hero and everyone in store is behind her all the way!
The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If Vanya or Emma triumph in their respective age categories, they could meet her at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.
Fabulous prize up for grabs
There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.
The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of Atlantis Paradise Island and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.