A London woman has secured a spot as a finalist over thousands of people for the Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year (SWOTY), in the South East region.

About the finalist

Paediatric audiologist, Amina Abonde-Adigun now has the chance to bag £10,000 as well as a luxury holiday in the Bahamas, plus a styling session and personal shopping trip in London. 24-year-old Amina was born short-sighted with squints but her mother didn’t allow her to wear glasses until the age of 11 as she believed in an ancient Nigerian proverb which said children’s eyes would shrink if they wore glasses.

Amina remembers feeling a little uncomfortable wearing glasses when she was younger, but after some encouragement from friends and after finding the perfect pair to suit her face she became more confident. It was this new-found confidence that spurred her on to enter the competition.

Amina said: ‘It definitely helps your confidence feeling good in the glasses you wear. I advise to wear something that suits your face, just as you dress to suit your shape and don’t be afraid to be bold.’

The competition event

A successful win in her category will mean Amina has the chance to meet Girls Aloud singer and West End star Kimberley Walsh, who launched the awards earlier this year. A winner from each of the four age categories of 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+ will be selected, plus the Irish winner and a wildcard finalist who will be voted for on Facebook, by the public.

The awards event will take place at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 7 October. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, and one overall winner will take home the most prestigious title in specs wearing.

The winner of The Spectacle Wearer of the Year will receive £10,000, a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, plus a range of specs ready to team up with all sorts of outfits.

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