The optical team in Slough are celebrating the win of retail manager Aaminah Khan at the annual Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer Of The Year awards.
Wearing her specs with pride
Aaminah, who has worked at Specsavers in Slough for over a year, was crowned the Specsavers Staff Spectacle Wearer Of The Year. She said: ‘I didn’t expect to win at all but it’s really nice as I have never really won anything before.’
She added that the Slough team wanted to put the store on the map after she and new retail director John Duminy decided to enter the staff category. The Slough store staff generated hundreds of entrants from the area for the competition which was open to the public, as they proactively encouraged customers to enter their glasses selfies online.
Praise from the judges
Staff category judge Marc Breton said: ‘We had over 150 stunning entries to the staff competition and it was incredibly difficult to choose an overall winner. Aaminah was chosen for looking totally fab in her glasses and wearing them with pride’.
Aaminah wore her updated classic Tommy Hilfiger 48 frame for her SWOTY photo entry – and says she usually opts for an elegant and feminine frame shape and this time chose tortoiseshell to suit her hair colouring.
After receiving her award, Aaminah said: ‘I had a brilliant time at Spectacle Wearer Of The Year and was really pleased to receive my award from Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins herself. It was definitely a change to my usual Tuesday night, and I really enjoyed mingling with all the celebs and other winners. Congratulations to everyone.’
Interested in optics from a young age
Aaminah has worked as part of the team at Specsavers in Slough for over a year, after embarking on a career in optics in 2011. Having studied her BSc in Optometry at City University London, Aaminah started out her career as an optical assistant four years ago.
She said: ‘I’ve always been interested in having a career in optics ever since my sister was diagnosed with amblyopia, a condition commonly known as lazy eye that occurs when the eye and brain don’t function together properly.
'I’ve been with Specsavers for four years now and have worked my way up to retail manager at the store. That’s one of the great things about working for Specsavers – there are so many opportunities and I’ve managed to progress my career in a short space of time.’