Michaela Williams has taken the crown to be named this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year at what has become dubbed as the Oscars for specs wearers.
Michaela took to the stage to receive the award at a star-studded event hosted by Gok Wan at 8 Northumberland Avenue. She was chosen by a panel of expert judges and was handed the award by pop sensation and former Girl’s Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, who kicked off the campaign earlier this year.
Michaela walked away with a luxury trip for two to the beautiful Bahamas staying at the Grand Lucyan Beach and Golf Resort as well as a whopping £10,000 cash prize and £1,000 to spend on eye care at Specsavers after being named the overall winner.
47 year-old Michaela lives in Highbridge and frequently visits her local Specsavers store in Taunton. She was rewarded with a trophy earlier in the night by Jean Christophe Novelli and was then called back to stage to receive the ultimate prize, beating the 5 other finalists to the post.
Michaela said: ‘I’m so proud to be the winner of Spectacle Wearer of the Year – I can’t believe it!
‘I couldn’t be more grateful for being able to show my appreciation for my glasses to the nation. It’s been a wonderful journey and has just gone to prove that everyone should be proud to wear their glasses.’
The Specsavers awards hosted by fashion guru Gok Wan at the prestigious 8 Northumberland Avenue, saw a green carpet ablaze with bespectacled stars, including The Saturdays’ Vanessa White, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, celebrity chef Jean Cristophe Novelli and actor Larry Lamb, who were all there to present awards to ordinary British specs wearers who look extraordinary in their glasses.
Celebrities were also rewarded on the night with former TOWIE star Amy Childs collecting Specsavers’ Style Star award while fellow reality TV personality Gogglebox’s Stephen Webb took home the optician’s Best Newcomer. 80s TV presenter Timmy Mallet also walked away with an award for Services to Specs.
Kimberley Walsh, who has been a glasses wearer for six years, launched the search for Britain’s best specs wearers aged 16 and over earlier this year. She appeared on the night to perform a range of musical hits before presenting the winner with her award. An auction held on the evening, run by larger than life TV personality Christopher Biggins saw money-can’t buy lots, including a luxury trip to Costa Del Sol, cooking lessons with legendary chef Jean Christophe Novelli, an iPhone 6 and a week in Mallorca go under the hammer.
Vital funds raised
It raised a further £45,000 for Kidscape, bringing the total raised by Specsavers for the charity through the competition to £200,000. Kimberly Wyatt, who is currently expecting her first child, also performed a DJ set to round off the evening.
Other stars appearing on the night included Blue singer and Strictly contestant Simon Webbe, who helped judge the competition, TV presenters Dawn O’Porter, Tim Vincent and Darren Kennedy, Masterchef and Strictly contestant Gregg Wallace and Eddie the Eagle Edwards, who once appeared in a Specsavers TV ad.