A glamourous Clydebank glasses wearer has been chosen as a regional semi-finalist in a competition which celebrates people and their specs.
Charmaine Tembo, 20, is one of only two regional semi-finalists for Scotland in her age category in Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year contest. Charmaine said: ‘My friend got involved in SWOTY and I thought “I could do that too", so I just decided to go for it.
‘It was such a fantastic surprise to reach the next stage. I really wasn’t expecting to hear from Specsavers at all, so when I heard I was a regional semi-finalist I was so shocked.’
Wear glasses with pride
The competition – which encourages people of all ages to wear their glasses with pride – was launched by former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt earlier this year.
If Charmaine reaches the final and scoops the overall title, she will be jetting off to New York with £10,000 cash.
The student, who works part-time in a care home and hopes to go on to be a nurse, wears her glasses with health in mind first and foremost, but is also fashion conscious and loves her John Rocha frames.
And she’s keen to encourage people of all ages to wear their specs proudly: ‘I’ve been wearing glasses for about a year and I really enjoy wearing them. I have to wear them because I can’t see long distances, so that’s my motivation first and foremost but I love the fashion aspect too.
‘Anyone who is a bit reluctant to wear glasses should just go for it. There are so many great frames and styles out there at the moment, so there’s always a lot to choose from at Specsavers.’
Manager Billy Shaw invited Charmaine into the Clydebank store to celebrate her accolade and presented her with a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.
‘We’re very proud that we have a regional semi-finalist from Clydebank this year. Charmaine has done incredibly well - to get to the regional semi-finals is a fantastic achievement,’ said Billy.
‘It was a pleasure to meet her in store and to present her with her prizes. I’m sure that regardless what happens in the next stage of the competition, Charmaine will continue to wear her glasses with confidence.’
Now in its 21st year, the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition raises valuable funds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape, which has totalled £300,000 to date.