Specsavers Dagenham are celebrating the news that one of the team is a finalist in Mrs Asia UK.

Caroline Rosario, who has worked at the store in the Heathway Shopping Centre for three years, is down to the final 20 in the competition.

Fighting for the crown

She will be competing at the final on Saturday 27 January at the Hilton London Kensington hotel. The winner will get a cash prize, a crown, and the title of Mrs Asia UK 2018.

The contest will consist of a fashion parade in evening gowns, a question and answer session, and a group dance performance.

Delighted to be a finalist

Caroline said: ‘I entered the contest to restore myself and do something outside my comfort zone, and am delighted to be a finalist. I believe that you cannot achieve anything in life by saying that you want it, you have to go for it.

‘My colleagues at Specsavers Dagenham have been really supportive throughout the time I have worked here, and are all behind me for the final, so I would really like to thank them for that. This contest has been a massive confidence boost for me, and I cannot wait to get out on stage.’

A word from the store director

Gurjit Singh Sehmi, store director in Dagenham, said: ‘We are all immensely proud of Caroline. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up and perform in front of so many people, and we all have our fingers crossed for her on the night. She is definitely our winner.’

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