Kings Heath resident Rebecca Akomanyi has cause for celebration after being chosen as a regional finalist in her age group in the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition, run by Specsavers.

Encourage specs wearers

The 23-year-old entered the national competition because she wouldn’t be without her glasses and thought it would be a great opportunity to encourage specs wearers who are unsure about their glasses. She has recently been chosen from hundreds of other entries in the area as a regional finalist and is now in with a chance of winning £10,000.

To mark her achievement, Rebecca was invited to her local Specsavers store on the High Street to receive a bottle of champagne, a £150 eyewear voucher and a certificate.

Rebecca said: ‘I’ve worn glasses since I was about nine years old, and without them I’d be lost. I love the Kylie range, particularly the clear frames. My advice to other specs wearers would be just to have confidence with your glasses – if you need them to live your life, then embrace them and choose styles that you love!’

Great attitude

Store director, Peter Squire, said: ‘Rebecca has a great attitude to her glasses and she has picked frames that really suit her. Her confidence with her specs really shines through and she is an inspiration to anyone who is unsure about their glasses. We wish her the best of luck for the rest of the competition.’

The awards were launched by former Girls Aloud singer, Nadine Coyle, earlier this year.

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s, plus a Facebook favourite voted by the public. Each age category winner will be treated to a VIP makeover and a trip to London for the awards evening, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate prize.

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