A Streatham woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the South East as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Tania Croitor, aged 28, from Streatham could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if she wins, as well as a chance to mingle with the stars at the 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Glasses wearers have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online and entering in stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Tania was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Streatham to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

A word from Tania

Tania, who works as a nurse, said: ‘I’ve worn glasses since I was a child but stopped for a few years as I was embarrassed by them. But by the time I started university I realised there’s really nothing to be ashamed of and now I really love wearing my glasses – I have four pairs!

‘I decided to enter the competition after my sister posted a photo of me wearing my glasses on Facebook. It got quite a few ‘likes’ but I never thought I’d become a regional finalist. I’m over the moon!’

A word from the store director

Malachy Goodman, store director at Specsavers in Streatham, said: ‘We’re delighted Tania has been selected as a regional finalist for the South East. It’s great to see someone from Streatham get so far in the competition, which received thousands of entries from across the country. On behalf of the team, I’d like to wish her all the best in the final stages of the competition.’

More about the competiton

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Tania could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.

There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.

The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of Atlantis Paradise Island and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.

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