A London resident has secured a spot as a finalist out of thousands of people for the Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year (SWOTY) competition.

Paediatric audiologist from East London, Amina Abonde-Adigun, won her age category of 16-24 and will be treated to a styling session and personal shopping trip in London. Amina is now within inches of winning the massive prize of £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas.

About the finalist

24-year-old Amina grew up in Ashford and was born short-sighted with squints but her mother didn’t allow her to wear glasses until she went to school. This was because she believed in an ancient Nigerian proverb which said children’s eyes would shrink if they wore glasses.

Amina remembers feeling a little uncomfortable wearing glasses when she was younger, but after some encouragement from friends and after finding the perfect pair to suit her face she became more confident. It was this new-found confidence that spurred her on to enter the competition.

Amina said: ‘It definitely helps your confidence feeling good in the glasses you wear. I advise to wear something that suits your face, just as you dress to suit your shape and don’t be afraid to be bold.’

A word from the store director

Store director of Specsavers on Tottenham Court Road, Mohammed El-Turki said: ‘We’re so happy that Amina has got through to the final of Spectacle Wearer of the Year. We wish her the best of luck and have our fingers crossed for her to win the ultimate prize!’

The grand finale

Having won her category means Amina will now meet Girls Aloud singer and West End star Kimberley Walsh, who launched the awards earlier this year.

The Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards evening will take place at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 7 October. All age category winners will have a VIP makeover, and one overall winner will take home the most prestigious title in specs wearing at the grand finale.

The winner of The Spectacle Wearer of the Year will receive £10,000, a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, plus a range of specs ready to team up with all sorts of outfits.

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