So everyone must know what the Oscars are, right? A glitzy, glamorous event with stunning frocks and of course the red carpet. What if I told you there is an optical event equivalent? Well it does exist and it is called the “Spectacle Wearer Of The Year” organised by Specsavers. The event takes place once a year and you have probably heard of it if you shop in Specsavers.
Each year a celeb will be nominated as the spectacle wearer of the year and the competition is not just for celebs. They also do the same competition for us consumers and I believe you can now enter here for your chance to win (there are different categories too). All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself, fill in some details and voila, it’s done!
This year fronting the Spectacle Wearer Of The Year campaign is Melanie C aka Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls (oh how I used to love the spice girls).
For the Spectacle Wearer Of The Year Awards 2013 Mel C has joined force with Specsavers and the anti-bullying charity Kidscape to bring specs wearers into focus. Mel C herself has always worn glasses (or contacts) for most of her life and believes that bullying can happen to anyone just because they look a bit different and sadly that does include wearing glasses!
Melanie says: ‘A big reason why I’m supporting the Awards is because we all need to do something to beat the bullies and whether kids are being bullied for their appearance or even wearing glasses, it’s important that it stops. For every entry Specsavers will donate £1 to Kidscape so get your specs on, grab a picture and enter!’
For me personally being a spectacle wearer from the age of 12, I did used to think it sucked! Back then the choice of glasses was horrendous- It was more like granny meets trashy rather than trendy meet classy like it is now. I remember I used to feel really self-conscious in the fact I needed to wear glasses and I would fight it until I really couldn’t see anything in my classes. Many people, especially boys used to call me all sorts of names like “four-eyes” being the usual one. So what Mel C said in the statement really touched me and I totally get it! Sometimes I do think being in school and being a teenager is the toughest time with all the peer pressure and if you look slightly different then that’s it- game over.
I am totally all over this campaign because I have been there myself and part of the reason why I started MyGlassesAndMe is so I can change the way we view glasses and of course to educate people that glasses are here to stay and they WILL be a fashion necessity.