ACTRESS Helen Flanagan is eyeing up gorgeous glasses-wearing guys and gals in Scotland as she launches Specsavers’ nationwide search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012.
Having played aspiring model Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, Helen knows what she’s looking for and is joining Britain’s most trusted optician* in the hunt to find ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses.
Helen, who has worn glasses since the age of nine, says: ‘I first realised I needed to wear glasses when I couldn’t see the whiteboard at school. I was delighted as I was always nagging my mum to get me a pair. I love trying out new looks with my glasses. They bring out a different side to me.
Since leaving Coronation Street, where she was last seen on-screen in February, Helen is keeping an open mind about future projects but definitely has more modelling in her sights and maybe even treading the boards in the West End.
‘I love doing photoshoots, it’s probably the only thing I had in common with Rosie. We are both really girly and like modelling.
‘I really enjoyed the 1960s-themed shoot for this campaign – I wore lots of different wigs which made me wish I had long hair again! But the best thing about this campaign is that it supports anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. Anything that helps stamp out bullying of any kind, especially if it’s for wearing glasses, is a great thing.’
Now in their fifth year of supporting Kidscape, Specsavers will donate £1 for every eligible competition entry to the charity, as well as all proceeds from a high profile auction led by Specsavers ambassador Gok Wan, which will take place at the competition final in London in October.
Every year, Specsavers scours the UK to find the girls and boys next door who look amazing in their specs. The competition is open to men and women aged 16 and over, who are current specs wearers or wear glasses for fashion purposes. Specsavers and top London agency MOT Models will be specs-spotting this summer in city centres up and down the country.
One of Scotland’s specs wearers could follow in the footsteps of Lucie Stevenson, from Falkirk, who was crowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011.
Lucie says: ‘The past year has been a whirlwind of excitement since I won Spec Wearer of the Year. I’ve been down to London to do modelling shoots for some big high street names which is a dream come true, and even spent a month in my agency’s ‘model house’ which was an amazing experience and gave me the chance to meet new friends with the same aspirations.
‘I didn’t think for a second I would win but am so glad I put that entry form in now. For anyone thinking about it, I would urge you to go for it because I can vouch for the fact it can be life-changing!”
Regional finalists will be announced in June and the grand final will be held in London in October 2012.
Regional stars will earn a place on the catwalk at Britain’s biggest spectacle fashion-fest, with the winner receiving a one year modelling contract with MOT Models, a two week premier, all-inclusive holiday for two in Barbados courtesy of Almond Resorts and Virgin Holidays with £250 worth of spending money, a makeover with (and products by) TV celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, a year’s supply of skincare products from Simple, a fantastic goody bag including hair and skincare products, a £150 Specsavers designer eye care voucher and the coveted Spectacle Wearer of the Year trophy.
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