Saturday 25 November 2017

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Actress Helen Flanagan swapped a modelling career on the cobbles of Coronation Street for some real life modelling when she launched Specsavers’ search for Ireland’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012.

Having grown up in front of television audiences playing Rosie Webster in the long-running soap, Helen, 22, is now helping to find ordinary Irish people who look extraordinary in their glasses.

Helen, who has worn glasses from 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 modeling in her sights and maybe even treading the boards in London’s 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 modeling. 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!’

As well as fronting the campaign for Ireland’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012, Helen is supporting anti-bullying charity 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’ style guru Gok Wan, which will take place at the grand final in London, in October.

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