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Sponsored Feature: Specs spotting for the new top model

Are you the spectacle wearer of the year?

Are you the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012? Every year, Specsavers scours Ireland 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 model agency Assets Models will be specs-spotting this summer up and down the country.

Noel Meehan, Chairman of Specsavers in Ireland says: ‘We see so many people in our stores who look absolutely amazing in their glasses. The Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition gives us the opportunity to shout about the modelling talent right here in Ireland. It allows us to celebrate all those who wear their specs with pride and plenty of style and who are great role models for younger specs wearers to aspire to.’

Grace Healy from Westport, Co. Mayo, who was crowned the 2011 Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year, says: ‘I was so thrilled to be the Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year in 2011. Since winning I have secured model representation with Assets Model Agency in Dublin and MOT models in London, which is a dream come true!’

‘I see my glasses as a key part of my look and wear them with pride. I’m really looking forward to seeing who takes the crown this year.’

Grace Healy’s journey began in August 2011 at the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Irish Final in the RHA, in Dublin, when she beat off stiff competition from nearly 5,000 hopefuls to win one of 10 places in the grand final, in London, representing Ireland. Grace came second and was spotted by MOT Models, who offered her a top modelling contract.

This year the Irish winner will receive one year’s representation with Assets Model Agency, a make-up master class with top make-up artist Zoe Clarke, a fashion portfolio shoot with Ireland’s top photographer Lili Forberg, a €250 voucher for House of Fraser, a €215 Specsavers eyecare voucher and the prestigious Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012 trophy.

The winner will also go forward to represent Ireland at the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Grand Final, in London, on 30 October. To enter, visit any Specsavers store or www.specsavers.ie, or visit Specsavers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/specsaversireland.