NZ fashion icons search for Kiwis with specs appeal

Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011

If you wear your glasses with style, pride and confidence you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with New Zealand‟s fashion elite and living the high life!

The Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards launches today calling on bespectacled Kiwis from around the country to enter and express their personal sense of style.Celebrity judges Colin Mathura-Jeffree of New Zealand‟s Next Top Model fame and renowned WORLD fashion designer Denise L‟Estrange-Corbet will judge the awards this year which culminate in a glamorous fashion show.

Mathura-Jeffree is quick to point out: “It‟s not about models in glasses; this is about everyday Kiwis showing personality and confidence in their look. Glasses are a great way to express your personal style, and that‟s exactly what the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards are all about.”

Seven regional finalists will be selected and flown to Auckland for the fashion show in October where this year‟s grand winner will be revealed. The grand prize includes a trip for two to Melbourne, a $2,500 shopping spree, a personal eyewear styling session with our celebrity judging duo and a wardrobe of Specsavers eyewear. The winner will also receive a further $2,500 to be gifted to a charity of their choice.

25 year old Lauren Chambers of Dunedin overcame stiff competition to win the Spectacle Wearer of the Year title last year. Having only worn her glasses for two years the judges honoured her with the title saying Lauren was transformed by her glasses and that they inspired her style and gave her genuine confidence.

Organisers are also on the lookout for New Zealand‟s most stylish celebrity spectacle wearers with names such as Paul Henry already being mooted.

WORLD fashion designer Denise L‟Estrange says glasses today come in many shapes, sizes and colours to match every face shape, hair colour and fashion trend and that‟s what makes it such fun. “Show us what you‟ve got and help celebrate how amazing Kiwis look in their glasses. Get involved. Enter yourself, or suggest it to someone sassy you know.”
Entries are now open via or at any Specsavers store nationwide.

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  • Wice says
    Yippee! ... and his ties in beautifully with our thread discussion of spectacles and how they are viewed.

    What a brilliant prize for spectacle wearer. Not my sort of competition but for anyone who likes the public limelight, go for it and the very, very best of luck. Would be great to have a Chelsey member win!
  • KH says
    I think most people can look stunning in the right pair of specs. I'd rather not have to wear them though. :)
  • Anna says
    lol they have awards for everything!!
    • KH says
      I'm not winning any of them though!!
    • Wice says
      Here's a scholarship for shorties!
      Yo, Shorti!
      For the vertically challenged, the Billy Barty Foundation offers scholarships to students of 'short stature'. Similarly, the Little People of America awards students - and their families - scholarships. To join, members must be 4'10' and shorter. Scholarship amounts range from $250 to $1000.

      ...and another for left handers!
      The only scholarship for left-handed students is the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship of up to $1,000. This scholarship is awarded to left-handed students who will be attending Juniata College.

      Of course they are both US scholarships. We wouldn't give scholarships for such bizzare reasons in NZ . Would we?
      • KH says
        I wouldn't qualify for either of those ones! Oh dear...
        • KH says
          Though I'd rather add a couple of inches to my height. Not take them off, so I wont complain too much! :)
        • Starlite5 says
          This is so cool. My niece had to recently get glasses for driving and she hated the fact that she would have to wear them until she went in and saw the wonderful range they have and good on Specsavers for making stylish glasses affordable.

          I've been wearing glasses over twenty years and although I'm pretty loyal to my optometerist based in Auckland Central, due to the fact I pay on average $600 for glasses, the allure of affordability of Specsavers is becoming harder to resist!
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