Waterford student prepares for Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year
Waterford student Nicole Rushe (20) is one step closer to winning the coveted title of Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year after being chosen as the winner of the 16-24 age category.
Following a nationwide search, Nicole beat off stiff competition from hundreds of entries and is one of five finalists who will compete to represent Ireland at the Grand Final in London on 11 October.
Nicole Rushe is currently studying Business and German in Waterford Institute of Technology as well as working part-time. She is long sighted and has been wearing glasses since she was 11 years of age. Her mother Lorna Rushe entered her in the competition.
Speaking at the prize-giving, Nicole said: ‘I am so excited to have won my age category and would love the opportunity to meet all the celebrities at the Grand Final in the UK. I am never embarrassed to wear my glasses and feel that they are a real fashion statement that give me an edge. They should be worn with pride.’
Store director Garvan Mulligan added, ‘We are delighted that a customer from our store has won this category and would like to congratulate Nicole on this achievement. She wears her glasses with style and confidence so is a worthy winner in our eyes.’
Grand Final in London
The Irish finalists were chosen from all over the country across five age categories - 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+ - and one lucky winner will receive a makeover before mingling with celebrities at the star-studded Grand Final in London, which celebrates specs wearers from the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Competition ambassador and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt will announce the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year who will win €12,000 in cash, €1,000 worth of glasses from Specsavers and an all-expenses trip to global fashion capital, New York.