Westport lass enjoys an evening with the stars in her eyes at Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards

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Westport lass Grace Healey rubbed shoulders with the stars this week as she took part in Specsavers’ 15th annual celebrity-studded Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, which celebrated national Anti-Bullying Week

Glasses wearer Grace Healey Specsavers Opticians

Grace, aged 19, was awarded second place at the final of the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards

After more than 25 years in the fashion industry you know the sort of things you’re looking for in a new model and I can honestly say that the standard of contestants this year was exceptional.

Westport lass Grace Healey rubbed shoulders with the stars this week as she took part in Specsavers’ 15th annual celebrity-studded Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, which celebrated national Anti-Bullying Week (14-18 November 2011).

Grace, aged 19, was awarded second place at the final of the annual modelling competition, which was staged at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station. Guests included event host and style guru Gok Wan, actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Kara Tointon and Max George of The Wanted.

The Wanted’s Max George clinched the title of Celebrity Spectacle Wearer of the Year, while dance group Diversity’s Perri Kiely was named Best Newcomer. Strictly Come Dancing’s Nancy Dell’Olio received the Glamorous Glasses Award 2011.    

The Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition was launched by Kara Tointon in May this year. Grace’s journey to the final began when she beat stiff competition from nearly 5,000 hopefuls to win one of 10 places, representing the Republic Of Ireland.

Each runner-up received a spectacular goody bag full of hair and beauty products from Andrew Barton Salons and Simple, plus a £150 Specsavers designer glasses and eye test voucher.

The judging panel for this week’s final included Daily Telegraph fashion correspondent Hilary Alexander, Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model star Grace Woodward, Specsavers Opticians co-founder Dame Mary Perkins, celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton and the founder of MOT Models Helen Illes.

Helen Illes, founder of MOT Models says: ‘After more than 25 years in the fashion industry you know the sort of things you’re looking for in a new model and I can honestly say that the standard of contestants this year was exceptional. Just getting this far is a massive accomplishment and Grace should be very proud.’

Lucie Stevenson from Scotland was crowned overall winner on the night and received 12 months’ representation from MOT Models, a two week all-inclusive holiday for two to Barbados or St Lucia courtesy of Almond Resorts and Virgin Holiday, a year’s worth of beauty products from Simple and a makeover from celebrity hair stylist Andrew Barton.

A luxury raffle on the night, in aid of children’s anti-bullying Kidscape, helped raise a grand total of £10,000. This included a Specsavers Opticians donation of £1 for every eligible competition entry, plus ticket sales from the awards ceremony.

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