By Martin Burns
A 16-year-old girl has won the accolade of Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Amelie Berrabah, singer with pop group the Sugababes, chose Tia Qerimi as the winner for Aldershot, reports Optometry Today.
Ms Berrabah, who has worn glasses since she was 15, said that youngsters who need spectacles "should wear them with pride".
Tia won out of more than 200 hopefuls and is now through to the next round to compete for the ultimate title of Spectacle Wearer of the Year in finals to be held over the summer and autumn.
Anti-bullying charity Kidscape will benefit from the competition.
Ms Berrabah said that it is "very sad" that some children suffer bullying for wearing glasses and pointed out: "Specs are cool."
Elsewhere, a US newsletter has suggested that people wear glasses with magnifying lenses if they suffer from vision difficulties.
The Mayo Clinic Women"s HealthSource also recommended using "talking" objects such as alarm clocks and watches if one has trouble reading the data.
by Alexa Kaczka