Women"s writer and politician Louise Bagshawe has revealed that the change from glasses to contact lenses in her teens changed her life.
The author of Destiny - her latest offering - admitted to being frugal in her own clothing purchases but researches glamorous fashion accessories for her writing.
Held up by the Telegraph as a possible example of women who can "have it all", Ms Bagshawe admitted that she was picked on at school for having a bad hairstyle and thick-lens glasses.
"I was bullied at school and boys thought I was the most disgusting creature imaginable It"s no exaggeration to say that contact lenses in my late teens changed my life overnight," she told the newspaper.
With apparent confidence, Ms Bagshawe has pursued careers in music and is now the Conservative candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire.
She has written 13 books so far. Her first was called Career Girls.
by Alexa Kaczka