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83-year-old crowned “Spectacle Wearer of the Year”

83-year-old crowned “Spectacle Wearer of the Year”

An 83-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, has won the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Doreen McManis, from Brighton, Victoria, beat hundreds of entrants in a nationwide search by Specsavers to find Australia’s most confident and stylish spectacle-wearer.

Doreen was prompted to enter the competition from one of the team members at Specsavers Brighton who noticed her unique, confident style. Doreen says, “After I picked out my new frames and she gave us all the details on how to enter, that evening my granddaughter and myself sat down and filled out the application form and the rest, as they say, is history!”

Alex Perry And Doreen Mc Manis

Judge Alex Perry and Doreen

Doreen was one of eight finalists shortlisted for the competition and flown to Sydney for a makeover and professional photoshoot with judges Alex Perry and Brett Albury. Both of the judges were taken by Doreen’s confident, spirit and passion for spectacle style during her photoshoot.

Doreen is now headed to LA, to meet actress Eva Longoria who was also one of the judges.

Doreen also gave some style advice for other older Australians choosing a pair of glasses: “My one piece of advice for older spectacle wearers is that you don’t have to be young to make a trendy pair of glasses work for you! I love looking trendy and having that ‘wow factor’ and I think one way to achieve this is by wearing a pair of frames that suit your face. My other piece of style advice is to stick to a simplistic style, go for timeless pieces and remember that coordination is key.”