by GARY ELLIS
Gormley, Specsavers Lisburn
store director; Amy-Ruth McCabe,
Catherine McAteer and Jill
Campbell, Specsavers Lisburn
LISBURN girls Catherine McAteer and Amy-Ruth
McCabe are in the frame to win a top modelling contract after
being selected from almost 200 hopefuls competing for a place in
the regional final of Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Catherine and Amy-Ruth will join six other
specs wearing fashionistas from across Northern Ireland at the
semi-final on Thursday, August 21 at the Specsavers store in the
"I am completely shocked to have been chosen
to go through to the Northern Ireland semi-final as I didn't
think I stood a chance. It is a dream come true," said
Amy-Ruth added: "I am over the moon to have
been chosen from the hundreds of entrants and would love to win
the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in the
International Final in London.'
If successful, Catherine and Amy Ruth could
find themselves strutting down the catwalk at the glitzy,
celebrity-studded grand final in London on Tuesday, October 21.
At the international event contestants will be judged by a panel
of industry experts and Specsavers style ambassador and Channel
4 presenter, Gok Wan.
Both 17-year-old Catherine and 18-year-old
Amy-Ruth could be following in the footsteps of last year's
winner, student Sara Pender.
This year's grand final winner will receive a
12-month modelling contract with top London agency - MOT models
- and the chance to appear in a Specsavers advertising campaign.
The sexy specs wearer will also win a two-week all-inclusive
holiday for two in St. Lucia or Barbados.
By entering this year's Spectacle Wearer of
the Year competition, Catherine and Amy-Ruth have helped raise
money for charity. Specsavers is donating �1 for every eligible
entry it has received in this year's competition to
anti-bullying charity Kidscape, which will help them in their
valuable work with children and young people.