Eyes on prize for spectacle-wearer
A Nelson woman has her sights set on the Big Apple, after being named among the top six spectacle wearers in New Zealand.
Eighteen year-old Dana Costello is a finalist in the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition, and if crowned the most stylish and confident spectacle wearer in the country, will be on her way to New York to meet celebrity judge Kim Cattrall.
Retail assistant Costello said she entered the competition after a family friend told her she looked groovy in her glasses.
She said she’s been wearing them for a year, after Meningococcal B disease damaged her eyesight.
‘‘[It caused] inflammation of the brain and spine, it destroyed my eyes, and I couldn’t really see anymore,’’ she said.
She says her much-needed glasses have improved her look, however, and she has her eyes fixed on winning the competition.
She said she would love to take her mother with her to New York, who has longed dreamed of visiting the city after a battle with cancer.
‘‘She would just so deserve it. She’s been to hell and back with pain and chemotherapy.’’
But Costello said whether she wins or not, entering the competition has been worth it.
‘‘I had an amazing trip up to Auckland [for the semi-finals] and the great experience. I got some new glasses, and prize money [$500 cash]. I really feel privileged to get this far, to be honest.’’
The winner will be announced on January 30.
Dana Costello models Specsavers glasses, after being named a finalist in Spectacle Wearer of the Year.