Eyes on prize for spec­ta­cle-wearer

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - HAN­NAH BARTLETT

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.

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