Chloe shows off her specs appeal as she heads to national finals

Chloe Mills from South Shields is through to the national finals of Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.
Chloe Mills from South Shields is through to the national finals of Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.
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A South Tyneside fashionista overcame school bullies to wear her glasses with pride and make it to the finals of a national modelling contest.

Chloe Mills, 22, from South Shields, is up for the title Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.

Chloe Mills from South Shields is through to the national finals of Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.

Chloe Mills from South Shields is through to the national finals of Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.

Chloe, together with her mum Sue, will soon be heading off to London for the chance to win £10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York.

As part of her preparations for the final, Chloe will travel to London on Monday to meet organisers of the competition and be interviewed by the judges.

On Tuesday, at the glittering awards event, she will find out if she has been crowned the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.

Chloe said: “Class work was a real problem. I had to squint at the board and sometimes cover over my left eye to help me focus.

Chloe Mills from South Shields is through to the national finals of Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.

Chloe Mills from South Shields is through to the national finals of Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016.

“When the headaches started I asked my mum if I could go for an eye test and we were all shocked when my results showed I needed a strong prescription for both my eyes. My left eye was particularly weak.

“The bullies used my specs as another opportunity to get at me so although I needed to wear them I chopped and changed and every time I started to wear them again I’d feel really weird – just like I was floating in space.

“This went on for over a year until one day I decided I was sick of feeling that way and I was just going to wear my specs and get on with it. I’ve not stopped wearing them since, I feel undressed without them, they are part of me and make me who I am.”

Now in its 21st year, the competition raises funds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.