How do you feel when you wear your glasses?
I love wearing my glasses. They are a part of my identity and I feel very liberated because I can see and don't bump into any tables or walls! I wouldn't be Oti without my glasses.
What would you say to anyone who is experiencing bullying, especially for wearing glasses?
Kids uses to call me 'four eyes' but I always say four are better than two. To anyone who is experiencing bullying I would say 'own it' - love yourself and your glasses. They are cool and of course they are there for a reason, so you can see. You are beautiful because of who you are not what you look like.
What would you say to anyone thinking of entering?
I would say go for it! You just need to take a selfie and share in 50 words why you love your specs. It's for a great cause and you might just win.
TV personality and dance diva Oti Mabuse is the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2019 ambassador.
We talk to the star of Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer about her own stunning specs style and what Spectacle Wearer of the Year (SWOTY) means to her.
How does it feel to be the face of SWOTY 2019?
I’m delighted to be this year’s SWOTY ambassador. These awards help challenge the stigma that some people have about wearing glasses – whatever your age, wearing glasses is cool. I believe people should be proud to wear glasses. Embrace them, they are part of who you are and you are fabulous!
So tell us about your glasses. How many do you have?
I’ve been wearing them since I was ten years old so it’s a way of life for me. I don’t get up in the morning without putting my glasses on first thing. I have so many glasses! I have different ones for different occasions. I think they’re a cool accessory and they make me feel very stylish. I always make sure there is a spectacle for every spectacle!