TV’s favourite dance diva Oti Mabuse has high-kicked off the search for the UK’s proudest glasses wearers in Ammanford – with a £10,000 cash prize up for grabs.

The star of Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer showcased her own stunning specs style in a new photoshoot, as she launches Specsavers’ annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2019.

Oti – who swaps her specs for contact lenses when she hits the dancefloor – says: ‘I’ve been wearing my glasses since I was 10 and I wear them all the time. I can’t live without them.

‘I’ve got about 20 glasses and I love changing them to go with different outfits. There are so many styles to choose from, specs are a great way for people to express themselves through fashion.

‘I feel more confident when I put my specs on. I wouldn’t be Oti without them.’

All glasses wearers in Ammanford aged 16 and over just need to share a selfie and tell Specsavers what their glasses mean to them to be in with a chance of winning the prestigious accolade.

For every entry accepted, Specsavers will donate £1 to children’s anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

Spectacle Wearer of the Year has raised more than half a million pounds for Kidscape over the past ten years.

The money raised helps support the charity in providing practical support to children and families affected by bullying.

Wales has seen a number of successful entrants reach the London final since the competition began. The most recent Welsh attendees included Merthyr Tydfil woman Pilar Mayo, in 2016, and trainee teacher, Jessica Collins, who attended the following year.

Kevin McCarthy, from Specsavers in Ammanford, says: ‘Once again, our local community has the chance to show off their individual specs style, support an excellent cause and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize.

‘This For hundreds of years, glasses wearers have fended off offensive treatment and this competition has a dual purpose when it comes to bullying: to raise money and awareness through Kidscape and encourage specs wearers in Ammanford to wear their glasses with pride - encouraging others to do likewise.’

Oti adds: ‘Kids used to call me “four eyes”, but I always say four eyes are better than two. I believe people should be proud to wear glasses. Embrace them, they are part of who you are and you are fabulous.’

Seven finalists, plus a social media favourite voted for by the public, will attend a celebrity-packed awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize.

Specs wearers should get snapping and share their selfie at Deadline for entries is 30 June 2019.