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Saturday 27 December 2014

Mel C proud spectacle wearer

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Melanie Chisholm attends the James' Jog-on to Cancer charity fundraiser hosted by journalist James Ingham at Kensington Roof Gardens on April 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Mel C

Mel C says she's proud to be the face of a new "fashionable" glasses campaign.

The Spice Girls singer has teamed up with Specsavers eyewear company to front it's Spectacle Wearer Of The Year Awards.

Mel says she is proud to be the face of the UK based search, which aims to hunt out ordinary people around the country who look extraordinary in their glasses.

"I started wearing glasses when I was 13 and that's an age when you're very sensitive. Things were changing and to have any attention drawn to you is pretty horrible, so I was quite self-conscious about having to wear glasses. I had to wear them for school and to read the blackboard," Mel explained to British magazine OK! about her reasons for signing up to the campaign.

"It's wonderful that Specsavers want to encourage people to be proud to wear their specs. There are lots of people now in the public eye to wear them and also it's fashionable; so it's really nice to have a positive attitude to glasses."

Mel is otherwise known as her nickname, Sporty Spice, from her days in the nineties girl band. She is best known for wearing casual activewear clothing during this period. She says dressing in a provocative way was never important for her.

"When I was younger and jumping around as Sporty Spice, I didn't feel like I wanted to express myself in a sexy way like Britney Spears or Rihanna does," she reflected. "Each to their own."

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