Maria Gildea, representing County Donegal, ROI, was crowned the 2012 Spectacle Wearer of the Year. She entered the competition because she loved how her specs made her look. After being crowned, the 2012 champion said:
'I was thrilled and surprised to have won. All of the contestants looked amazing in their specs. The whole competition has been an amazing experience and I'm really excited to enjoy my prizes – a Caribbean holiday and modelling representation. Wow!'