“I just hope that there will be many more characters to come wearing glasses”
Lowri Moore, who wrote to Disney several years ago calling for a glasses-wearing princess, on her favourite styles and the importance of representation
13 January 2023
How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own?I have about five pairs of both glasses and sunglasses.
What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually choose?Usually I like to go with the more circular frames because I think these suit me best but I have got some more unusual shapes too just for fun.
Can you describe your favourite pair of spectacles or sunglasses?I love the ‘Tony Stark’ style of glasses because I’m a big Marvel fan. So I went with this shape by Vivienne Westwood in glasses and sunglasses.
Do you have a style icon in glasses wearers, or a glasses wearer that you admire?My two sisters have actually started wearing glasses too and they’re definitely my role models. I’ve always looked up to them – with or without glasses they are just amazing. I guess now that they have glasses, they look more like me, which is fun.
How long have you worn spectacles for, and what prompted you to go for your first sight test?I have worn them since I was a baby. My mam noticed I had a squint when I was a really small baby and made the decision for me to get an eye test. I’ve worn glasses my whole life, pretty much.
I would love for people to know that they don’t have to take their glasses off to be beautiful
Do you wear contact lenses?I don't wear contact lenses at the moment but I possibly might do when I'm older for activities like dance shows.
How important is eyewear to reflecting your personality?Glasses are just a part of me now. I don’t think it changes the way I act because they're just totally normal for me.
What are your top three tips for choosing frames?
- Choose a pair you feel comfortable and confident in
- Ask your parents to take a picture of them so you can put your glasses back on and see what they look like on your face
- Don't be afraid to try different ones on – you are allowed to be creative because they're like an accessory.
Campaigning for representation
Last year you received the Love Your Eyes Campaigner of the Year award. Could you tell us what this award means for you?I thought I was going to the event to give a speech and I had no idea that I would be given this award. I am so grateful for it, I haven't done much campaigning recently but the award was such a surprise and I'm so honoured.
The event was nice, and it was lovely to see HRH, Sophie Countess of Wessex, again. It was great to meet lots of inspiring people.
In 2019 you wrote to Disney asking to see more princesses with glasses – last year Encanto was released featuring the glasses-wearing Mirabel. Could you tell us how that felt?
It was amazing seeing a main role wearing glasses and I'm very happy about the impact it's had on people. There has been a buzz since the film because people wanted to see how I felt about things now that we have a positive role model in glasses. I just hope that there will be many more characters to come wearing glasses, and that this is just the start of this positive change. I would love for people to know that they don’t have to take their glasses off to be beautiful.
Last autumn, Lowri Moore launched a new campaign, #GlassesOn, calling on tech companies to create an option to add glasses to emojis. Currently, Moore emphasised, glasses-wearing emojis include a ‘nerd face,’ ‘granny,’ or ‘teacher,’ which only “reinforce negative stereotypes.” Find out more about the campaign here.