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May 8th, 2009
06:57 AM ET

The Story Behind the Glasses

Never before has a pair of glasses provoked so much talk. Leah Finnegan, a senior from the University of Texas (and editor of the school paper), donned the oversized frames for our Class of '09 interview segment yesterday. We were all wondering - Is this the new hip thing? Is everything really bigger in Texas? After the show, we had to get the story.
Here it is - directly copied from an e-mail from Leah:
"I've worn glasses forever and have tried lots of different styles. When my last pair started to disintegrate, I figured it was time to go big or go home – I mean, if you have to wear glasses, you might as well wear glasses. These frames have been good to me."

Filed under: Class of '09 • Heidi Collins
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Nik from Canada

    I still think they're weird. Her glasses look like larger versions of the glasses I wore when I was 12. 10 years later, the glasses I wear are much smaller and more functional.

    If she wants to wear larger glasses and try to make a fashion statement, good for her. Such large glasses are definitely not for me.

    Although, if Leah is thinking of going out and getting a job in the world or interacting with people, she should be aware that while she might love her glasses, other people around her might not and it might affect their first impressions of her (in cerain situations like a job interview).

    May 8, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  2. Pam Stoltz

    Obviously Leah is an independent thinker and doesn't care whether other people like her glasses or not. Judge someone by their glasses? Why would you even say that?

    May 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Walsh Irving

    yeah if you google hipster glasses this is the first thing to come up
    just like it

    May 8, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  4. Jeremy Johnson

    I, for one, am all for them. It may be silly, but for those of us who appreciate silliness, that's a bonus. And while some may hate, most are doing it out of envy of her freedom of expression.

    June 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  5. Hipster nation

    A year ago a friend said she was on the lookout for some hipster glasses. She has 20/20 vision. But she wanted "hipster glasses" with no prescription, some that looked just like "the Texan's editor's."
    I'm optimistic potential employers will be able to tear themselves from staring at her large glasses and maybe glance at her resume quickly enough to notice all of her impressive credentials. Otherwise, I'm afraid even journalists who work behind-the-scenes will have to evolve into model look-alikes to find a job in this shallow society.

    June 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm |