Saturday 19 August 2017

Me, Myself and I with the Irish model Roz Purcell

'I don't usually cry, but in Azraq Camp I couldn't help it'

Model Roz Purcell.
Model Roz Purcell.
2: Roz crossing the finish line of the Austria 70.3 Ironman in Sankt Pölten
One of Roz's pet terriers.
No 3: Her bike - the item Roz would save from a fire.
No 1: 'The Secret Race' book.

Alison O'Riordan

The model on her love for 'Zoolander' and why she wants ACDC played at her funeral.

The book that changed my life

1) 'The Secret Race', a book about Tyler Hamilton's racing career. I was obsessed with it. It didn't change my life but I would recommend everyone to read it if you're into sports.

The quote that keeps me sane

Whether you say you can or you can't, you're right either way.

The best advice I've ever received

Don't ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go.

The film I've watched again and again

'Zoolander' – it just never gets old, no matter what mood I'm in. I always feel happy after I watch it. And smart!

The song I want played at my funeral

AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' – it might make people laugh.

The scent that evokes pleasant memories

Fresh cut grass – it reminds me of growing up just as summer was coming.

The piece of furniture that will become an heirloom

My grandmother's violin.

The picture that is worth a thousand words

Me crossing the finish line of the Austria 70.3 Ironman in Sankt Pölten. All the work and time that goes into training, and the emotional roller coaster you go through during the race, is all for that one moment.

The item that takes pride of place in my wardrobe

My Balenciaga boots. I saved up for them for ages and I plan all my outfits around them.

The sentimental piece of jewellery

I don't have any. I'm not really into jewellery and was never given any.

Favourite restaurant in the world

The Yellowtail Japanese restaurant in the Belaggio Hotel, Las Vegas.

The item I'd save in a fire

My bike. I use it every day.

The characteristic I like most in myself

I'm determined.

And least

A little too competitive.

My first kiss

I can't remember. I think it was in primary school when we played kiss chase!

The last time I cried

I don't usually cry, but when I was in 4) Azraq refugee camp in Jordan I couldn't help it when I heard some of the families' stories.

It was the best of times

Modelling in Cape Town. I had the greatest time and met the best people but don't think I could do it again as it was chaotic.

It was the worst of times

Modelling for Dominican Republic Fashion Week. I just didn't enjoy it. I'm not someone to get homesick but I was very lonely there and the people at Fashion Week weren't nice to me.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

My older sister Rebecca. She's very level headed and extremely intelligent. She is always positive no matter what.

My death row dinner

The starter would be grilled calamari from Busaba Eathai Thai restaurant – it's a franchise in London. Mains would be a big bowl of creamy mashed potato with real butter and Kobe beef with dad's gravy. Dessert would be the Nutella cheesecake from San Lorenzo's, a restaurant on South Great George's Street, Dublin.

Pet peeves

People who use the word 'ya'll'. It's not okay unless you're from Texas. And people who look for attention and seek compliments.

My four-legged friend/s

Jack and Russ – two terriers that are the best of friends.

Roz is an ambassador for aid organisation World Vision, supporting their 'survive to five' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that every day thousands of children are dying, not from a serious illness, but because they do not have access to clean water; worldvision.ie

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