Former Miss World Rosanna Davison slams Donald Trump's 'crazy' attack on beauty queen
Published 19/10/2016 | 07:20
Rosanna Davison has hit out at Donald Trump for his insulting comments towards a former Miss Universe, describing the attack as "crazy".
The Wicklow woman burst onto the scene when she was the first and only Irish contestant to be crowned Miss World in the 2003 contest.
The US presidential candidate slammed former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado for gaining weight and labelled her "Miss Piggy".
However, Rosanna has insisted people were much nicer to her at the Miss World pageant in comparison.
"It's just a shame. I think Trump says things for effect, it's a shame that it was said. It's unfortunate to hear about cases where a woman is made to feel insecure about her body. It's crazy, but does it surprise anybody?" she told the Diary.
"There was nothing inappropriate or anything that made me feel uncomfortable at Miss World in any way; we were all treated like princesses." The competitions have a long-standing rivalry with each other, but the Eat Yourself Beautiful author believes the difference comes down to what each pageant stands for.
"Miss World is older and involves more countries. It's more focused on the charity side. I spent most of my year working with charities.
"They're looking for someone who can go out in front of the media or go to hospitals and orphanages and things like that," she said.
The 32-year-old has been focused on building her brand as a health and fitness expert in recent years and has authored two books, her most recent being Eat Yourself Fit.
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"I've been flying around the place promoting it and will be up until Christmas. I have various cookery demos coming up," she said.
"I really enjoy it, it's a great buzz. I actually enjoy public speaking which is unusual, most people don't enjoy it."
The blonde has also experienced some of the negative aspects of fame and has had fans taking pictures of her when she's out and about.
"They do take my picture, it tends to happen in restaurants or bars. I don't mind, but I would be just as happy if they came up to me," she said.
I'm happy to take pictures with people. I think people think they don't want to disturb you but I don't mind that much.
"It's always nice to interact with people who follow you online and meet them in real life."
Rosanna believes the key to her success has been interacting with her fans.
"Your content is important and the creativity that you use for the material you put up online. You have to build a sense of community with your followers.
"Launching competitions is a great way to attract new followers," she said.