Sunday 4 December 2016

Roz Purcell: 'I'm not obsessed with weighing myself like I used to be'

Published 28/09/2016 | 07:27

Roz Purcell in Boston. Picture: Instagram
Roz Purcell in Boston. Picture: Instagram
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Vogue Williams & Roz Purcell pictured enjoying Moët Party Day in Dublin. Picture: Anthony Woods
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Roz Purcell in London. Picture: Instagram

She may be known for her sultry pouts and razor sharp cheek bones, but top model Roz Purcell has revealed that she started out her modelling career with a very different look.

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The 26-year-old, who is currently dating music promoter Zach Desmond, said her face used to be much "chubbier".

"I had such baby fat and my eyebrows were different," she told the Diary.

"You learn through your make-up like using lip liner. Before, lip liner wasn't really a thing. There's a lot of different elements through the years that I have changed."

Rozanna Purcell in 2009
Rozanna Purcell in 2009

As well as changing her look over the years, the Tipperary woman said she has also changed her attitude and now takes a much more laid back approach to life.

This follows her sister Rachel being diagnosed with leukaemia.

"I used to be a really anxious person but since Rachel, I have completely changed.

"I don't worry about anything. Stress is a contributor to so many different things, I completely avoid it. I would always look for what could go wrong. Nothing keeps me awake at night now."

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And Roz said she has carried this approach through to the cut-throat world of showbiz and modelling.

She sympathised with fellow model and TV presenter Vogue Williams who recently opened up about getting cruel comments about her weight on social media.

"Vogue has an amazing figure. When you meet her, she's such a confident girl. She's in fantastic shape," Roz said.

"I was like, 'fair play to her for doing that'. People feel secure sitting behind a computer writing something but things like that actually do hurt.

Rozanna Purcell at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016
Rozanna Purcell at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016

"Vogue and I have been in the industry for so long, you kind of take it on the chin. Once you respond to people, they take a step back and they say, 'oh god, sorry'. I don't think they realise people actually read their comments."

After taking a step back from the modelling world, Roz said that she is less concerned with her weight, despite eating clean and hitting the gym regularly.

"I don't really know how much I weigh. I'm more about how I feel now and I'm not obsessed with weighing myself at all. I used to be, but I've taken a step back from it," she said.

"I weigh myself every three months, my trainer would do my body fat measurements.

Vogue Williams & Roz Purcell pictured enjoying Moët Party Day in Dublin. Picture: Anthony Woods
Vogue Williams & Roz Purcell pictured enjoying Moët Party Day in Dublin. Picture: Anthony Woods

"When you've been modelling for seven, eight years, you get it a lot.

"When you're in a job that's based on aesthetics people feel they can comment on your aesthetics. When I was modelling abroad, people would just say things to you.

"They would say you need to lose weight, straight up. There wasn't an outlet back then to Google a meal plan."

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