Roz Purcell sizzles in bikini shots on Thai holiday as she reflects on 'year of ups and downs'
Model turned lifestyle guru Roz Purcell is showing off the benefits of healthy living with her envy inducing photos in Thailand.
The cookbook author (26) is currently in Southeast Asia with her sister Rachel as they embark on their holiday tradition of jetting off abroad to mark Christmas together.
And the former Miss Universe Ireland has been busy showing her hard-earned figure in the sultry beach snaps.
In an interview with the Sunday Independent's Life magazine, Roz reflected on an "up and down year". At the start of 2016, Rachel was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.
"I’s been a memorable year. It was probably the most up-and-down year, but also the most fun, which I know might sound strange. My sister Rachel’s diagnosis with cancer at the start of the year really shocked our whole family," she said.
"But it’s kind of come full circle, in that it’s the new normal, and she’s inspired our whole family. I suppose it puts everything into perspective. I am definitely not as stressed a person as I used to be. I’m really enjoying each moment, and I take the majority of opportunities that come to me."
"The family has become a lot closer, and now Rachel is on the road to recovery, and things are getting so much better. We got Wilko this year as well. I don’t remember what my life was like before him. He is so good; he has just slotted into the family."
Early this year, Roz also split with boyfriend of four years Bressie, but has been dating MCD music promoter Zach Desmond for several months. And the pair recently flew to Hong Kong together with their sisters.
"Rachel and I are going to Asia this year for Christmas. We are going to Hong Kong, Thailand and somewhere else; we haven’t fully decided. It will be a nice long holiday.
"We go away every Christmas; it is our thing. We had said this year we would stay in Ireland, but then as the months went on, we just thought, ‘Well, you only live once’. We’re leaving two weeks before Christmas, and we’re back New Year’s.
"We’re so used to going away at Christmas time. I remember there was another Christmas Day that we ended up having dinner with a random Italian family. It’s our normal," she said.
As for staying fit over the festive season, the Natural Born Feeder blogger said she will indulge herself on Christmas Day, but always makes time to train, no matter where she is in the world.
"I will definitely indulge when we’re away. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Stephen’s Day, I will eat whatever I want. Like you would at home. I think it’s in our mentality. We are trained to think, ‘I will eat everything at Christmas’. Barry’s teabags come with me everywhere, and a selection box," she explained.
"But I will still continue to train. I get quite antsy when I don’t train. I have already looked up places I can train in Hong Kong. There’s a really amazing place — we went there last year — that has Muay Thai boxing, so I will just train as normal.
"You have so many Christmases in your life, so I like to do something a bit different. I’m sure once I settle down and have a family, I’ll be at home for most Christmases.
"It’s just nice when I’m young to go off and experience different things, and how people celebrate Christmas, and its different meals, all over the world."