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Roz Purcell slams former model boss Donald Trump's presidential bid: 'It sounds like a joke'

Elaine McCahill

Published 17/12/2015 | 07:36

Rozanna Purcell at at Miss Universe photocall in 2011 with Donald Trump and other winners
Rozanna Purcell at at Miss Universe photocall in 2011 with Donald Trump and other winners
Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump
Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay
Donald Trump (C) and (L-R) Miss Ireland 2010 Rosanna Purcell, Miss Kosovo 2008 Zana Krasniqi, Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud, Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey attend a photocall at Chelsea Piers, Studio 59 on July 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
Roz Purcell.at the launch of Clayton Hotels’ Vitality Breakfast. Picture Andres Poveda
Roz Purcell and sister Rachel

Roz Purcell said has slammed former model boss Donald Trump's US presidential bid “like a joke”.

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While competing at the 2010 Miss Universe competition representing Ireland, the Tipperary native (25) famously had a fan in the pageant owner and billionaire, who would praise her at every opportunity.

After coming in seventh in the pageant, the beautiful brunette moved to New York after signing with the Donald Trump agency and tried her hand at the international fashion scene, when she was just 20 years old.

The presidential candidate has been a regular in the headlines in recent weeks, namely over his comments on immigration. In the last debate before the Republican presidential candidate is chosen, which took place on Tuesday night, Trump said if he wins the election Muslims will not be allowed to enter the US.

Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump
Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump

“They’re not coming to this country if I’m president. And if Obama has brought some to this country, they are leaving – they’re going, they’re gone,” he said.

One person on our shores who's struggling with taking his Presidential bid seriously is his former model protégé,

“I love watching the news in the morning, and you’d hear all the stuff he’s saying and some of what he’s coming out with sounds like a joke,” she told the Herald.

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Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay
Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay

“It’s so strange that people take him seriously, like you’d wonder if he’s just putting it on, or if he really believes it. Last week he said he doesn’t believe in global warming – it’s mad.

“And for someone in such a powerful position, it’s scary – because people in America will listen to him,” she added.

For the last five years, the top model has remained largely tight-lipped about her previously alliance with Trump's agency in New York, but in recent months has spoken about his bid for the White House.

"I would be very surprised if he became president of America," she Eoghan McDermott on 2fm earlier this year.

Roz Purcell and sister Rachel
Roz Purcell and sister Rachel

"Obviously, when I’ve ever met him during Miss Universe, he was always very nice to me.

"I was from Ireland…I wasn’t trying to sneak across the border or anything like that," she laughed.

"I think that a lot of the things he’s running his election on, I’d be really against so I hope he won’t."

Meanwhile, the popular food blogger is looking forward to relaxing over Christmas, where she will be jetting off to Thailand with her sister Rachel, leaving boyfriend of three years Bressie at home in Mullingar.

Roz Purcell.at the launch of Clayton Hotels’ Vitality Breakfast. Picture Andres Poveda
Roz Purcell.at the launch of Clayton Hotels’ Vitality Breakfast. Picture Andres Poveda

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“I don’t have time to go away during the summer, because I’m too busy with work, so that’s why I love getting away at Christmas,” she said.

“Normally we go on a fitness holiday with our family to Lanzarote, but we decided to do something a bit different this year. We’re both the most indecisive people, so I think everyone was surprised when we finally booked it.

“I don’t think we’ll be hitting up any Full Moon parties though, the resort is focused on healthy food and relaxing, so there’ll be lots of yoga.

“Sometimes I miss Christmas at home but I want to get away before work kicks back in.”

Roz was at the launch of Friday’s EuroMillions jackpot, which is an estimated €80m.

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