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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Rosanna could be a massive hit in US, says Playboy favourite Victoria

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 28/09/2013|11:34

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Former Playboy star Victoria Silvstedt thinks ex-Miss World Rosanna Davison has what it takes to make it in America.

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Davison (29) graced the pages of US Playboy earlier this year following an appearance in the German version in 2012 and has said she would work with boss Hugh Heffner again.

Statuesque blonde Victoria knows a thing or two about success across the Atlantic, having modelled for fashion houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Armani.

Like Rosanna, she also took part in Miss World, representing her country, Sweden, in 1993. She made it to the top 10 before being picked by Heffner to pose for his magazine.

With experience like that, Rosanna will be glad to know Victoria has every faith in her.

"She has a great chance, the Irish are very special in America," Victoria told the Herald. "Most Americans say they have Irish heritage, so you are one step ahead."

The model and actress was in Dublin yesterday, the third time she has been here, to launch the Victoria Silvstedt by Marie Meili Autumn Winter 2013 Lingerie Collection, available only in department store Brown Thomas.

The 39-year-old showed off her svelte figure in a tight purple dress at the store and posed for photographs with the hundreds of people who turned out to see her.

Her collection, which mixes laces and satins with neutral colours including dusty pink and deep grey, is moderately priced, with a fringed bodice the most expensive at €40.

Victoria had plenty of help to showcase the range, with Irish models Roz Purcell and Thalia Heffernan stripping off.

And Victoria was more than impressed with the two girls. "I love their piercing eyes, they are so beautiful," she said.

There were plenty of well-known faces in the crowd, with model and hostess Michelle McGrath turning up with a group of girl pals.

Ex-Dublin Wives star Virginia Macari was also in attendance and asked Victoria to sign a card for her Swedish partner, Kaste Dahl.

Victoria, who was once a member of the Swedish national ski team, flew into Ireland on Thursday but did not sample a pint of Guinness for Arthur's Day.

"My favourite is beer and I have that with pizza as a treat on a Sunday," she said.

While it was a 24-hour whistle-stop tour for the model, she plans on returning to Ireland in the near future.

"When I was here last time I got to go out. It was a big event so it was amazing.

"We are coming over with a swimwear bikini line in 2014, so hopefully I will get to spend more time here," Victoria said.

(The Herald)

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