Sunday 28 May 2017

Trump's former model protégé Roz Purcell laments closure of model agency: 'They looked after us'

Roz Purcell is one of Ireland's leading food personalities now, centre, at Miss Universe in 2010, inset
Roz Purcell is one of Ireland's leading food personalities now, centre, at Miss Universe in 2010, inset
Rozanna Purcell after Miss Universe in 2010
Roz Purcell is a fitness fanatic
Miss Universe Ireland 2010 Rozanna Purcell crowns Aoife Hannon (19, Limerick) Miss Universe Ireland 2011
Roz Purcell and her boyfriend Zach Desmond in Paris. Image: Instagram
Roz Purcell at Cheltenham Festival. Picture: Damien Eagers
Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump
Roz Purcell at Miss Universe in 2010. Picture: Miss Universe
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Roz Purcell has opened up about her time with Donald Trump's New York model agency amid news of its forthcoming closure.

The former Miss Universe Ireland was taken on by his agency after she caught his eye after coming seventh in the global competition back in 2010.

While Trump may be one of the most controversial presidents in US history, Roz gave his agency a positive rating following her time there as a young 20-year-old model.

"They were really nice to work with and, to be honest with you, I think people are just using it as a negative thing, like 'Oh Trump's modelling agency has closed down'," she told the Herald.

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 were really nice. I started reading some of the comments on the story and people were like, 'Yeah whatever'.

"I thought they were really hard-working women, all of those who were in there. It [the reaction] was because his name was put to it. It probably closed down for totally different reasons."

Roz represented Ireland at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010
Roz represented Ireland at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010

She added that the agency, which is set to close its doors after 18 years in the business, really looked after her while she was in the Big Apple.

"They were really good," she said.

"Even the model house I lived in, I'm still friends with all of the girls there.

"It wasn't in Trump Tower, it was in Tribeca, a really trendy area.

"It was really nice. They looked after us."

As well as working on her second cookbook, which is due out in September, Roz has joined forces with Flahavan's for its Two Minute Energy For Life campaign ahead of its Wellness Workshop in Dublin on May 20.

Roz Purcell is a fitness fanatic
Roz Purcell is a fitness fanatic

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