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Roz plays her Trump card to become a model in Big Apple

Miss Universe Ireland Rozanna Purcell will be celebrating on the double this weekend.

Not only is she blowing out the candles on her 20th birthday cake, the beauty looks set to become one of New York's most sought-after models.

The Diary can exclusively reveal that Rozanna will return to New York in October to begin carving out her international modelling career with Trump Model Management.

"I'm so excited," she told the Diary. "All I've been doing since I got home is catching up on my sleep because for the past two months all I've had is two or three hours a night.

"I'm going back to the US in the third week of October to start working.

"That's where I see my future now but I'm going to try to fit in a bit of travelling to South America before then because I've had loads of approaches from agencies there as well.

"My bags are already packed and ready to go. My parents are all up for it. They've gone from being low-key farmers to full on showbiz parents," she joked.

"But no, they're just delighted for me and think I should take every opportunity."


Clonmel native Rozanna, who came seventh in the Miss Universe final in Las Vegas, has already become friends with plenty of New York's most influential movers and shakers, including her agency boss Donald Trump.

"He's so nice. I thought he was going to be scary but he's not at all. It was a very surreal experience going into his office because I remember it being a big deal getting my photo taken there when I visited New York years ago.

"He was lovely and it's so good of him to give me this opportunity," she added.

Roz, who is due back in Dublin today, said although she is glad to see her family and friends, she can't wait to see what jobs await her in the US.

She also confirmed she would love to model for Victoria's Secret, which would see her work alongside some of the world's hottest models such as Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio.

"I just want to keep working. My dream job is to be modelling in New York; it always has been since I was a little girl. As long as I'm doing that, whether it's with Victoria's Secret or whoever, I'll be happy.

"I've already made so many great friends over there," she added.

The UCD student has taken a year out of her politics studies as she charts a new career path.

Meanwhile, she is set to make her return to the Irish modelling scene this week.

"I'm doing a few shoots. I don't have my schedule yet but I'm looking forward to it."

One of her first big jobs here will be at the Leopardstown racecourse on Friday ahead of the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday.

And she'll be celebrating her birthday over the weekend.

"I don't have any plans yet but I'm not into big fancy celebrations so I'll probably just gather a few of my friends somewhere, which will be a great excuse for a catch up," she said.