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Sure, GlenRo stole headlines but I've no grudge, says Roz

NEWLY crowned Miss Universe Ireland Rozanna Purcell insists that she doesn't hold a grudge after showbiz rivals Glenda Gilson and Rosanna Davison (GlenRo) stole her big moment in the limelight.

The Tipperary-born beauty who beat 25 other contestants at the Wright Venue to scoop the title -- claims reports of frosty behaviour between the two models were greatly exaggerated.

Rozanna (22) admits she was stunned by media coverage focusing on the Assets beauties bitter feud, given that she hadn't observed any tensions between the two backstage at the ceremony last Friday night.

"I was really surprised when I looked at the papers the next day," she told the Diary. "If there was any sort of trouble between Rosanna and Glenda, I certainly didn't notice it. It was definitely exaggerated because they were really professional all night. They both did a fantastic job so the negative coverage was unwarranted.

"I think people were just trying to make something out of nothing."


The Assets beauty also laughed off criticism over her rather over-zealous use of fake tan on the night.

"Looking back, I probably did go a little over the top with the application and the lighting on the night was not very flattering," she said.

"I don't take myself too seriously, though. I just laugh off the nasty comments." Rozanna, who entered Andrea Roche's annual contest for the second year in a row under the title of Miss Lillie's Bordello, was also keen to quash rumours that she was expecting her name to be called out as the winner on the night.

The UCD Politics student insists competition was fierce and says she put her all in to this year's contest.

According to the pageant queen: "It was a really open competition and I think that anyone who was actually there on the night could really see that it could have been any of us.

"I worked really hard all year to make sure I was in great shape after going for it the first year and I think it showed the determination that I have.

"It really paid off for me going for it again. Now I have the pageant experience. I know how to do my own hair and make-up and how to handle myself. Things like that are really necessities and I think it will show when I go to Las Vegas for the Miss Universe finals.

"I have a lot of hard work to do for the next three weeks before I take off on August 5," she added. Roz will represent Ireland on the international stage at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas next month.

She will be joined by her proud parents, as well as her sister and other family members.

- LN