Ireland’s most down-to-earth celebrity couple Roz Purcell and Niall 'Bressie' Breslin spend their spare time cooking healthy treats and training with her older sister Rachel.
Tipperary sisters Roz and Rachel star in a Christmas themed photo spread in the December issue of VIP Magazine, spilling the details on their healthy lifestyle and tight family bond.
24-year-old Rozanna is one of the country’s most in demand models and is enjoying the opportunities that her health food blog is sending her way. But, the former Miss Universe Ireland says she wishes she could have her sister’s organisational skills.
“I’d save a lot of money and I would not lose stuff 24/7,” she tells VIP.
Rachel (27) is one of the three Purcell girls and she lives with Roz and Bressie in their Dublin home.
Roz tells the magazine that her and Rachel were “inseparable” when growing up, but after she packed her bags to live in New York city after the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 and Rachel relocated to Toronto, the two sisters didn’t see each other for two years.
“I’m so bad at keeping in touch with anybody,” Roz admits. “Our family wouldn’t mollycoddle each other. We’re all very independent. When Rachel got home...we were back to normal. We are yin and yang.”
Rachel, who works in marketing, is as passionate about clean living as her younger sister, and is regularly seen training in Dublin’s Fit Studios.
Roz previously revealed that she always thought it was Rachel who would end up foraying into the modelling world.
"I thought Rachel would become a model, because she was the gorgeous one that everyone looked up to, and I used to feel like such a runt beside her. I always had frizzy hair and loads of freckles, and used to put Sun-In in to lighten my hair, so it had a weird ginger tint. I was never put together properly, always had mismatched socks, streaky tan and did my make-up all wrong, but I didn't really care."
It was only when she panicked at the prospect of being in a bikini for the Miss Universe Ireland heats that she “became body conscious” and started running, but fitness and sport were inherent in her nature thanks to her close knit family.
Her eldest sister Rebecca (33), Rachel, her mother Cecily and her father John are all exercise enthusiasts.
“I‘ve been cycling since I was 11 or 12. My dad got me into it. He wanted to find a sport that he could still do but the impact wouldn’t be so bad. He started cycling and the whole family jumped on board. At the weekend, my family will always go for a long cycle,” she previously said.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Roz, who completed a gruelling Ironman Triathlon earlier this year, will spend Christmas at a sports club in Lanzarote with Rachel, Rebecca and Rebecca’s boyfriend.
“It’s great because you can eat all through Christmas but come back really fit,” she laughs.
December issue of VIP Magazine is out now.