Saturday 18 November 2017

Rosanna Davison's 8 Most Talked About Moments

Rosanna Davison of Ireland sports a bikini with fellow Miss World 2003 contestants
Rosanna Davison of Ireland sports a bikini with fellow Miss World 2003 contestants
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Rosanna Davison is full of surprises.

She shocked showbiz circles when she wed her beau of eight years Wesley Quirke in a surprise ceremony on Friday afternoon. And let's face it, Ireland's top model is headline fixture for a reason. Here, we count her most talked about moments in her 11 years of the spotlight.

1. Playboy

Rosanna famously posed for the German edition of Playboy last summer after years of the publication courting her. She remains the only Irish cover girl and even landed a spread in the US version after Hugh Hefner gave her pictures the thumbs up. Would she do it again?

"I suppose the message that I wanted to put out there was that you can be an educated woman, you can be in charge, you can be sexual, you can be in charge of your sexuality and, you know, you can be everything. I hate the thought of being pigeonholed, and boxed into the idea that you can be only be eye candy or be sexy for men."
Rosanna Davison on the cover of Playboy

2. Being Miss World

She remains the first and only Irish Miss World winner ever. More than 10 years since winning the title, she is Ireland's most recognised model.

SANYA, CHINA: Newly crowned Miss World 2003 Rosanna Davison of Ireland reacts to the crowd at the Beauty Crown Theater in Sanya, 06 December 2003, in southern China's Hainan Province. China's Qi Guan finished third and Canada's Nazanin Afshin-Jam finished second. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Posing for PETA

This strict vegan posed nude for PETA this year, with strategically placed body paint covering her modesty. She's stripped more than once for the animal rights group over the years.


4. That Morocco Trip

How could you have forgotten the 'Rumble in Ranelagh' and Rosanna's subsequent jaunt to Morocco with pals, including developer Johnny Ronan in 2012. Does she regret it?

"Not at all," she says. "I had a great time. I enjoyed it. I said that before. And I'll say that again. I trust my decisions. That's why I try not to regret anything."

Rosanna Davison, hija de Chris de Burgh.jpg

5. Ryanair Lawsuit

Rosanna successfully sued Ryanair in 2011 and was awarded €80,000 in damages after the court found her defamed by Ryanair.

The jury found that she was defamed in a press release issued by Ryanair in November 2008, which described her comments about the airlines charity calender as bordering on racism.
Rosanna Davison arrives at Dublin's High Court where the former Miss World was awarded 80,000 euro after suing Ryanair for defamation

7. Marathon Cheating Accusations

Rosanna was falsely accused of 'cheating' during the 2012 Flora Women's Mini Marathon after a search for her registration number led to a different name. However, this was put down to simple disorganisation.

“I registered and paid to enter as an elite runner but the acceptance letter was packed in a box when we moved house,” she said at the time.“This meant I wasn’t able to collect the number from the RDS and they don’t let you in without a form,” she said.
4/6/12 Rosanna Davison as she finishes the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

8. Plastic Surgery Speculation

The model is regularly questioned about whether or not she has gone under the knife for a breast augmentation. But she always maintains that the topic of too personal to discuss and has hit out at male interviewers in particular grilling her on the topic.

"All I’ll say is that it’s a very personal area to go down. You should appreciate the photos for what they are. That’s all."
Rosanna Davison - Dubliner magazineFOR EVENING HERALD USE ONLY


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