Friday 20 April 2018

Roz Purcell: 'Donald Trump's tv remarks about my looks were weird'

Donald Trump (C) and (L-R) Miss Ireland 2010 Rosanna Purcell, Miss Kosovo 2008 Zana Krasniqi, Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud, Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey attend a photocall at Chelsea Piers, Studio 59 on July 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
Donald Trump (C) and (L-R) Miss Ireland 2010 Rosanna Purcell, Miss Kosovo 2008 Zana Krasniqi, Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud, Miss Universe 2002 Justine Pasek, and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey attend a photocall at Chelsea Piers, Studio 59 on July 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
Rozanna Purcell at at Miss Universe photocall in 2011 with Donald Trump and other winners
Roz Purcell as Fulfil launches four new Fan-Created Flavours & celebrates with a Unique Pop-Up Shop in Dublin City Centre#FulfilPopUpFulfil. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Roz Purcell at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016
Rozanna Purcell at Casa Bacardi section at Electric Picnic in 2016. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Miss Ireland 2010 Rosanna Purcell attends a Miss Universe photocall at Chelsea Piers, Studio 59 on July 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Stamas/Getty Images)
Miss Ireland Rozanna Purcell (R) poses during the Miss Universe 2010 Pageant final at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on August 23, 2010
Miss Universe contestants (L to R) Miss Indonesia Qory Sandioriva, Miss Ireland Rozanna Purcell and Miss Israel Bat-El Jobi pose for photographers during the Miss Universe 2010 Contestant Swimsuit Event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on August 21, 2010.
Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay
Al Porter and Angela Scanlon at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Roz represented Ireland at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010
Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump
Donald Trump holds as child dressed as him during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Photo: Getty Images
Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, U.S., October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Angela Scanlon has been announced as co-host of The One Show. Picture: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rozanna Purcell before Saturday Night with Miriam

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He has been lambasted for his disparaging remarks about women and Roz Purcell has admitted she found it "weird" when Donald Trump called her gorgeous on a US chat show.

The Tipperary woman (26) met the Republican presidential nominee in 2010 when she was a finalist in the Miss Universe competition, which Trump owned at the time.

Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump
Rozanna Purcell at the Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Donald Trump

"I remember on a talk show one night, they were talking about Miss Universe and Trump was like, 'Did anyone see Miss Ireland? She was so gorgeous.' And I was like, 'that's so weird.' I think he saw me as the little Irish girl that was over there," Roz told the Herald about Trump's comments on the David Letterman Show.

After coming seventh in the competition, Purcell was signed to Trump's agency in New York and participated in his celebrity golf tournament in 2010.

Although she said she found Trump to be a nice man when they met, she thinks his derogatory comments about women are inexcusable.

"I know you can't foresee if you're going to run for an election one day, but regardless, you're a guy who is in a powerful position and a role model for people in business and you shouldn't talk like that."

The top model previously said he has "obviously changed" since she last met him when her Miss Universe Ireland reign ended.

"Loads of people are always asking me about him,” she told Independent.ie. "Not many Irish people have met him personally. It’s just mad because he has obviously changed since I’ve seen him."

Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay
Miss Ireland 2010, Rozanna Purcell, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay

But Roz distanced herself from the US presidential Republican frontrunner, saying she doesn't agree with "any of his policies."

"He was very polite, he was always so nice and loved Ireland. I guess his personality has grown now and he’s turned into this alter ego. It’s strange to watch," she added.

"I wouldn’t agree with any of his policies and I hope he doesn’t win. It’s mad to watch. I keep thinking, ‘Is this real life?’ Maybe he always had those beliefs, but it [Miss Universe] wasn’t the place to say them."

This comes as TV presenter Angela Scanlon slammed Trump for his remarks toward women, describing them as "disgusting".

Roz Purcell as Fulfil launches four new Fan-Created Flavours & celebrates with a Unique Pop-Up Shop in Dublin City Centre#FulfilPopUpFulfil. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Roz Purcell as Fulfil launches four new Fan-Created Flavours & celebrates with a Unique Pop-Up Shop in Dublin City Centre#FulfilPopUpFulfil. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

She spent weeks travelling around America filming a documentary for the BBC on the US Presidential hopeful's "superfans".

She condemned his latest remarks about groping women as being completely inappropriate.

"Those comments are appalling and his justification for saying them in the first place, I find equally appalling. To dismiss it like he did and say it was just locker room talk, to me is just disgusting and disrespectful.

"How on earth does he think that it's acceptable for a possible future President of the United States to talk like that?" she said.

Angela Scanlon has been announced as co-host of The One Show. Picture: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Angela Scanlon has been announced as co-host of The One Show. Picture: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM

Angela spent weeks travelling around places such as Texas and North Carolina quizzing his youngest supporters on why they're backing such a controversial figure. Airing just before the US Presidential Election next month, Angela relished getting her teeth stuck into a meatier political topic.

"It's a very intense time over there and you could definitely feel a sense that there's a real desire for change among some US voters.

"I basically met these superfans, some as young as 12, who are obsessed and completely enamoured with Donald Trump. It was an interesting experience as well as being funny and at times, also quite heart-breaking.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

"It was strange to meet these young people with such a narrow view of the world, one that's normally reserved for older people with more life experience."

The documentary maker was also the envy of all her friends recently after teaming up with footballing icon David Beckham for his new Haig Club whiskey event.

She described the world-famous hunk as "lovely."

"He's fabulously dressed and is a very charming man but is just really normal at the same time," she said.

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