Rozanna Purcell, who will join up with Trump Model Management in New York shortly
Tipperary girl Rozanna Purcell, who recently enjoyed great success at the Miss Universe pageant, finishing seventh, will travel to New York City over the coming weeks to start a new career with Trump Model Management. The final round of the competition took place on August 23rd at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, with the young model making it home to Tipperary just in time for her 20th birthday celebrations and the Premier County’s All-Ireland Hurling final victory.
Purcell, whose parents John and Cecily own Orwell Stud in Thurles, is set to begin a year-long contract with the agency. She will spend her first two months in New York building up her modeling portfolio and will then begin working with Trump’s organization.
Trump, who co-owns the franchise that orchestrates the Miss Universe pageant, traveled to Nevada to meet all the contestants and took particular interest in Purcell, whom he clearly thinks can go a long way in the industry. He even found time to mention her on the David Letterman Show recently, remarking:
“Miss Ireland was beautiful, really beautiful. I don’t know if anybody saw her?”
Another beauty queen and Tipperary native, Andrea Roche, who is Purcell’s mentor and Director of the Miss Universe Ireland franchise, is thrilled with her success, and told The Daily Mail: “Donald has big plans for her…I’m really proud of her.”
Before her contract with Trump Model Management officially begins, Purcell will visit Canada, where she has been invited to attend the gala opening of the Toronto International Film Festival. She also plans to visit South America for a second time to act as a guest judge at the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant. Purcell had visited Colombia before the Miss Universe contest for two weeks of intensive training with pageant coach Miguel Martinez, who will be accompanying her to Canada.