Rosanna Davison is an Irish actress, singer, writer, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2003. She is the daughter of musician Chris de Burgh, and the song “For Rosanna” was written by her father for his 1986 album, Into the Light in her honour.
Rosanna has been following a vegetarian diet for more than a decade, but recently transitioned to a vegan diet to propel training for the Galway Ironman, an event that consists of a half-marathon, 90-kilometre bike ride and 1.9-kilometre swim. She has also posed in a PETA ad campaign promoting vegan diet.
In February 2015 she signed a publishing deal with Gill Books for her first cookery book, Eat Yourself Beautiful, which was released in August 2015 and went on to be a best-seller, leading on to launch her secong best seller, Eat Yourself Fit.
Women Fitness President Namita Nayyar had the fantastic opportunity to speak with the beautiful Miss World turned nutritional guru, Rosanna Davison. Lets check out some excerpts from their conversation.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
In August 2003, you entered the Miss Ireland finals in Dublin, and winning the competition, found yourself competing for the title of Miss World. Then in December 2003, you competed for the Miss World crown and went on to win it, creating history as the first Irish entrant ever to win the Miss World title since it started in 1951. Share with us your preparation & post Miss World journey in the field of entertainment to make a mark for yourself?
Ms. Rosanna Davison:
The whole experience of competing Miss Ireland and Miss World was incredibly exciting and unlike anything I had ever done before. I was actually a first year university student in University College Dublin when I was chosen to enter the regional pageant that qualified me to enter Miss Ireland and then Miss World, so it was a huge departure form normal student life. I definitely arrived at the competition in China with my own preconceived ideas about beauty pageants but quickly discovered that my fellow contestants were all driven, educated women keen to build themselves an international platform. The Miss World organisation were essentially looking for a brand ambassador, and somebody comfortable with public speaking, travel and a very public role. The final TV broadcast is all about the dresses and beauty aspect, but it doesn’t actually reflect the true nature of the competition. It’s all about charity and I spent the majority of my year as Miss World travelling the world to raise money for mainly children’s charities.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Being a Model, Nutritional Therapist, and Author, we’re pretty sure you lead a very versatile & hectic life. Share with us a day in your life.
Ms. Rosanna Davison:
Every day is different! I might be doing a photoshoot, or filming with TanOrganic or Volkswagen Ireland as a brand ambassador. I write a weekly nutrition column for the Herald newspaper and I’m currently studying full-time for an M.Sc degree in Personalized Nutrition through Middlesex University. I also design nutrition-focused wellness menus for the Constance Hotel Group, who have eight luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean. That involves a few trips during the year out to Mauritius and Seychelles… definitely a perk of the job!
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