In the limelight: Rosanna Davison

27 Feb 2018 | Angelique Reyes

In 2003 Rosanna became the first ever Miss World contestant from Ireland to win the coveted title, and she subsequently travelled the globe, but that’s not it for the beauty queen’s journey.

Rosanna Davison was born to the famous British musician Chris de Burgh and his wife, Diane. Being born into fame could not have been easy, considering the controversies that surrounded her father later in his career.

However, Rosanna had a normal childhood compared to most other star kids. Davison's primary school education was at Aravon School, in County Wicklow. She then attended Rathdown School, Glenageary, County Dublin. She was class prefect before graduating and completing her leaving certificate examinations in 2002. In 2006, she graduated from University College Dublin with an arts degree in Sociology and Art History.

She enrolled in a part-time course in Dublin with a view to becoming a qualified nutritional therapist, which she later pursued full time.

But first, the story of her becoming Miss World 2003.


In the limelight: Rosanna Davison


In August 2003, she entered the Miss Ireland finals in Dublin, and winning the competition, found herself competing for the title of Miss World. December 2003 saw Davison, along with 106 other contestants, compete in the Miss World competition in Sanya, China. Rosanna went on to win the crown and is the first Irish entrant ever to win the Miss World title since it started in 1951. During Davison's reign, she travelled to the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, China, Sri Lanka, Germany, South Africa, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Barbados, Indonesia, Poland and her native Ireland.

Since her reign ended in 2004, Rosanna has never been out of the limelight, but for all the good reasons.

She is currently the face of ‘Holiday On Ice’, and has also been involved in two campaigns for Newbridge Silverware and Rally England. She is signed to Storm Model Management in the UK.


In the limelight: Rosanna Davison

(Photo Credits - Rosanna Davison Instagram Official)

In the summer of 2009, Davison starred alongside Irish actor Richard Wall in Vena, in which she played his girlfriend. The movie was directed by photographer and director Kevin Abosch. In February 2012, she came second in a poll to find Ireland's most desirable Valentines. From October 2013, she started presenting slots on LFC TV, the dedicated television channel for Liverpool F.C.

Rosanna followed 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.

Now that is a role model to be followed!