Model Roz Purcell admitted that she was so obsessed with fake tan that she was “orange for about 10 years”.
The fitness guru shared horror stories of her experiences with bad tan and heavy makeup.
The 28-year-old said: “I think I was orange for about 10 years.
“I remember my mum saying your fake tan is so bad, it’s so streaky, and I actually said, ‘I’d rather be streaky than pale!’
“I had this image of what I wanted to look like and what I thought was beautiful, from what I’d seen in magazines and on TV.
“In 2010 big hair and loads of makeup was the look at the time, when I look back I am scarlet for myself, I look awful, but we all looked awful together!”
But now the Tipperary-native has done her first ever makeup-free photoshoot.
She told the Irish Country Magazine: “When you asked me to do a makeup-free shoot I was like yes, amazing.
“So I was all up for it but then the day before the shoot I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I’m actually doing a shoot for a magazine with no makeup on and I’m not allowed to do anything – I don’t even have the safety of having a big fancy blow dry’!”
The former Miss Universe Ireland has been an outspoken advocate for women’s body confidence.
The fashion influencer was previously praised for posting an up close shot of her stretch marks on Instagram.
She said: “As women our bodies want to change. Our skin is going to change.
“It’s normal to have stretch marks, to have cellulite. I don’t see why I’m getting a pat on the back for sharing mine, but if I’m making it more acceptable by sharing it, then great.”
She added that she felt like she was in a good position where people followed her because they liked her personality and “not because they don’t want me to ever to change my body shape, or anything about myself”.
Roz also admitted that she still struggles with smiling in front of the camera after years of not liking the way she looked when she smiled.
She said that she has to remind herself nowadays that photoshoots are about her as a person and not what she looks like.
She said: “Even though people are going to see the photo first, I have to remember that there’s something bigger.
“Like this, for example, is a really good opportunity to promote this message of being natural and being on a magazine cover without makeup, so I need to swap my little insecurity with smiling.”
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