Interview: Dame Susan Devoy

Rosanna Price

Success comes in all shapes and sizes and it is our duty to recognise and celebrate these great people, products and events in New Zealand. Fashion, media and marketing are just three things that make Rosanna tick.  She is a writer, wife, dog-lover, and works in the capital city. 

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Former squash champion Dame Susan Devoy chats with Chelsey's Rosanna Price.


What's the number one beauty product you cannot live without? 

Moisturiser with sunscreen and Vicks Vapour Rub which is the cure all for colds. P&G the company behind Vicks  is celebrating 175 years of making products like this to make mum’s lives easier. My mother used to rub it on the soles of our feet and old habits die hard!

What would we find in your handbag? 

Generally a lot of junk... newspaper clippings, business cards, and a few beauty products - mainly lipstick, mascara, moisturiser and a hair brush - and my credit card and passport. I'm not really a handbag type of girl.

What's your most valuable beauty/health secret or tip? 

Exercise! Beauty is skin deep and I put sanity before vanity.

Did being a public figure and being in the public eye influence how you wanted to portray yourself at all? 

Not really I haven’t always got it right but I am who I am and what you see is what you get. There's no use pretending to be something your not because in the end you will be found out.

You've accomplished so many things - what's your greatest achievement? 

Walking the length of NZ in 1988 to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association it shaped my life so much. It goes without saying that I am proudest of my children and I hope they feel the same way about their  mother.

What motivates or inspires you? 

I like big hairy audacious goals to motivate me and I am inspired by so many people who give their time and effort to support others. I have been so fortunate to meet so many people whose mantra in lives is to help others.

What's your number one way to relax? 

I prefer active relaxation, so for me a walk with the dog or if I have to sit still I enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

What is your main goal or objective at this stage of your life or in the foreseeable future? 

Sadly my eldest brother passed away and it reminded me of how precious and short life is. So as my sons start to leave home my goal is to conquer some more physical challenges while I can and continue to be involved in supporting organisations that make a difference to our communities.

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