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POLO WARS: After streakers hijacked the England versus Australia match at last week’s Cartier International Polo, now another controversial figure is whipping up a storm around the event. Katie Price, a British glamour model, wrote a stinging attack on the organizers of the annual fixture in the op-ed column of the London Times on Friday, for allegedly excluding her from the jamboree. Price said her manager was told, “I was not the sort of person they wanted.”
While she began her career posing for lad mags and English tabloids, Price is also a keen horsewoman, and has gone on to launch a lingerie line, a fragrance — called Stunning — and a series of children’s books about horse riding. “It’s pure snobbery. However good a horsewoman I may be, I’m also a glamour model. That embarrassed the organizers,” she wrote, citing Eliza Doolittle and Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” as examples of hard-up women granted admission to society events.
While Price alleged she paid for a table in a marquee hosted by the London club Chinawhite and was then later told she couldn’t attend, Cartier played down the controversy. The company said in a statement the event was simply oversubscribed.
“Tickets to the highly popular Chinawhite marquee have to be purchased in advance and this year [they] sold out a week before the event,” the company said.
— Louise Bartlett