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In the Press: Zara Phillips: Call me an ‘athlete’ not a princess or model

The Telegraph featured another story on the Zara Phillips ZP176 collection this time under their news section, writing that Zara Phillips has declared she would rather be known as an “athlete” than a “princess or a model”.

‘The Princess Royal’s daughter said: “Athlete is good. The other two can get dropped.”  She added: “I’m not a princess anyway. It’s all about the job.”

 The 29 year-old was speaking at the launch of an equestrian-wear range for Musto which she designed – and modelled – herself. 

She admitted that she found the modelling aspect of her collaboration trying at times.  “I start off really not wanting to do it in the morning but then it gets better,” she said. “Most of the time I like the pictures.”

Miss Phillips, who won gold medals at the 2005 and 2007 European Eventing Championships, is yet to secure her place on the London 2012 Olympic team however.

Her previous horse Toytown is unfit to ride and will be too old to compete in 2012. Miss Phillips was forced to pull out of the British Olympics team in 2008 after the horse became injured. She missed the 2004 Olympics in Athens for similar reasons with the same horse.

“It just makes you want it more,” she said.  “I have to find two or three horses that are of the right standard. I’ve got some that are possible but I don’t want to jinx them by naming them yet.”

She added: “Taking part in the Olympics would be amazing but to do it on home ground is what dreams are made of. Hopefully dreams will come true.”

The equestrian said she had no plans to expand her design skills to a more mainstream fashion range admitting she had made few changes to the existing clothes by MUSTO.

She said: “I just tweaked it in a couple of areas,” she said. “Hopefully it’s nice enough to be seen in public in Waitrose.”

The ZP176 Collection, which refers to the number given to the rider when she first represented Great Britain, includes eight pieces which range from £35 to £200.’


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