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Jodie Kidd interview: 'Paralympics have been awe-inspiring'

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Supermodel, showjumper and Strictly Come Dance-er, Jodie Kidd has had quite a career.

When she's not practising her dance moves or tending to her horses, she spends time with her "bestest, bestest friends". Her dogs, of course.

As a new campaign is launched to find the most dog-friendly place in the UK, Digital Spy caught up with Jodie to talk all things puppies, ponies and Paralympics.

What's this Paws in Places campaign all about?
"Cesar did this research and found out that for a country that has so many dogs to people, we are actually quite a dog-unfriendly place. There are very few places you can take your dog to - shops or restaurants. This Facebook campaign is for likeminded people to say, 'Oooh, there's this wonderful café in London you can take your dogs there' and so on."

So you're a dog owner...
"At one point I had seven dogs! They're my bestest, bestest friends. I love and adore my dogs. I know how horrible it is when you have to go out and you've got to leave the dogs in the car or at home. It's a lovely idea so that people can spend time with their dogs... the campaign was such a huge success that we're looking to find the most dog-friendly town, village or city."

What can places do to be dog-friendly?
"One of my local pubs, The Three Crowns in Wisborough Green - they have doggie treats on the bar, they have lots of water. They don't mind if the dog goes and curls up at the fire in the winter. It's lovely."

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You're a keen equestrian, have you been following the horses at London 2012?
"It's been unbelievable... fantastic. I went up to watch the showjumping for the Olympics and it was just fabulous. The whole energy of being at Greenwich Park. It's so brilliant."

Do you think the Olympics and especially Paralympics knocked the myth that horses are just for an elite?
"Oh god yes. The amount of positiveness you're getting out of the Olympics and Paralympics is just so vast. The slogan 'Inspire a generation'. It's just going to be magical in every sport. I think they've inspired everybody worldwide, I really do. Especially us at home. It's just been phenomenal and awe-inspiring.

"It shows people that nothing can stop you, you can achieve anything. I think it's the most incredible summer of inspiration and excitement for inspiring people. It's just been fabulous. I'm so proud of the equestrian side in both the Olympics and the Paralympics. It's just been incredible. It really is just a very special time right now."

Katie Price is supposedly eyeing up Rio in 2016....
"For what?"

Katie Price AKA Jordan on a horse
at the Duke of Essex Polo Trophy at Gaynes Park
Epping, Essex - 04.07.09
Credit Mandatory: Alex Broadway/WENN.com

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Showjumping I think
"[Laughs] I don't think she'll jump those big fences!"

Did you ever want to be an Olympian?
"I was really wanting to get on the British team as a junior. My inspiration was my father who almost made it to the Olympics. He had a problem with his horse so he had to pull out. It's always been a really proud family moment that our father was selected.

"That was a dream - I wanted to be an international showjumper, that's what I wanted to do. But to get to the level of [Nick] Skelton and Ben [Maher] and the Paralympians, it's 24-7. Getting up at 5am, not coming in from a show until 1am. It's total and utter dedication and I chose modelling. I would have loved to have represented my country in showjumping - it would have been a dream.

Jodie Kidd

© PA Images / Rui Vieira/PA Archive



"I took this other path and it was a wonderful path, an amazing path. Watching the Olympics, there was a little part of me that was 'Oooh, god I would have loved it'. Actually the fences were so bloody big... I would have been pretty nervous! They are serious fences. But how fantastic. But how fantastic to get the team gold, just fabulous."

After Strictly Come Dancing are there any other TV competitions that you fancy doing?
"I was a judge on Only Fools on Horses which was lovely. I much prefer being a judge than having to get up there and do it! Strictly was wonderful but absolutely terrifying... No, I think I got my fair dues having to perform a rumba in front of 15 million people. I've done that, and that was an incredible experience and I got to learn to dance which was always a secret wish. It was terribly fun, I really enjoyed it."

A lot was made of your slight frame when you started modelling - the glossy magazines seem obsessed with celebrities being too fat or too thin. Has it all gone too far?
"The fashion industry is the fashion industry, and ever since they've sent models down the catwalk they have used young, slender girls. It's the way it is. They always say that the clothes look better. It's very tough. I get asked this question an awful lot.

"There's nothing you can do. These are huge, multi-billion pound industries and they do things the way that they do it. It's just unfortunate that some publications are very negative about whether people are too fat or too thin. There are so many amazing things going on around us. Wonderful, incredible and inspiring people that are coming out of the Paralympics and the Olympics, and I think they should be focusing on positive things.

Jodie Kidd

© PA Images / Geoff Caddick/PA Wire



"But everyone buys the magazines and they like to read about this. That person's got cellulite and that person's too boney. It's the public who are really feeding the monster. If everyone stopped buying the magazines that really slate people in one way or another, they'd stop printing it. There are so many amazing things going on in the world and it's a shame that people aren't more positive like that.

"It's not healthy for young girls to pick up magazines and constantly see people being slated for this and slated for that. It's tough. But you're going against some very powerful people, and that's what sells the magazines, and that's the way it's going to stay I'm afraid."

To find out where has been voted Britain's most dog-friendly place, visit the Cesar Paws in Places Facebook page on September 12.

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