Our thanks to Stu for this. Extracts:
A backlash has started after F1 grid girls and darts walk-on women were consigned to history. Former grid girl, model and Presidents Club host Rachel Reid has hit out at ‘well off’ and ‘middle class’ women who she believes are behind the demise of the industry.
She’s taking part in a protest being held this weekend in Birmingham for women who work in motor sport, hospitality, boxing and other promotional industries…
The current controversy started with revelations about a men-only Presidents Club dinner which forced hostesses to dress a certain way and included claims of harassment. Miss Reid was a hostess at the infamous Presidents Club charity dinners for eight years in a row.
She said: ‘I have never seen money like it in my life, the raffle tickets alone would pay off a normal person’s mortgage. It was £100 for five hours work and we could drink if we wanted to, I had some great nights there. And I certainly was not abused or harassed during my time there. ‘What no-one seems to understand is that these events need pretty women to coax the money out these rich men.’ The 39-year-old from Birmingham added: ‘It is amazing what a smile can do from an attractive woman, the money raised for charity was mindblowing and we were proud to be a part of that.’