New Zealand model Rachel Hunter is tired of being stereotyped as a 'dumb blonde' and loves to surprise people with her intelligence.

The soon-to-be ex-wife of rocker Rod Stewart claims many people alter their speech, in order for her to understand.

Rachel smirks, "I hate it when people think that because you are blonde you must be stupid.

"I sometimes find people who I am meeting for the first time start to speak slower so I can understand them. It is laughable, but a bit of an insult too."

14/01/2004 08:35