Rod Stewart's estranged model wife Rachel Hunter prompted bemusement when she opened a discount shopping centre in the Czech Republic - because no one knew who she was.

The leggy blonde, 34, who also recently dated pop star Robbie Williams, was hired by a British property developer to give the mall near Znojmo a grand opening - but Hunter soon found her fame had not extended to Eastern Europe.

An onlooker at the ceremony told Britain's DAILY EXPRESS newspaper, "Only one person, as elderly, balding man, approached her for an autograph.

"Then several others asked him who she was. They clearly didn't have a clue. As far as they were concerned she could have wandered in from the street."

26/09/2003 13:32