Katrina Hodge: Miss England Kills the Swimsuit Competition

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Finally a beauty queen we can all root for: Katrina Hodge, aka Miss England, has successfully ended the reign of the swimsuit competition.

At least in her native England, women will prove their mettle with their athletic prowess, not their naked abs.


Hodge, who achieved the rank of lance corporal in the British military, serving her country in Iraq, has oft been referred to by the icky term "Combat Barbie," but she's made no bones about putting her real life ahead of beauty.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph late last year, Hodge said "'We are taught in training that we are first and foremost a soldier. When I am a soldier I have my hair scraped back and no make-up." She earned a bravery commendation in 2005 for saving other members of her regiment when they were held at gunpoint.

Does that sound like a skanky doll to you?

She even used her connections to pose for lingerie company La Senza for a Face of the Armed Forces campaign.

Now she's said to be responsible for the Miss England competition instituting an athletic challenge in place of the traditional parade around in swimsuit showing off our shape portion of the competition.

Hodge told the Telegraph, "I think it's nerve-racking enough for girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone appear in a swimsuit."

Not to mention a bit ridiculous?


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