Combat Barbie

Combat Barbie

The many faces of Katrina Hodge. AP Photo

If Katrina Hodge has her way, the world’s major beauty pageants may start looking a lot different.

A soldier in the British army, Hodge detained and disarmed a suspected rebel fighter with her bare hands while serving in Iraq. But she doesn't wear combat boots and Kevlar 24-7. Lance Cpl. Hodge is also a lingerie model for La Senza and was a contestant in last year's Miss England beauty contest. But don't assume those two very different occupations are mutually exclusive.

The soldier and model (nicknamed "Combat Barbie") recently convinced the organizers of the Miss England pageant to drop the ever-popular swimsuit portion. In England's Daily Telegraph, the multitalented woman remarked that posing in swimsuits just isn't fair to the contestants. "I think it's nerve-racking enough to girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone in a swimsuit."

No argument here. Instead of strutting their stuff in swimsuits, the contestants will participate in a sports challenge, overseen by Hodge. The show's organizers pointed to the change as proof that their contest is always evolving. Apparently, looking good in a swimsuit is also irrelevant, as winners are rarely asked to appear in swimwear for public events.

News of the changes stirred up a lot of activity in the Yahoo! Search box. Online lookups for "katrina hodge pictures" and "katrina hodge army" both soared into breakout status. Additionally, searches on "miss world" surged an impressive 371% in just one day. Perhaps that will translate to more viewers.

Or maybe not. Back in 1994, when the Miss America contest asked viewers via a phone-in poll whether or not they thought the swimsuit portion should be discontinued, 73% of callers voted to keep it. In 2000, another poll was run, and 50% of viewers said they would no longer watch if the swimsuit portion was discontinued.

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 12:46 PM

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Disarmed an insurgent bare handed, huh? Where the fuck was her weapon? I'm calling bullshit. As for watching a pageant, I fully support an athletic event. Along with a swimsuit contest and a pole dancing competition. I'm sure there are raving flamers out there who actually see it as some sort of goodwill type pageant, and little girls may seethem as role models, but most guys I know who would watch it only do so during the swimsuit contest.

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 2:22 PM

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no rifle and no handgun? yea right, but she is pretty.

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 5:59 PM

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tsk tsk

perhaps, the insurgent was female.....think out of the box.

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 6:11 PM

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thats a scary thought after "backing term limits"... runs... lack of term limits just guarantees that they figure out which lobiest can keep them in office the longest, and the incumbent almost always has an edge anyway ..due to franking privileges, and the whole war chest thing.. gota trust me here..term limits are not a good thing...thats why those who run on them always change and for what ever lame excuse decide to stay in office..

Anyway back to the bare handed thing.. this has PR written all over it..not taking anything away from her..she did time in country, and she has all my respect..for real..but guessing runs is right about the little bare handed thing being over blown.. what ever..i think she hot..

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 6:15 PM

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the one on the left

looks like a school teacher.
The one on the right looks like a hell of a ride.

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 6:48 PM

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i think she got 'em bare handed,she's British you know,it's a felony to BS on a war story in England and i think the Queen mother herself gets to administer the punishment,a slick willy or a titty twister.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
4 years 30 weeks ago, 6:56 PM

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What can you say about a gal who actually worked as a mechanic during the war..and story after story has her actually at work.. guess she could tear the head off a flat head ford quick as your local "Augie & Earl" gas station.. Plus shes a top rated sheet (or is it trap) shooter..least was till she was well into her eighties.. Cool old gal..

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4 years 30 weeks ago, 10:58 PM

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yea runs, BS and more pole dancing yea

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