Katrina Hodge has two titles. By profession, she’s Lance Cpl. Hodge of the British Army. Off duty, the 22-year-old is Miss England. Her nickname: “Combat Barbie.”
At Hodge’s urging, pageant organizers are nixing the swimsuit competition (news). Instead, the contest will feature a new challenge.
“I think it’s nerve-racking enough for girls to get up on a stage and speak,” Hodge tells the Telegraph, “let alone appear in a swimsuit.”
Not that Hodge is against wearing bikinis (photos). She models in ads for this lingerie company. Her typical attire, however, is camouflage (photos).
Now on six-month leave, Hodge enlisted on a dare from her veteran brother. When she reported for duty in an ultra feminine outfit, her commander dubbed her “Combat Barbie.” Is anyone else thinking “Private Benjamin” (clips)?
For the record, Hodge served with distinction in Iraq. She earned a bravery commendation after this life-threatening incident.
“I like the fact I can come to work with no makeup on and roll around in mud,” Hodge tells the Daily Mail. “But I like being glamorous and girlie as well.”
Turns out Mattel has created military-theme Barbie dolls.
Coy about her personal life, Hodge is helping soldiers find romance. How?
Originally runner-up, Hodge became Miss England when her predecessor lost the title for bad behavior. After crowning 2010’s winner, she’ll have time for her next project.
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