Katrina Hodge reforms beauty pageants in the United Kingdom. The reigning Miss England lead the Miss England Competition to trade a sports competition for the famed, half century long traditional swimsuit competition Hodge took the Miss England crown in 2009 and has taken her title to great heighs, in part because of her military training. The 22 year old nicknamed "Combat Barbie" serves in England's military and also is the spokes' model for La Senza, a lingerie company. Though Hodge assisted largely in convincing the Miss England competition to ditch the swimsuit aspect of the competition she insists that "it's nerve-racking enough for girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone appear in a swimsuit. It's good the girls are being given a sports challenge in this year's competition."
Maybe Hodge and Miss England are trendsetters in the world of beauty competitions. Perhaps the sentiment will carry "across the pond" and onto U.S. soil.