Miss England 2009 Katrina Hodge has convinced judges to cut the swimsuit competition to add in a sports challenge, the Telegraph UK reports. Hodge, known as "Combat Barbie," joined the army when she was 16 and served in Iraq. But Hodge thinks the bikini battlefield might be scarier for some.
"I think it's nerve-racking enough for girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone appear in a swimsuit," she said. She plans to direct the pageant's new sports component.