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Miss England Gets Rid of Swimsuit Competition, Adds Sports

Miss England to Drop Swimsuit, Add Sports

For its annual swimsuit edition, Sports Illustrated might pretend that posing in a bathing suit counts as an athletic activity, but that won't suffice for Miss England's new sports challenge. The pageant has decided to ax the swimsuit competition and add sports.

After Katrina Hodge — a soldier in the British army — won the title of Miss England last year, the pageant decided to ditch the sexy portion after 50 years. She's encouraging the move, saying: "I think it's nerve-racking enough for girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone appear in a swimsuit." Katrina, who is sometimes called Army Barbie, will oversee the sports competition that will replace it.

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