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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.

Does this pageant progress surprise you?

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bellavita214 bellavita214 7 years
Well like I said, I am girly and I go to the gym regularly. And I like my girliness and I've come to like my lack of athleticism also.
bellavita214 bellavita214 7 years
Spacekatgal... willpower... really? It's 2010 and all girls should be athletic? Says who? I go to the gym regularly but I have never played a sport nor have any interest in playing one. My friends are the same. Our "willpower" (and all of our time) is channeled into graduate school and our careers. Why is everyone against the girly girl anymore? Reality check... You can be girly and still an amazing person.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I am curious to see how they'll incorporate the sports into this: if they just do videos of the girls playing elsewhere, how do you judge a woman playing basketball vs a woman running vs a woman doing the backstroke? In theory it sounds great, though. I don't quite buy the whole 'takes the pressure off' part, these girls participate in pageants, they know what they're getting into. I would feel more pressure answering questions than I would just walking around looking hot.
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
But can you imagine how boring it would be to watch a segment on running? I'd love to see a spelling bee: 'X-Y-L-O-C-A-R-P, xylocarp!'
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'd rather see athleticism recognized rather than swimsuit modeling. It just makes me think they should also include a spelling bee and math test.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
So what exactly will that sports category be? Showing off how fit your body is? The swimsit competition is not supposed to be about looking hot, but looking fit (that's what they say anyway). So I guess they're just renaming the competition and having them do jumping jacks in shorts and a sports bra.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
But it can be argued that doing some volunteer work out of the goodness of your heart adds to someone's beauty? :) That's hard to judge though. Either way, I don't think these things will ever sit right with me but this is excellent news to me as well. You go Combat Barbie.
bellavita214 bellavita214 7 years
I get it but now instead of a "beauty" pageant it's a sports pageant, leaving out girls who are not athletic. Why not focus on community service/volunteering or other good deeds - something that every person can join in on?
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