katrina hodge bikini miss england swimsuit competition

Miss England 2009 Katrina Hodge poses in a swimsuit for a pageant event in 2008. Photo: Ferdaus Shamim, WireImage/Getty Images

Looks like you're going to have a harder time convincing your boyfriend to watch the Miss England pageant this year.

In a groundbreaking move, the Miss England pageant will skip the traditional swimsuit competition in favor of a sports challenge, the Telegraph reports.

(Buh, but what's supposed to happen to all that spray tan, body oil and duct tape?)

It's all reportedly the handiwork of 2009 Miss England Katrina Hodge, a 22-year-old soldier who has been dubbed Combat Barbie.

"I think it's nerve-racking enough for girls to get up on a stage and speak, let alone appear in a swimsuit," said Hodge, who reportedly once won a commendation for disarming a suspected rebel fighter with her bare hands.

"It's good the girls are being given a sports challenge in this year's competition."

It'll be the first time in 50 years that contestants haven't strutted their stuff in swimsuits and heels, according to the paper.

"Every year the girls take part in the various rounds of Miss England -- we have a talent, charity, eco and now the sports round, which will replace the swimwear in the competition," organizer Angela Beasley told the Telegraph.

Next thing you know they'll be banning vapid Q&A sessions and fake smiles!

As for what sort of sports challenge the pageant has in store for participants, details are scarce. Could it be an evening gown obstacle course? A game of tug of war using sashes? Or does simply walking in six-inch stilletos count?

So, do you think there's any way Miss America will follow suit and ditch the bikini parade? Nah -- neither do we, though we do commend the Brits for sending the message that you can maybe, just maybe win a scholarship without having to look like you've just landed the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Cover.

Interestingly, PBS reports that 1951's Miss America, Yolande Betbeze, refused to pose in a swimsuit in public, while a 2000 poll found that 50 percent of respondents would not watch the pageant if the swimsuit competition was eliminated.

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