Female soldier dubbed ‘Combat Barbie’ wins a place in Miss England 2008 final
By Daily Mail Reporter – UK
12th July 2008
A female squaddie who fought off a suspected Iraqi insurgent has swapped guns for glamour and won a place in the final of Miss England 2008.
Katrina Hodge, 21, dubbed ‘Combat Barbie’ after being honoured for saving the lives of members of her regiment, will represent England at Miss World 2008 if she wins in July.
She wants to use her place in the Miss England competition to highlight the work of the Armed Forces.
Ms Hodge was given a bravery commendation in 2005 after members of her regiment were threatened at gunpoint by a suspected Iraqi insurgent after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned.
She said: ‘I was in complete shock at first. The force of the accident caused our vehicle to roll over three times and threw us off guard.
‘As I came round, the Iraqi suspect was standing over us with the rifles. I knew if I didn’t act fast then our lives would be in danger. I punched him and the force startled him enough for me to retrieve the rifles from him.’
Ms Hodge, a military clerk with The Adjutant General’s Corps, has already won the Miss Tunbridge Wells crown.
She said: ‘I was delighted to have been selected for the Miss England final and it is a great honour.
‘Being a part-time model and a serving soldier is certainly a world apart.
‘I want to use this competition to highlight the work that the army are doing and what they have done for this country.’
She is currently serving at Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley and will take part in the Miss England national finals, which will be judged by a panel of celebrities including Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain, on July 18 at the Troxy conference centre in London.