Brave female army hero speaks out against sexism in the military
I had a can of coke thrown at my head - that's not banter!
– Katrina Hodge
Katrina Hodge served in Iraq in 2005 and was decorated for her bravery after saving the lives of five soldiers. The war hero then went on to win Miss England four years later.
But despite her triumphant display on the battlefield, she said her biggest battle was going up against the army’s own culture of sexist bullying.
Katrina, nicknamed "combat barbie", said her military achievements and media attention triggered a nasty backlash of sexist abuse from other soldiers.
She said: "If I was another lad, another bloke, I genuinely don't believe I would have had 12 years of abuse from these guys."
The mother-of-two is still subject to abuse, three years after leaving the army and believes the sexist attack is a targetted campaign from those who fail to acknowledge and respect her military success.