‘Make-up…military-style’: Russian servicewomen compete in speed and strength (PHOTOS)

Participants of the national professional contest "Makeup under Camouflage" for female troops at the Russian Strategic Missile Force training center in Pereslavl-Zalessky. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy
Russian women are known to be tough, but what about the female soldiers?.. It’s time to find out: Ahead of Women’s Day in Russia, the military has held a competition to test the servicewomen’s abilities.

The contest was called “make-up beneath the camouflage” and saw 60 participants showing what they are capable of in a series of tactical, technical, firearm, and physical strength tests.

Participants in the national professional contest "Makeup under Camouflage" for female troops at the Russian Strategic Missile Force training center in Pereslavl-Zalessky. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy

The competitions had precise, real life-like scripts: For instance, on the signal “chemical attack alert,” the servicewomen had to carry out the urgent protection measures against radiation, as well as chemical and biological substances.

Participants in the national professional contest "Makeup under Camouflage" for female troops at the Russian Strategic Missile Force training center in Pereslavl-Zalessky. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy

The tough military women also tested their capabilities in using weapons: The competition involved shooting a Kalashnikov, piling and unpiling the gun, and grenade-throwing!

A participant in the national professional contest "Makeup under Camouflage" for female troops at the Russian Strategic Missile Force training center in Pereslavl-Zalessky. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy

Apart from strictly military things, the women took part in creative, culinary, and intellectual contests too.

Participants in the national professional contest "Makeup under Camouflage" for female troops at the Russian Strategic Missile Force training center in Pereslavl-Zalessky. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy

The competition took place at the educational military base in central Russia, in the town of Pereslavl-Zalessky.

Participants in the national professional contest "Makeup under Camouflage" for female troops at the Russian Strategic Missile Force training center in Pereslavl-Zalessky. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy