The event was organized by self-proclaimed authorities in the rebel-held city of Donetsk on the eve of International Women's Day, which is widely celebrated throughout the former Soviet Union.
Women from three main rebel battalions showed off their dinner dresses before they changed back to fatigues to receive prizes and roses.
Russia-backed female rebel fighters pose with the flag of the Donetsk People's Republic during a beauty pageant.
"I'm not used to this," said Nataliya, a contestant in a corseted dress who gave her nom de guerre as "Radist." ''There are heels to wear and then the dress is so revealing. We are soldiers after all."