WASHINGTON -- Yelena Serova is making history. She is about to be the first Russian woman to go to the International Space Station and only the fourth Russian woman in history to enter space.
But during a Friday press conference with two of her male colleagues before lift-off, Serova -- and only Serova -- was questioned about her hair and makeup.
"Can you tell me more about your everyday life on the station? For example, how are you planning to do your hair?" one reporter asked.
Serova shot back with an indignant response.
"Can I ask a question, too?" she replied. "Aren't you interested in the hairstyles of my colleagues?"
Serova was also quizzed on whether she would be taking makeup with her on the flight and how her daughter would cope in her absence.
According to the BBC, Serova has faced similar questions in the past, and once offered to demonstrate how she intended to wash her hair on board.
"My flight is my job," Serova said during the conference on Friday.
"I'll be the first Russian woman who will fly to the ISS," she added. "I feel a huge responsibility towards the people who taught and trained us, and I want to tell them that we won't let you down."