1. They are all virgins and take a vow of chastity when becoming official bodyguards. 2. Gaddafi believes it is empowering for women to be his bodyguards. He says, Women should be trained for combat, so that they do not become easy prey for their enemies. 3. They are all trained killers and hand-picked by Gaddafi himself. 4. The girls wear lipstick, jewellery, polished nails, and even high heels. 5. All of his girls are said to swear an oath that they will give their lives for him and it is claimed they never leave his side, night or day. 6. In 1998 one of them was killed and seven others wounded when Islamic fundamentalists in Libya ambushed the Colonel's motorcade. The dead bodyguard, rumoured to be his favourite, threw herself across Gaddafi's body to stop the bullets. 7. Gaddafi makes the final selection and, despite his insistence that his guards are chaste, rumours abound that he demands their sexual favours.