Posted: 4/25/2001 9:37:22 AM EST
...I would care about her so much that I would get her one of these
SuperBra offers support, easy
By Jennifer Harper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
It is one item that does not appear in the fancy lingerie
catalog . . . yet.
But in the perplexing world of
ladies´ unmentionables, the
SuperBra is the foundation
undergarment that may win a
coveted spot in history. It is the
world´s only combined brassiere
and firearm holster, designed by a
female security specialist for
female gun owners who had been
resigned to carry their personal
weapon in a purse or waist pack.
"If a woman is attacked, the
purse is the first thing taken from
her. A good place to conceal a weapon is in the chest area,"
said Paxton Quigley, a high-profile Beverly Hills security
specialist with some show biz in her veins.
A former talk-radio host, Miss Quigley recently tutored
three former female contestants of CBS´ "Survivor" in
self-defense, a process taped for the syndicated show
"They said their training was harder than anything they did
on 'Survivor,´" she said.
The "new bra holster is equal parts Victoria´s Secret and
Guns & Ammo magazine," according to one media account.
It is priced at $30, available in black or white and features
a soft plastic holster that can accommodate a .38 caliber
snub-nose revolver. There is no preoccupation with frills or
underwiring here; the most important concern is whether the
woman in question shoots with her left or right hand. The
garment is configured to match, and can conceal a pepper
spray cannister, besides.
"Which is what interested 'Ripley´s Believe It or Not.´ The
producers didn´t want to feature anything about women and
guns, but the pepper spray met their approval," said Miss
Quigley, who wryly noted that the syndicated TV show
completely retaped the segment to eliminate any mention of
firearms. Television apparently wants to keep the guns and
gore for movies and cop shows.
The infamous bra holster, though, is the stuff of waggish
press dreams. Over the years, the media has offered gleeful
accounts of undergarments as crime clues and even murder
weapons, like the "best clue in Ohio drug bust concealed in
woman´s bra" story that the Associated Press covered last
While Miss Quigley seriously advocates responsible gun
ownership, the jokes are beginning to multiply.
"A new bra made for holdups, not push-ups," noted an
April 10 account on "Court TV," which added that the bra
could "boost the confidence and more of wearers."
One online humor site features a fictitious "Personal
Security Bra," woven of bullet-resistant Kevlar fiber with
"integrated holsters for mace, knife and .22 pistol."
Miss Quigley, who has written two books on gun safety
and self-defense for women, is philosophical about it and
continues to offer the SuperBra as practical equipment rather
than boudoir flimsy, right along with a product line that
includes foaming pepper spray, gun-storage vaults and door
Female gun owners don´t have all that many options,
"We´ve been told by many women that finding a
comfortable holster is very similar to the search for a
comfortable bra," a notice for equipment supplier Concealed
Still, the company only offers pants, waist, thigh and belt
holsters for women, asking the prospective customer: "Will it
be a basic holster to protect your gun, a holster for the gun
range or strictly a concealment holster?"
Meanwhile, Miss Quigley, who has given self-defense
training to about 7,000 women since 1990 and taught actress
Geena Davis to shoot for the movie "Thelma and Louise,"
vouches for her product.
"Women like the idea of comfort and its ease of access,"
Though Miss Quigley has trademarked the name
"SuperBra" with a capital B, this isn´t the only "super bra" out
Both name and concept are oddly popular. Already,
lingerie manufacturers like Gossard, Bendon and Panache
offer sports bras called "Superbras." The "Holster Bra" from
D´Aquino Intimo, has nothing to do with guns. It is instead a
"feminine, sporty new bra for active life styles," and even has
its own Web site.
There´s also a Superbra recording label that features
primarily high-energy "techno" dance music. Needless to say,
some gun holsters are actually called gun "bras" in the trade.
Australian scientists, in the meantime, are at work on the
world´s first "Smart Bra," which uses futuristic, "self-adjusting
fibers" and sensors to expand, stiffen or contract the garment
in certain areas as a woman moves.
"It will be the first time intelligent polymer systems have
been completely integrated into fabric structure," said one
researcher, who estimated that the first Smart Bra prototypes
would be available in about two years.
Gives a whole new meaning to "Stacked AND packed"
I would just like to add, that as I am sensitive to womenz needs, I would give her my .38. We could then go for walks in the park and picnics with confidence.
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