Friday, May 25, 2007
Fashion Forward: Pepper spray sparkles
Defending yourself against an attacker just got fashionable. The Nightteam's Diana Diaz shows us how pepper spray has gone Fashion Forward.
WSVN -- What do Lindsay Lohan, Paula Abdul and Shaquille O'Neal have in common?
They're all making a fashion statement with the latest in personal protection.
It's called Pepperface, the sleek new way to carry mace and look fashionable at the same time.
Mladen Djankovic, Pepperface founder: "It's the fashion accessory that saves a life, we like to say."
Pepperface founder Mladen Djankovic says he came up with the idea after his friend fell victim to an assault.
Mladen Djankovic: "The idea to make personal safety fashionable would get women of all ages interested in the concept and get them excited for the first time about personal safety."
The lightweight device fits right on your key chain for easy access, and Djankovic says it's simple to use.
Mladen Djankovic: "You use one hand to flip the safety, you point forward and you spray."
And you can customize your Pepperface with different colors and designs in hand-applied Swarovski crystals -- just like some of Hollywood's hottest stars did.
Mladen Djankovic: "This one in particular is Lindsay Lohan's -- it's a skull and crossbones."
Teen queen Hilary Duff added a feminine touch to her defense with daisies.
Shaq and wife Shawnie O'Neal teamed up to create a Pepperface with their initials and the Heat star's famous number 32.
And even Paula Abdul got into the act with 18-karat gold and black crystals.
Mladen Djankovic: "I think she was excited about the program and to get other young women and fans of American Idol and fans of Pepperface together and excited about it."
OK, so we know these personal safety devices are pretty -- but can they really protect you against an attacker?
We took Pepperface to Coral Gables police officer Frank Jackson.
Officer Frank Jackson: "This device can, if used properly, help an individual escape an attacker."
And compared to what the cops carry, Officer Jackson says if more fashion-conscious women prefer Pepperface, he's all for it.
Officer Frank Jackson: "If these women are going to have this product because of the packaging, that's great. We just want to make sure they know how to use i, and when to use it."
All proceeds raised from the celebrity-designed devices go to the National Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence.
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