By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 11, 2012 01:33 PM EDT
Xena the Princess Warrior is making a comeback; at least her body armor is. It has been reported that our very own military research and design masterminds have taken a page in fashion from an old hit 1990's television show "Xena: The Princess Warrior."
The Alpha female battle character in the Lucy Lawless fantasy adventure's get-up will serve as motivation behind the military's new female clothing line.
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At the moment, there are an astounding 11 different types of body armor options that only cater to the men.
According to Anna Mulrine of the Christian Science Monitor, the brand new gear will equip women soldiers with better protection by giving them "more curves in the chest and hips."
The women's issue was first confronted back in 2009, when females of the 101st Airborne Division voiced their opinions about how uncomfortable they were in donning the male made armor.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Frank Lozano, who helped co-design the female armor, "It rubbed on the hips, and the vests were too long in the front, so that when you had female soldiers climbing stairs or climbing up a hill or a tree, or sitting for a long time in a vehicle, that would create pressure points that in some instances could impact blood flow and cause some discomfort."
Douglas Graham, a spokesman for the Army's Office of Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment also chimed in on the issue:
"Some people would like to eventually make plates so it's like 'Xena: Warrior Princess' and conforms to the shape."
There was a recent study as well that found that the female soldiers found that the unideal fit "made it difficult for them to properly aim their weapons and enter or exit vehicles."
Unfortunately, the design will much likely come with a hefty increase in the weight of the gear as more plates will need to be built into it for the proper curvature. It will also feature narrow shoulders.
Talk about watching out for your girly figure!
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