It shouldn’t be surprising that women make great bodyguards –mostly because so many people can’t imagine that’s what they’re there for.
For my book on women and guns, which includes a chapter called In The Line of Fire, I exclusively interviewed Patty Varone, a gorgeous 40-something, and an NYPD veteran who served for nine years, including on 9/11, for former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
She told me she routinely got hit on at events as, doing her job by standing some distance away from the mayor and watching the crowd carefully, guys would see her and assumed the good-looking redhead must be there socially, not professionally.
“Funny the mayor doesn’t have any security,” they’d say. “Funny,” she’d agree.
Yet it was from her mouth to his ear that morning that the World Trade Center had been hit. She’s my hero!
According to a recent story in Marie Claire, more and more women are being tapped as bodyguards worldwide.
“Attackers don’t expect women to be security,” says Laura Weber, 35, head of the female unit at GSE Ltd., a London-based security firm. “People are realizing that women can be more covert and blend in as nannies, personal assistants or secretaries.”