wear individuality like a shield

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ccm0416

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I was watching the TV drama 'Criminal Minds'. There is a scene where two FBI agents are talking about a victim of a shooting, discussing the possible reason why the victim was attacked. Here's what they said:
Agent A: She wears her individuality like a shield.
Agent B: Leading someone to be antagonistic.
Agent A: She stands out. Single woman. Could be someone was watching her for a while.

In the first line, what does it mean to "wear individuality like a shield"? I have two guesses: A) She always stays true to her individuality (and that's why she "stands out"). B) She uses her individuality to protect herself. Or are there other possible meanings?
 
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