Melania Trump Faces Backlash Over Africa Tour Outfits
Melania Trump is under fire for her wardrobe choices again after she was snapped wearing “colonial-style” outfits during her tour of Africa this week.
Trump has visited Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt during her first solo trip representing the White House but has been slammed for her “tone-deaf” clothing.
The First Lady donned a bright white pith helmet during a visit to an elephant orphanage in Nairobi -- which has been widely criticised on Twitter as a symbol of European colonial rule.
Trump's outfit in Cairo did not fare much better -- with social media users pointing out she resembled a Nazi-collaborator/archaeologist from Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Los Ark.
Trump has hit back at the torrent of online criticism, saying detractors should concentrate on her work, not her outfits.
"It's very important what we do, what I'm doing with US aid, and what I do with my initiatives, and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear," she told reporters in Egypt.
However, critics including fashion journalist Laura Brown have noted they have every right to hold the First Lady to account.
Brown -- who is the editor-in-chief of InStyle magazine -- rebuked one of her commenters on Instagram, reminding them of the time Trump visited children in a detention centre in a coat that read "I don't care".
"...I am not required to support a woman who wears an 'I Don't Care' jacket to visit detained children and a colonialist style pith helmet to Africa..." Brown asserted.
Trump visited Africa as part of her 'Be Best' campaign that centres around three pillars -- wellbeing, social media and opioid abuse.
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