Melania Trump Gets Slammed For Wearing Controversial White Hat During Her Visit To Kenya

Date October 9, 2018 13:34

The First Lady of the United States has been accused of being a tad bit insensitive for her choice of outfit during a recent trip to Kenya. 

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For a brief safari, Melania chose to wear a pith helmet - a symbol of colonial rule across Africa - and this was not lost on social media users. 

This was the FLOTUS' first solo trip overseas. She visited an orphanage in Nairobi then went to a national park near the city. 

For this quick trip, Melania wore a pair of riding pants, boots, and a white pith helmet. She climbed aboard the open-air vehicle and took pictures of the animals she saw like zebras, giraffes, and hippos.

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What seemed to catch people's attention was her helmet which was what the European explorers and imperial administrators once wore when they came to Africa in the 19th century. It quickly became a symbol of status and oppression.

Many took to Twitter to express their outrage at the United States First Lady. 

While Melania toured Africa, she seemed to be having a good time. She posed for photos with babies and waved at the cameras. 

She also spent some quality time with the animals at the safari as well. She visited a feeding pen for orphaned elephants and gave them formula in oversized baby bottles. She patted some of them and seemed quite fascinated with the creatures.

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Interestingly, she wore a pristine white shirt to hang out with the animals, and somehow, the shirt came out of the whole thing without a single stain.

Many were not really sure what the purpose of the Africa tour was but some suggested that it could have been her way of smoothening relationships after her husband, Donald Trump, said some unkind words about the continent.

Perhaps her choice of the hat was simply an error in judgment as she was probably not well-advised about people's sensitivity to the situation.

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