Last week, First Lady Melania embarked on her first international solo trip since she moved into the White House. On behalf of her "Be Best Campaign," Melania planned to visit four African countries including Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.
Over the weekend, Melania made her way to Kenya. As a part of her visit, she was able to go on a safari! While many people loved the photos of the First Lady with the animals on the safari, many other media sources decided to bash her on her outfit choice.
First Lady Melania wore a white and tan outfit and a white pith helmet. Many people called out the First Lady, saying that her hat choice was a "common symbol of European colonial rule," as quoted by the New York Times.
CNN said that the helmet had "come to symbolize white rule." The Guardian said that the helmets "were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East...rapidly becoming a symbol of status- and oppression."
Hundreds of people took to social media, blaming First Lady Melania for the same thing. Many said that her outfit choice was offensive and that it was insensitive to the culture she was visiting.
Following the major backlash for her outfit, First Lady Melania spoke out. She said one sentence to quiet her critics.
She said, "I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear."
Below is Melania's full statement:
"We just completed an amazing trip- we went to Ghana, we went to Malawi, we went to Kenya, here we are in Egypt. I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear. That's very important."
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