Melania Trump wants people to stop focusing on her colonist fashion choices

October 8, 2018

US First Lady Melanie Trump has made some strange – and sometimes bizarre – fashion choices and she’s in the news again for something she wore during her tour of Africa.

She once wore a pair of Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels to tour a Puerto Rican disaster zone and the unforgettable Zara jacket that read “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” while visiting children at detention centres.

After touching down in the Ghanian capital of Accra to kick-off her tour of Africa Melania set off on a safari day trip in Nairobi National Park in Kenya and raised eyebrows the world over with yet another left-of-field outfit.

Pairing tanned riding pants with a simple white collared shirt, the first lady topped off her outfit with colonial-era headwear — a white pith helmet, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Worn by European authorities during their rule over their many African colonies, The Guardian shone light on the controversy surrounding the seemingly plain item, reporting that the helmets “were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East in the 19th century before being adopted by military officers, rapidly becoming a symbol of status – and oppression.” In response to comments surrounding the hat’s negative connotations, Melania lashed out at the press tracking her African tour, speaking out in defence of her choices.

“You know what? We just completed an amazing trip,” she said. “We went to Ghana. We went to Malawi. We went to Kenya. Now here we are in Egypt. I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear. That’s very important, what I do, what we’re doing with USAID, my initiatives, and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”