Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

First Lady: Under fire after wearing 'colonial' pith helmet in Kenya

First Lady: Under fire after wearing 'colonial' pith helmet in Kenya

On Friday, she visited the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was spotted wearing a white blouse, brown riding trousers, boots and the white pith helmet - which is associated with colonial rule across Africa, The Guardian reported.

Matt Carotenuto, a historian and coordinator of African Studies at St. Lawrence University, commented that there was no need to wear a helmet on the type of safari she was taking.

First lady Melania Trump takes photos with her phone during a safari at Nairobi National Park.

Many on Twitter were not as kind and felt her inspiration might be more along the lines of Michael Jackson.

First lady Melania Trump looks out over Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya on October 5, 2018, during a safari guided by Nelly Palmeris.

She and her local counterpart Margaret Kenyatta held talks on the welfare of mothers and children, and conservation, according to the Kenyan presidency.

It was her first major solo trip overseas and a rare example of a time when she has answered questions by reporters.

Her stepsons have also been criticised for their passion for hunting. She also said she wished that people would focus on what she does, not what she wears, and then proceeded to pose for pictures in front of some of Egypt's greatest landmarks. The first lady visited Ghana, Malawi and Kenya before landing in Egypt, where she will wrap up her trip. Things done by most tourists and dignitaries visiting the national parks.

Quickly, people across the globe slammed her because the hat was similar to the one used by colonial masters in Kenya. "It is a lovely thing to see".

Melania Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "I'm glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard, FBI investigation was done - is completed - and (the) Senate voted", Trump said, referring to psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford who had accused him of sexually assaulting her.

Mrs. Trump arrived at The Nest orphanage on Friday after helping feed baby elephants, still clad in the riding trousers and tall brown boots she had worn on a safari.

Trump departs for Egypt on Saturday morning before returning to the United States.

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