Much of Melania Trump’s Africa tour wardrobe was derivative or just plain offensive

“I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”

This was Melania Trump’s response when she was asked about her decision to wear a pith helmet while on safari in Kenya on Friday.

This would normally be an appropriate response for a woman being asked about fashion when on a state trip – in that what women wear is commented on far more than men. But the thing is, in this instance Melania chose to wear an item of clothing that even a cursory Wikipedia search would have told her is “considered a symbol of colonial oppression”.

US First Lady Melania Trump goes on a safari with Nelly Palmeris (R), Park Manager, at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. /…

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