Yup, Melania Trump wore controversial clothing again. On Friday, the First Lady received a ton of backlash for another questionable fashion statement during her first solo trip to Africa. Trump was on a safari at the Nairobi National Park when she was photographed wearing a white pith helmet—a hat with direct ties to colonialism.
According to People, the hat dates back to the 19th and 20th centuries when colonization ran rampant. "European military personnel often wore pith helmets as they sought out colonies in Africa and Asia. The hats remained popular with those who moved to colonized countries and are seen by many as symbolic of the oppression of colonization."
Melania's insensitive attire did not go unnoticed by journalists and scholars on Twitter, who were quick to call out the First Lady.
Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to "Africa" is more than a silly sartorial choice. It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa. (Also, she was photographed in safari attire multiple times on this trip.) #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo https://t.co/aCnkOnPBF8
— kim yi dionne (@dadakim) October 5, 2018
Melania completes the stereotype trifecta--elephants, orphans and even the pith helmet.....#FLOTUSinAfrica2018 @africasacountry @AFP @AP pic.twitter.com/TkgFb3w4yY
— Matt Carotenuto (@matt_carotenuto) October 5, 2018
Melania: What should I wear on my Africa trip to pay tribute to the culture and history of my hosts?
WH staff: A pith helmet. Definitely a pith helmet. https://t.co/JSmNkWM2RF
— Owen Barder (@owenbarder) October 5, 2018
Oh, my god. She's got a fucking pith helmet! https://t.co/zWOsl1Re72
— Joe Bavier (@JoeBavier) October 5, 2018
why is she dressed like she’s about to exploit the belgian congo https://t.co/L11BpgMLrb
— molly 🐶 (@socialistdogmom) October 5, 2018