ANY fashion-loving female who has ever pictured themselves holidaying in Africa has usually envisaged themselves on safari in an array of floaty linen outfits and cute yet practical hats, a-la “Out of Africa”.
This week Melania Trump is embodying this particular fashion reverie in a series of fabulously clichéd outfits. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Standard African Holiday Look #1: Classic safari chic
This particular look has gone down like a lead elephant in quick sand.
Her decision to wear the pith helmet led some to accuse her of having an “outdated understanding” of Africa, due to the association between the headwear and colonial rule in the continent.
When questioned about her tone-deaf headwear, she told reporters: “You know what, we just completed an amazing trip, we went to Ghana, we went to Malawi, we went to Kenya, here we are in Egypt,” she said.
“I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear.”
Too bad, First Lady, we are not going to break stride and we shall move on to the next look.
Standard African Holiday Look #2: A neutral palette of beige and khaki
Everybody knows that when you’re in Africa you wear neutral tones so as not to scare the sh*t out of the animals.
Or at least that’s what Westerners seem to think. The two African women in the photo below are totally thumbing their nose at this theory, and power to them. They look spectacular. Melania on the other hand looks like a paper bag in a sand storm.
Standard African Holiday Look #3: A bold print featuring all the animals you just saw on safari
It’s basically like show and tell at primary school, but it’s all laid out on your frock. “Yesterday I went on safari and I saw lions and tigers and giraffes.”
Standard African Holiday Look #4: Dressing as a character from Casablanca
The first lady tipped her hat to everyone’s favourite misquoted movie with an ensemble that has us all throwing money at her jar and screaming, “Play it again, Sam!”
Standard African Holiday Look #5: A snap with adorable African children for Instagram, to show that you’re super down to earth and caring.
The Twittersphere has had a field day with the First Lady’s fashion parade in Africa:
Melania also looks like ‘Resort Wear Hannibal Lecter’. pic.twitter.com/LFPRoccUyE— Santa Claus, CEO 🎅🏻 (@SantaInc)
While she’s there, maybe Melania can put the lid back on the ancient sarcophagus that released the curse of her husband. pic.twitter.com/Rt7NO1b6Ow— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer)
Next Melania Cairo outfit? pic.twitter.com/xuKmNRGfk5— David Cloud (@DavidCloudLAT)
Melania Trump visits Egypt. I feel I’ve seen that look somewhere before. pic.twitter.com/7vWRugxhne— Stig Abell (@StigAbell)
I’m convinced Melania chose Africa along fashion requirements: she knows she looks great in crisp white shirt, jodhpurs and pith helmet (and who doesn’t like baby elephants)? Living in the fantasy world of Rudyard Kipling…— Diane Rogers Fourny (@drfourny)
So, can anyone tell me what is being accomplished by Melania’s trip to Africa. Not the name of her campaign, what good is being done?
To me it looks like a fashion photo shoot and vacation.— Puka Lepus (@pukalepus)
WTF? Is this a bad remake from ‘out of Africa’? I would have expected much more dignity and respect in the way FLOTUS is dressed! Africa tour is not a fashion show! And please… lose the helmet.— AGD (@sahelwatch)
What a gross waste of Federal Tax dollars. Sending FLOTUS to Africa to do some fashion layouts and a music video. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so horrifying.— uprrmark (@uprrmark)