Melania Trump being mocked online for fashion choices

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

US First Lady Melania Trump on a safari at The Nairobi National Park.

US First Lady Melania Trump on a safari at The Nairobi National Park.Source:AFP

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Her decision to wear the pith helmet led some to accuse her of having an “outdated understanding” of Africa, due to the association between the headwear and colonial rule in the continent.

‘Look, here comes a stampede of people criticising your hat.’

‘Look, here comes a stampede of people criticising your hat.’Source:AFP

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.

She is genuinely uncomfortable touching this elephant. The elephant looks similarly unenthused.

She is genuinely uncomfortable touching this elephant. The elephant looks similarly unenthused.Source:AFP

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.

Khaki AND beige all together at once. African dressing level: Expert.

Khaki AND beige all together at once. African dressing level: Expert.Source:AP

‘I thought the dress code was beige.’

‘I thought the dress code was beige.’Source:AP

Another standard holiday look? A billowy outfit you would never try to pull off at home because your friends would laugh at you.

Another standard holiday look? A billowy outfit you would never try to pull off at home because your friends would laugh at you.Source:AFP

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.”

‘Also, while you’re at it, check out my toned pins.’

‘Also, while you’re at it, check out my toned pins.’Source:AFP

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!”

 

Pick the former model.

Pick the former model.Source:AFP

You have to respect her commitment to fashion. Because our guess is she is sweating up a storm in this suit.

You have to respect her commitment to fashion. Because our guess is she is sweating up a storm in this suit.Source:AFP

Once more for the people in the cheap seats.

Once more for the people in the cheap seats.Source:AFP

Standard African Holiday Look #5: A snap with adorable African children for Instagram, to show that you’re super down to earth and caring.

 

Nailed it.

Nailed it.Source:AP

The Twittersphere has had a field day with the First Lady’s fashion parade in Africa: