Twitter Chastises Melania Trump for Wearing ‘Colonial’ Headgear in Africa

First Lady Melania Trump is catching heat yet again over her clothing choice.

On Friday, while visiting a safari in Nairobi National Park in Kenya — a stop on her first solo trip to Africa — FLOTUS was photographed wearing a white pith helmet, a hat most commonly associated with colonialists.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, 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.

Twitter Chastises Melania Trump for Wearing 'Colonial' Headgear in Africa

Shortly after the sighting, several people called Melania out on Twitter. “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 It’s a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa,” Kim Yi Dionne, a political-science professor who specializes in African politics at the University of California, Riverside wrote.

She touched down in Kenya on Thursday night for the third stop of her six-day visit, her first major solo international trip as first lady.

She spent her first full day in the country on Friday bottle-feeding elephants, going on safari, visiting orphans, having tea with the Kenyan first lady and taking in a performance at the Nairobi National Theatre.

The day was eventful in more ways than one. First, the first lady was nearly trampled by a baby elephant. Then she was ridiculed on Twitter for wearing a pith helmet, a look typical of turn-of-the-century imperialists, to go on safari.

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