Melania Trump Makes Political Fashion Statement
Melania Trump has been traveling with her husband, President Donald Trump, on his first major foreign trip to the Middle East. One of the stops on their Middle Eastern tour was Saudi Arabia. The first lady was a trending topic for what she didn't wear on the trip.
Melania chose not to wear the customary headscarf on the trip. It may seem like the first lady was being revolutionary, but many women who have visited Saudi Arabia before did the same, like former first lady Michelle Obama, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Islamic head covering is required for Saudi women, wives and female family members of foreign leaders can choose if they want to wear it.
Later that day for the Arab Islamic American Summit, Melania changed into a tailored white pantsuit. Under Islamic law, male visitors to Saudi Arabia are asked to dress conservatively, according to WorldBusinessCulture.com, which means suits and ties for business meetings, and women are expected to wear skirts, preferably ankle length. So her choice of a pantsuit is noticeable. It seems that the first lady is using her fashion to set a few statements about women's rights.