Melania Trump criticised for wearing 'colonialist' pith helmet on Kenyan safari

First lady Melania Trump waves before entering the Great Pyramid as she visits the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. They alleged that Trump and her husband, President Donald Trump, are out of touch with modern Africa and only know the region through various stereotypes.

The first lady's wardrobe choices - including a tie she donned in Egypt today - have been dissected for what message she might be trying to send.

The first lady landed in Cairo Saturday where she was received by her Egyptian counterpart and later headed to the presidential palace.

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While the first lady on her trip highlighted successful programs of USAID, she indicated she would not press the president to increase funding to the foreign aid agency.

While in Kenya, Melania is expected to hold a meeting with President Uhuru and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, visit the Kenya National Theatre as well as a few children homes within Nairobi.

Ms Trump's focus on wildlife stands in contrast to efforts by her husband to lift a ban on some elephant trophy imports, which created a public outcry past year.

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USA first lady Melania Trump stands in front of the Sphinx as she visits the Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt, October 6, 2018.

On the previous leg of her tour in Kenya, her choice of a white colonial-style pith helmet while on safari drew some criticism on Twitter, with one person comparing her look to that of a "colonial administrator".

Trump then made a brief stop at the heavily-fortified US Embassy in downtown Cairo, driving through streets almost deserted due to a national holiday marking the 45th anniversary of Egypt's 1973 war with Israel.

In June, the first lady was photographed wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do u?" on its back.

"When people think of Africa, they have these standard narratives", Dionne said.

But it was her attire which drew concern on Twitter, as she donned a white pith hat, with her riding pants and boots.

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