Written by Lune Loh

First Lady Melania Trump embarked on her first major solo trip to Africa this October as part of her ‘Be Best’ initiative. She visited Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

However, her visits have drawn ire online, with comments targeting her attire. While in Kenya, she wore a white pith helmet, drawing similarities to 19th-century colonial administrators. In Egypt, her clothing resulted in comparisons to Michael Jackson, Carmen Sandiego, and an Indiana Jones villain.

In an interview with ABC News, Mrs Trump mentions that “I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world”, wanting people to “talk about my trip and not what I wear”.

This is not the first time Mrs Trump attracted controversy over wardrobe choice. In August 2017, Vanity Fair reported that Mrs Trump was seen in Houston wearing stilettos to visit Hurricane Harvey victims, but changed to sneakers as she arrived in Texas.

Lune is a core member of /S@BER (/Stop @ Bad End Rhymes), a Singaporean writing collective, and is currently an Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Her works have been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, 聲韻詩刊 Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, Math Paper Press' SingPoWriMo 2017 & SingPoWriMo 2018 and Squircle Line Press' Anima Methodi anthology. She has also been featured at Singaporean LGBTQ+ pride events such as Contradiction XIII and TransIt 2. Find her waxing at

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