The first lady, Melania Trump is now making her presence felt- and in style! Her fashion outfits got rave reviews and wide approval in local Saudi Arabian press and her decision to not wear the customary headscarf did not prove to be a problem for the host country.
Arab News which also circulated a special English print edition for the U.S. press generously praised Melania for her fashion choices, describing such as “classy” and “conservative”, consistent and respectful of the culture in Saudi Arabia. A whole page color photo was also featured, showing a beautiful first lady in a black jumpsuit, her outfit when she and President Donald Trump landed Riyadh and stepped off Air Force One on Saturday.
The elegant jumpsuit appeared to be from British designer Stella McCartney. Cuffed at the sleeves and cinched at the waist with a large gold belt, the flowing look bears some close similarities with an abaya, the local customary dress.
The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Melania’s outfit choice was not a coincidence. Grisham said that Melania’s black jumpsuit is close to her own dress style while it is also sensitive to the place and host nation for sure.
The resemblance did not escape the notice of the local media with Arab News even quoting a boutique-owner in Jeddah who said that what Melania wore pretty much resembled her own abaya.
The first lady wore the jumpsuit for a day of bilateral meetings before changing into a sweeping magenta gown later in the evening. The dress came complete with flowing cape sleeves which Melania wore for dinner at the Saudi palace. The first lady and first daughter and special assistant to the President Ivanka Trump were the only women present at the lavish welcoming ceremony, which also saw the Saudi king himself and Cabinet secretaries dancing with swords.
The first lady’s decision not to wear a headscarf was also done not on a whim but a choice made after close consultations and coordination with the State Department protocol. Melania also received briefings before the first foreign foray. Grisham also said that the first lady studied hard for the trip. She added that it was not required for the first lady to wear a headscarf and nobody asked her to and based from that, she chose not to.
The first lady did not only make waves in Saudi Arabia for her great fashion sense, but she also ensured a more meaningful and productive visit for her first official overseas trip with the President. Melania conducted a few solo events while the President held bilateral meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council. Melania paid a visit to the American International School in Riyadh and an all-women General Electric service center. She tweeted photos from both visits and described those as an “honor”. The first lady also praised “international perspective and education to children.