Laura Seay, an assistant professor at Colby College who studies African politics, conflict and development, tells NPR the pith helmet, a thick form of head protection, also came about because of unscientific - and later debunked - theories colonialists had about unsafe radiation in the tropics.
The former model had a terse rejoinder when asked about that: "I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear". The people love her, and she loves them! On this outing, she wore a tan blazer, a white button-down shirt, cream-colored trousers and black flats.
Melania Trump is known to subtly communicate through her wardrobe, even offering potential jabs at the president with outfits that hold secret meanings. Earlier in the day the former model stepped off a plane at Cairo worldwide airport wearing high-waisted white trousers, a pleated white shirt and a black tie with a beige jacket.
The first lady of the United States - a odd, technically unelected, position which really seems to exist only to free the manly president's mind from silly girly things like children's health and the arts - wears clothes.
The US first lady's tour in Africa has been part of her BE BEST initiative, which focuses on improving the lives of children.
She demonstrated her independence from her husband in ways large and small - like talking up US foreign aid that he's tried to slash and ignoring the Fox-only edict that the president imposes on TV screens when he's aboard Air Force One. No word on what she actually does, though.
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At the time, the US President was being widely criticised for maintaining a policy that separated children from their parents after they were detained at the US border. "We have to look for her nonverbal cues sometimes". Speaking to the New York Times a year ago, he explained why he took the job. But she was good at fashion diplomacy; she knew what to wear and to which occasions, and she supported local designers. It must then go to the presidential palace, according to the egyptian press.
As reporters peppered her with questions, the first lady said she thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "highly qualified", but she also had a positive take on his primary accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, saying: "I'm glad Dr. Ford was heard".
Mrs Trump, by comparison, stuck to high-end American and European luxury labels on her Africa trip, donning designs by Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Hervé Pierre.
I must say that Melania is regularly criticized for the choice of clothing - not the label, the style, and compare with other well-known characters.
Now back in Washington, it is unconfirmed what is next on the First Lady's agenda.