Melania Trump will not be wearing a headscarf when visiting Saudi Arabia.
Neither will Ivanka Trump.
Out of respect to President Trump, the Saudis did not even ask or make the suggestion.
America will not be pandering to traditional Islamic practices with this administration.
The Mercury News reports:
Melania Trump won’t have to dress in strict Muslim fashion while she accompanies her husband Donald Trump this weekend to Saudi Arabia, the first country on the president’s itinerary for his first official overseas trip.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir was quoted as telling media Thursday that America’s First Lady won’t be required to dress conservatively or tone down her usual high-fashion look, which often includes bold colors, stiletto heels and the occasional low neckline.
(Update: Ivanka Trump is also accompanying her father to Saudi Arabia as his White House assistant. She and husband Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, are both practicing Orthodox Jews and had to receive a rabbinical dispensation to travel on Friday, the Jewish Sabbath, a White House official told Politico. Ivanka will presumably be giving the same pass in terms of dress as her stepmother.)
“We welcome any style in clothing,” Al-Jubeir said.
Well, that’s not really true. Saudi Arabia faces international criticism for its oppressive laws against women.
These laws include its system of male guardianship, in which girls and women are forbidden from traveling, conducting official business, or even undergoing certain medical procedures without permission from their male “guardians” — their fathers, husbands, brothers or uncles.
They also can’t drive or participate freely in sports.
To critics, this oppression extends to dress, where women are required to hide any outward displays of beauty.
Women in Saudi Arabia, including most foreign visitors, are expected to wear floor-length black dresses — not pants — that cover their entire bodies, including their legs and arms. They should also wear a head scarf that covers their head and even hides their hair.
More conservative women wear veils that also cover their faces, save for a slit that makes their eyes visible.
But those rules apparently won’t apply to model-turned-FLOTUS Melania Trump. When asked if Melania would have to dress accordingly, Al-Jubeir said their government “usually doesn’t demand” but makes “suggestions.”
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