Melania Trump might have one of the biggest wardrobes across the world at her disposal, but she has shown her thrifty side as she recycled a stunning 1940s-inspired dress for her glamorous entrance to Kenya on Thursday.
Glowing in her second outfit of the day, the US First Lady, 48, stole the show from the second she stepped off her plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi in a US$1,580 (AU$2232) Erdem bird-patterned dress.
Donald Trump’s wife previously wore the frock in July when she returned to Washington D.C. following a weekend away with her husband. While she wore it with a statement orange belt and heels at the time, she swapped them for a large bright yellow belt and matching stilettos this time round – giving her whole outfit a stylish vintage feel.
Waving to a small crowd gathered on the runway, Melania was pictured as she slowly descended the stairs before being greeted by a girl with a huge bouquet of flowers.
Her arrival in Kenya came just hours after Melania met crowds of people in Malawi, this time opting for a a chic khaki Joseph shirt dress and tanned stilettos. She swapped mid-way through the day into some flat pumps however, as she met children at Chipala Primary School.
However, her visit has been marred with controversy as it was claimed a few people were spotted holding up signs in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe. According to the Mail Online, one of them had the words “#MELANIATOO” on it, with the ‘ME’ in bold black. Meanwhile, another reportedly read: “Welcome to Malawi. #NOTAS**THOLE!” Directly referencing reports earlier this year that the president used the term to describe African nations.
However, whether she saw the signs or not, Melania was pictured smiling throughout the visit and even stopped to comfort a shy little girl by bending down to speak to her, shortly after her arrival.
The girl, who was wearing a blue school uniform, stood in front of Melania who showed her maternal side as she comforted her by patting her on the back and chatting happily away.
No doubt seeing footage of Melania at the time, her husband took to Twitter to praise his wife, writing: “Our country’s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa… The people love her, and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see.”
Meanwhile, reflecting on her African trip on Instagram as she arrived in Kenya, Melania shared a short video of some of her highlights. She captioned it: “Thank you Ghana!”
Fans congratulated her on the footage with one writing: “America is a compassionate nation to others. You’re an outstanding representative of the kindness that all Americans should have. God’s protection on your journeys!”
Another added: “Such a kind heart,” and one wrote: “Proud of our First Lady!”