The internet explosion Tuesday morning when a photo showed First Lady Melania Trump wearing black stilettos on her style to visit the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Melania: What are we doing today?
WH staff: We are going to Texas to help HEEL the state.
Melania: Say no more fam. pic.twitter.com /8 7dRyaBR5i
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Though the Trumps were taking a plane to meet emergency crews and victims in Copus Christi, all anyone could talk about was how effectively FLOTUS was going to do that in her “ Top Gun aviators” and four-inch heels.
@MELANIATRUMP LOSE THE STILETTOS !!!! YOU ARE GOING TO TEXAS..NOT A FASHION SHOW !!!!!
— Eve Williams (@ EveWill9 2700790) August 29, 2017
— Megan Amram (@ meganamram) August 29, 2017
Melania is now standing in a puddle in 4-inch heels acting like a first lady — devote us a transgres. https :// t.co/ TNGAfVgLg1
— Perez Hilton (@ PerezHilton) August 29, 2017
Once she touched down in Texas, however, the first lady exited the plane wearing a more modest ensemble–including a black baseball cap that read FLOTUS and a pair of white tennis shoes.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@ Scavino4 5) August 29, 2017
Whether she changed footwear after reading the internet’s reaction, or schemed her wardrobe change in advance, Melania did not show up to an emergency disaster zone in heels after all–so we could probably give her a break. And even if she did maintain her heels on, the internet’s scrutiny of the first lady is an example of how females are critiqued more for their appearance than for their actions. A trip that should have focused on what happened when the pair met with victims instead turned into an episode of Fashion Police .
Melania then:* Walks onto plane with heels*
Melania now:* Wears #FLOTUS hat*
Good job Melania! pic.twitter.com/ SeJ5whHv 03
— Collin Rugg (@ CollinRugg) August 29, 2017
The couple is scheduled to visit Austin, Texas, on Tuesday evening. The internet will let you know shortly whether her shoes are too fashion-forward.
— Amber Nicole (@ FindingAnswers) August 29, 2017