Why Are Melania and Ivanka Trump Wearing “Abaya” and Headscarf in the Vatican?

Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump meeting the Pope with Headscarf.

US First Lady Melania Trump and Donald’s Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump raised questions when as they arrived at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, wearing a headscarf which both of them opted to give a miss during their trip to Saudi Arabia. Melania, who accompanied President Donald Trump on his first foreign visit, wore a long-sleeved Dolce & Gabbana black dress and a veil, a tradition followed by various US First Ladies. Ivanka Trump also wore black dress and veils.

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Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan wearing Headscarves during their meeting with the Pope

A spokesperson for the first lady said Melania’s decision to wear a black lace veil, also known as a mantilla followed Vatican protocol that women who have an audience with the pope must wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover their head. In Saudi Arabia, however, the government did not request that she wear a head covering, the spokesman said.

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