Ivanka Trump wears $1,655 floral dress during Ethiopia trip — where her visit to textile center sparks 'sweatshops' jabs
While stepmother Melania Trump caused a commotion — and sparked accusations of glorifying colonialism — with the outfits she wore during her trip to Africa last fall, Ivanka Trump is steering clear of pith helmets and Out of Africa-esque ensembles.
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The first daughter arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday and kicked off her four-day trip — which aims to help promote economic opportunities for women in developing countries — with two long and loose dresses. The first, a light blue cotton number with black piping, is available for $138 from J.Crew. Trump then changed into Tibi’s $595 white midi-length wrap dress cinched with a brown belt.
Joined @USAIDMarkGreen and the Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association (EWIC) for a great discussion (and coffee cupping!) with inspiring female entrepreneurs. With @USAID support, they are overcoming a lack of access to capital and growing their businesses. #WGDP
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Day two began with an all-black ensemble and lace veil, worn to Holy Trinity Church in the capital of Addis Ababa to pay respects to those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash last month.
Today, @USAIDMarkGreen, OPIC CEO Dave Bohigian, and I visited Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa to pay our respects and honor the memory of the lives lost in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash. My heartfelt sympathies to all the victims’ families and loved ones.
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The senior White House adviser opted for a more vibrant look for her Tuesday meeting with the country’s president, Sahle-Work Zewde. Trump turned to a designer beloved by royals Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, Emilia Wickstead.
The mother of three made a bold splash in Wickstead’s floral Jaz Shirt Dress, priced at $1,655. The button-down midi-length dress features large pink, red and blue blooms, and was paired with white heels and a matching belt.
While Trump’s travel wardrobe hasn’t come under fire like the First Lady’s did, her trip to Ethiopia — with a stop in the Ivory Coast also planned — has. Some critics have mocked her meetings with local women, with her visit to a textile manufacturing center prompting references to allegations that workers in China for her now-defunct fashion line were exploited.
Ivanka: “Can you sew? Is $1 a day ok?”
— CB (@CBTweets7) April 14, 2019
Did you tell them how your clothes were made in sweat shops in China!
— sweet_emmee/Emily (@sweet_emmee) April 15, 2019
@CNNPolitics @cnnbrk @AC360 @donlemon @ChrisCuomo Ivanka did you really mean “export” or “exploit”?? I love how you continue to find ways to exploit cheap labor under the guise or an economic plan. You Trumps amaze me on your audacity…
— pbarragan (@pbarragan) April 14, 2019
More like … she found new slaves to create her line of clothings
— shark (@e_quality_4all) April 14, 2019
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