Why donโ€™t you all just leave the ‘First Lady elect’ alone?

Margaret Kenyatta with husband, President elect, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Margaret Kenyatta with husband, President elect, Uhuru Kenyatta.

I should have just typed that out, said โ€˜rant overโ€™ and moved on but I really have an itch to give my two bits worth on this. Silly cartoons about the First Lady are coming up and all of a sudden everyoneโ€™s a fashionista and decides how our First Lady should dress and behave. People have a problem with her hair (isnโ€™t the salt and pepper look tremendously gorgeous?), they think she should dress better and whatnot. Iโ€™m wondering what they mean by โ€˜dress betterโ€™. I feel sheโ€™s always elegantly kitted out and carries herself really well.

Also Iโ€™d really like to know, since when is it mandatory for someone to get a weave to fit in? Most of this bitching on social media is from women who probably get laughed at for their bad fashion sense and they get a kick in 140 characters or less telling Margaret how to dress and do her hair. Iโ€™m pretty sure she has a stylist and even if she doesnโ€™t I feel she has a good dress sense.

The thing is, everyone gave Mama Lucy a hard time over her clothing too. What is wrong with everyone? Why judge so harshly? Mama Lucy always did carry herself well and Iโ€™ve seen a black and white picture of hers from days gone by in a fabulous Jackie O type of shift dress standing by her husbandโ€™s side. Style and taste and fashion too, change over decades and some styles suit some people and others donโ€™t.

Letโ€™s be honest, Iโ€™ve always known my Mum to dress really well and has always had this keen sense of fashion when it came down to her salwaar kameez sets and saris too. Her dupatta (scarves) were always French chiffon or silk and she always did receive a lot of compliments. Over the years, especially in the past couple of years or so, Mumโ€™s health dwindled and after she had a couple of strokes, her chemical imbalance after her illness unfortunately seemed to take over and she kind of let go of herself. But even in this state when she didnโ€™t want to dress up in silks and chiffons and go out, she still dons pretty cotton suits and gets complimented for her taste.

With age, one tends to evolve with fashion. Iโ€™m not in agreement with women who are a certain stage in life trying to pull of tight, hipster skinny jeans that should ideally be seen on their daughters. But then again, itโ€™s personal taste and not everyone can boast of having a good fashion sense!

So anyway, coming back to my point, do lay off Margaret Kenyatta and what she wears and how she does her hair. At least sheโ€™s not like Lady Gaga turning up with satellites for headdresses and raw meat for clothes. She has this quiet elegance about her and itโ€™s way too early for any one of us to be judging her so critically.

In all her simplicity she stands out in the crowd and I love that about Margaret Kenyatta.

2 thoughts on “Why donโ€™t you all just leave the ‘First Lady elect’ alone?

  1. Thanks Kamal, this lady’s elegance stands out and does not have to be accentuated with weaves and accessories. With elegance, you do not have to try, it just oozes out even when one is wearing plain cotton. I think she is elegant.

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  2. I totally agree Wangari. It annoyed me to see the blatant ignorance of (especially) women who think being overdressed in horrid weaves is their idea of being dressed smartly. I absolutely adore Margaret’s style. Less is always more.


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