I should have just typed that out, said ‘rant over’ 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 everyone’s a fashionista and decides how our First Lady should dress and behave. People have a problem with her hair (isn’t the salt and pepper look tremendously gorgeous?), they think she should dress better and whatnot. I’m wondering what they mean by ‘dress better’. I feel she’s always elegantly kitted out and carries herself really well.
Also I’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. I’m pretty sure she has a stylist and even if she doesn’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 I’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 husband’s side. Style and taste and fashion too, change over decades and some styles suit some people and others don’t.
Let’s be honest, I’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, Mum’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 didn’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. I’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, it’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 she’s not like Lady Gaga turning up with satellites for headdresses and raw meat for clothes. She has this quiet elegance about her and it’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.