Melania Trump Wears Heels Again as She Heads to Texas to Meet with Hurricane Harvey Victims
The 47-year-old first lady and former model was photographed Saturday morning in a pair of snakeskin stilettos as she and President Donald Trump left the White House to make their way to Air Force One.
It was a bold move considering the criticism Melania received just four days earlier when she first traveled to the flood-ravaged state to observe Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, wearing a pair of sky-high black heels. (She wore the heels while in Washington D.C. but later changed to a much more casual look when she arrived in Texas.)
Although Melania switched out her outfit for her earlier trip to Texas, her wardrobe change did not stop the criticism on Twitter, with actor Zach Braff wryly noting that “Melania headed to a disaster zone in stilettos is my Halloween costume.”
A spokeswoman for the first lady released a statement to CNN about the kerfuffle, stating that, “It’s sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes.”
Indeed Harvey’s destruction has been massive.
In the week after Harvey made landfall, floodwaters overtook entire neighborhoods, damaging at least 49,000 homes in Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported. In all, some 785,000 people were part of mandatory evacuations in Texas and Lousiana, and more than 200,000 homes are still without power. Tens of thousands of residents are still taking up refuge in shelters across the states.
Officials are now allowing a portion of evacuees to return to their properties to being the process of rebuilding their homes and their lives.