British Prime Minister Theresa May, turned heads on Tuesday when she arrived in Saudi Arabia without wearing a headscarf – reportedly bucking the advice of her own government.
The photos showed May's ankles and wrists were covered. However, The Telegraph noted her outfit did not completely comply with Foreign Office guidelines: “Women should wear conservative, loose-fitting clothes as well as a full length cloak (abaya) and a headscarf.”
There is no law in Saudi Arabia forcing foreign visitors to wear a headscarf, the newspaper reported.
The Prime Minister was not the first woman leader to visit this country without a headscarf. Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice both left their heads uncovered.
May received plenty of attention on Twitter, with several people praising her for her wardrobe choice and some deeming it disrespectful.
Theresa May refusing to wear a head scarf and bow down to a mob of 7th century Saudi Arabian medievalists. THAT's what a feminist looks like— Herr Glebe (@HerrGlebe) April 4, 2017
Theresa May goes to Middle East in trousers but no head scarf - she's on a fool's errand if she doesn't respect those whom she visits— Elspeth54 (@elspeth54) April 4, 2017
Before she arrived in Saudi Arabia, May said she hoped to serve as a role model for oppressed women there, The Sun reported. “I hope people see me as a woman leader and will see what women can achieve,” May said.