Michelle Obama can Teach Senegal’s First Lady Marieme Faye About Travel Fashion (Video)

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Michelle Obama’s aptitude in wardrobe fashion during travel in Africa confronted that of First Lady Marieme Faye of Sengal betowing invaluable teaching points. In the week long trip of Africa, color coordination seemed very apparent in the dress of the top officials.

First Lady Obama stepped off the air plane in South Africa wearing a look warrant of international travel. She sported an extended length striking dress coat with matching polished shoes and crisp blouse for the occasion. She could have posed for the cover of Vanity Magazine with her stylish headdress.

The coordinating pearl set of the first lady exemplified her elegance as the fashion ambassador for the U.S. overseas. America’s fashion culture was in full display as South African onlookers gawked at America’s ruling couple’s departure from the flying fortress U.S. Air Force One.

Many critics affirm that First Lady Obama could have been more ostentatious in her South African flight line appearance. As always Michelle Obama kept critics on their heels guessing what’s coming next in regards to her fashion manner. Michelle Obama can definitely teach Senegal’s First Lady Marieme Faye a thing or two about fashion while on travel.

First Lady Obama went toe to toe during photo ops with First Lady Marieme Faye to kick off a week long tour of South Africa. At the Presidential Palace in Dakar the two stood waving and smiling as they modeled pastel colors coordinating with the dark suits of their respective spouses.

Marieme Faye’s style is different from the American first lady in that she favors the traditional caftans of Senegalese paired with modern sunglasses, polished make up and stylish leather hand bags. The caftan is an ankle length pull over robe and it’s the national wear of the country much like the American business suit.

Michelle Obama wore a tie-dye zero, Maria Cornejo dress upon her initial landing in Senegal from the designers Pre-Fall 2013 collection. With the inventive pattern and lovely drape to the dress it complimented the first lady’s styled hair. The first lady’s dress ware set the tone for her recurrent appearances upon the African continent.

First Lady Obama has a style that is more body-conscious and her color schemes patterns are anything but monotonous. The many layered dress of First Lady Marieme Faye is in stark contrast of Michelle Obama’s style of dress. However, Faye’s personality could be viewed as humble and approachable in contrary of her fashion prowess.

Michelle Obama could do well to teach her counterpart Fist Lady of Senegal Marieme Faye about the intricacies of Fashion travel.

By Thomas Barr

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55 Responses to "Michelle Obama can Teach Senegal’s First Lady Marieme Faye About Travel Fashion (Video)"

  1. jackie   February 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Michelle’s dress in the above picture is inappropriate for ANY international outing. Madam Sall can teach her about looking decent in foreign countries***

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  2. Isatou   October 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

    thank you senamerican, this is the most disrespectful article i have ever seen anyone write. You should accept and appreciate other people’s culture instead of disrespecting them.

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  3. senamerican   July 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    This article is ignorant. You should know that fashion is cultural. The Americans would not get Marieme Sall’s fashion choices for the same reasons many Senegalese would not understand why Michelle Obama, a lady over fifty would wear knee-length dresses and body-hugging pants. You should quit journalism since you have nothing smart to say.

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  4. coolio   July 24, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Thomas Barr is stupid and inintelligent!

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  5. pape   July 23, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Parce qu’elle ne porte pas de robe qu’elle devrait lui apprendre a s’habiller ? pourquoi ne pas lui demander de lui envoyer la même robe que portait Monica Levinsky? on va profiter aussi pour demander a Bill Clinton de nous apprendre comment soulever une robe surtout le model Monica, car ici les pervers sont plus habitué a défaire des pagnes lol

    Because she does not dress it should teach him to dress? why not ask him to send the same dress worn by Monica Levinsky? one will enjoy also ask Bill Clinton to teach us how to lift a dress especially Monica model, because here the perverse are more accustomed to dispose of cloths lol

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  6. ndiaye   July 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Not what we need from ameriacans. We want our brothers and sisters from all over the wolod to know that we have finished with mental slavery.

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  7. Boy Dangou Sud   July 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

    @ period Senegalese

    Thank you for reminding to this mediocre journalist what cultural relativism means. I wouldn’t keep him as my employee if I was his boss. It was my naive thought that this race of journalist was extinct.

    Peace

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  8. cheikh   July 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    haha, this is funny. Well just for the record, let me remind Mr Barr that we used to have a first lady that dressed just like Michelle Obama, her name was Viviane Wade, and she WAS French!!!. Now that we have a first lady who is AFRICAN 100% we don’t need to be reminded of these semi slutty way of dressing…we love our 1st lady… But as always, Once an American, always an American. And like Eminem said “Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say but nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish”

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  9. A proud Senegalese   July 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This Thomas Barr needs to be sat down and talked to. You can’t in the 21st century show evidence of such ignorance. First of all, compare what is comparable. Michele Obama is the guest, Marieme is the host, right at home. Second, Michele Obama draws from her western culture, and righfully so, but allow Marieme to find inspiration from her African and Muslim culture where humility a core value. She would have been criticized by the senegalese culture if she had dressed any differently. What’s interesting, you would not hear a single Senegalese criticize Michele Obama’s dress. We all felt she was elegant in her western skin. What on earth would Michele teach Marieme. Michele would be offended by this so called article by a “journalist” who displayed total ignorance that borrderlines imparialism or even racism. I hope the magazine would help Thomas out of the U.S. so that he discovers there is a world out there that is different but equally important than the U.S. We live in a world where people should be allowed to celebrate their customes and traditions and ways of doing. The time when the West was to be emulated is past gone. Wake up, Thomas for God’s sake and let people be them.

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  10. Bibs   July 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I Like the way Marieme Faye dressed, She’s just sublime!

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  11. Madibah   July 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    This article is racist and sexist! What on earth are doing your editors in chief?! Personally I would have cancelled that story! Nothing else to say on that travel?! Nothing interesting in the speech?! Nothing regarding the facts that as a African American maybe that travel is much more meaningful that for Barack himself?!

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  12. ABC   July 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    If I say there is hore between these two ladies, who would you pick given their dresses?

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  13. African   July 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

    How to dress the First Lady is Senegalese their traditional costume. And African, let alone over the Senegalese love it, ok. And she dresses way down. Although she was dressed in American costume, it will be sublime. Personally, I love the way she dressed.

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  14. mina   July 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

    some people have no business in writing an article. we’re talking about two different cultures. Trust me, if marieme faye were to dress like michelle obama (when the occasion presents itself), she will look just as good. This is our traditional clothing and she wore them well. This article is way off base. Its like talking about apples and oranges.

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  15. Nene   July 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Is this guy for real!!! Like everybody said, you need to compare what’s comparable, I couldn’t read and didn’t even bother reading the article, because of your stupid title. Mrs Obama will be ashamed to see this piece of crap you call article!!! My Goodness!

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  16. sidya   July 1, 2013 at 5:30 am

    every country has their own culture and ways to dress so she doesn’t need to copy michelle and please stop publishing stupid things pfff

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  17. Rama   July 1, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Our first lady does not need to learn from Michelle Obama, we love the way she dressed. Let us with our culture and our first lady

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  18. Khady   July 1, 2013 at 4:26 am

    You don’t need to judge the senegalese fashion according to your american fashion criteria. What she have put is in line with senegalese fashion. In senegal, we found Michelle not well dressed. In our culture, a woman of her age shouldn’t be dressed like a team.

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  19. Tina   July 1, 2013 at 4:06 am

    lol…Mr. Barr…you just wanted to be noticed by publishing this stupidity, right?

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  20. mimacousou   July 1, 2013 at 4:01 am

    nonsense

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  21. Symply Nico   July 1, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Nonsense reporting. Write something worth reading

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  22. Aicha   July 1, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Our first lady doesn’t need what you so call a “travel fashion”, she was just visiting a girls’ high school in Dakar. Then, even if she was travelling she doesn’t need any advice to be able to dress appropriatly, the senegalese people are very pleased about the way she dressed, she is culture-oriented. We really estimate her because of her great way of showing the senegalese culture instead of copying others.

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  23. Mby   July 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I just wonder why on earth a senegalese woman commuting for 12 minutes in her own hometown would need lessons of “travel fashion”. This First Lady dressed like if she was home, because SHE IS!

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  24. ATL-DK   July 1, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Okay Thomas…everybody is entitled to their own opinion (that’s what a politically correct me would say!). Unfortunately for you i am not! F@ck you and your article you simple-minded twat! You americans think that it is your way or no way. Yea right!! The Guardian should fire your a$$ for this article! get a life MoFo!!

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  25. Omar   June 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I just wonder why on earth a senegalese woman commuting for 12 minutes in her own hometown would need lessons of “travel fashion”. This First Lady dressed like if she was home, because SHE IS!… Whoever wrote this article needs lessons of…let’s just say everything about traveling. The tone of this article is somehow very colonial. Would the author compare FLOTUS’ attire with that of the Empress of Japan, if she happened to wear a Kimono to receive the Obamas? For my part, i found both of them very elegant.

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  26. Melody   June 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Thomas you are entitle to your opinions or point of view. And we can see that Fashion is not your area of expertise. If we start to all dress alike, the world will be such a boring place. Senegal’s first lady Marieme Sall is perfectly fine the way she presented herself. At least she did not try to change her style to fit in. She represented senegalese culture well. Please compare what is comparable. Next time you are thirsty for attention find a different subject.This article is an insulte to a whole culture. SUCH A MORON!

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  27. Globalised Boy   June 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Thomas Barr you’re Simply a stupid guy! It’s no need publishing this kind of article to get the attention or comments from people. You don’t know anything about african culture. I think it’s time for you to get back to school and take some course of philosophic !!

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  28. Neferti T Diop   June 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    What a nonsense. Reflects on American stupidity. The World is made with different cultures, traditions, and and style of clothing. I am sure Mrs Obama woud NEVER approve of such retarded article

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  29. Proud of her first lady   June 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    This is such a stupid suggestion ! All senegalese people has always want to have a senegalese first lady who represents proudly our nation and our culture ! So she doesn’t have anything to learn about fashion from ms obama even she is so pretty everytime ! Our first lady’s style is what we like and that’s the only thing important so please don’t talk about a culture you don’t know ! Peace

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  30. Abdoul   June 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    to each his own… Mrs Sall has nothing to learn from the first lady. I am sorry but you should compare what’s comparable

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  31. Ba   June 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Why do you want her to get dressed like Michelle? They come from different worlds and then they wear different clothes. Can Michelle go to Saudi Arabia and have the queen wear a skirt or dress like hers?

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  32. fatma sougou   June 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    CNN a fait un reportage dans un atelier de couture dakaroise qui confectionne les tenues traditionnelles sénégalaises. si The Guardian Express, étais aussi doué que CNN qui est présente partout à travers le monde, il saurait qu’à chacun sa culture. Notre Président l’a dit à Barack Obama: “nous sommes de culture différente,de religion différente … nous ne sommes pas disposés à dépénaliser l’homosexualité”. De la même manière, FLOTUS est très élégante, mais nous ne voulons pas sa robe pour notre Première Dame, ce n’est pas notre culture. Par contre le Grand Boubou, il est bien de chez nous, c’est ce que nous voulons qu’elle porte. Si elle ose porter un jour une robe comme celle de FLOTUS, son mari de Président n’aura pas un deuxième mandat comme POTUS.

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  33. ct-cisse   June 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This is a ridiculous post… You American people think you are better than every body all around the world.. Mrs SALL is very well dressed for people which have choosen her husband. So please be respectful!!

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  34. @ madam diop   June 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Just asking if you are a real srnegalese pls be proud of your self One love to my AFRICA.

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  35. Majesticque   June 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

    You guys just say to eave this African close and wear a western close. Mariem faye Sall is an African and wear like that. Michelle is beautiful in this close but it’s not our culture.

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  36. ngor   June 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

    dites nous qu’est ce que vous proposez à la place de sa tenue ? Qui aurez accepté que mme Sall s’habille comme Mme Obama. Non soyez sérieux , Nous n’avons tj rêvé avoir une Sénégalaise au palais , nous l’avons eu machala et elle s’habille Sénégalaise

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    • koko   June 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      elle s’habille a la senegalaise oui c’est vrai mais franchement en version demodé elle a dessus tout le monde !!! (un grand boubou avec des talons crayon noir sur les sourcils on fait plus ça…allo ? )

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  37. SN   June 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    That “mme diop” is not senegalese, just a fake/troll representing Thomas Barr…
    Ne vous laissez pas prendre a ce piege.

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  38. cheikh   June 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

    think’s MARIEME SALL Is lovely

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  39. Kerikaw   June 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    And you wonder about america having to many enemies around the world. When you think that you are better and can teach everything to everybody. Come On, How about teaching Michelle Obama or Barack Obama himself to speak another language than English. That will be more relevant and will serve you ignorant better.You are a shame to America. And by the way be courageous and give us your contact info. We will show you that we Senegalese, do not have anything to learn from you. People like you make the world unsafe and spark hate.
    I officially protest and demand the Guardian Express to apologize to the Senegalese people for this offense and remove this article from your website.

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  40. Fifi senegalaise et fiere vive Mariéme Faye Sall   June 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    je sais pas qui a écrit cet article mais tu as un sot doublé d’inintelligent chacun à sa culture et donc son style qui s’accomode avec nous on est pas complexé et nous sommes fiers de notre premiére dame qui ose mettre son traditionnel boubou pour recevoir ces hotes c’est vous les complexés et vous qui avez besoin d’une leçon g’humilité et de savoir vous êtes tout simplement bête. si on vient dans un pays c’est pour voir de nouvelles choses si tu viens pour voir les ême choses que chez toi que ce soit le style vestimentaire ou de vie autant rester chez toi
    CONNARD de journaliste Imbécile

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  41. Kagna   June 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

    This is a ridiculous article, very demeaning. Please take this trash offline…we are very proud of our culture, the way our first lady dresses. She does not have to learn from anybody, I may say if there was someone who was to adapt her dress code that should have been Michelle…
    I am really disgusted by this stupid article… you are a real douche bag Thomas Barr.. really ignorant.

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  42. pape   June 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Mr Barr, vous êtes un ignorant, un arrogant et vous n’avez aucune éducation ni culture. Arretez de croire que le reste du monde doit faire selon vos standards, voila une comparaison idiote et insultante.
    Marieme Sall n’a absolument rien à apprendre de Mme Obama.
    Quant à cette Mme diop, elle est juste pitoyable et ne reflète en rien dans ses idées l’opinion de ses compatriotes.

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  43. Ibou   June 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This Thomas Barr is a shame for his profession. Where in the world did he study journalism? His piece is the purest expression of arrogance and cultural illiteracy. Gosh!

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  44. mamy   June 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    je suis senegalaise vivant aux etats unis mais j’aime trop bien notre premiere dame senegalaise, elle est elegante,posee,beaucoup de charme.elle n’a rien a apprendre de Michelle Obama .Elle vit en Afrique donc doit s’habiller comme une senegalaise. Meme lors de son interview avec CNN ici aux etats unis elle a portait un thioup bou tok personne ne l’a critique. Mme Diop avec tous le respect du monde notre premiere dame est une fierte not a shame.

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  45. fatou   June 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Mme Diop tu es une idiote

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  46. Fatou   June 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

    We are proud of our first lady. Do you think the whole world dresses like americans do? You are ignorant and dont know anything about senegalese fashion and culture.
    Educate yourself before writing ignorant articles. Also, how do you even compare fashion styles from 2 different cultures? This article you wrote only show how uneducated you are about other cultures. Guess what, there is a world and life outside of America!

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  47. deug   June 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Mme DOP complexe e bo kat sa ndeyam gua

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  48. Fatis Racky Kane   June 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

    she dresses well and décement she is African muslmane and also do not forget to consider the realities of each corner: a little respect for others
    I like dresses but once michelle africa I Dress mariem
    take into account the realities of everyone

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  49. abu   June 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    How dare you?…She has nothing to learn from Ms Obama!…Se is a beautiful. Respectful african lady.. We are not about what our first lady wears .. But rather what she stands for.. for our country!..Pure b s…. Get a life!

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  50. mme diop   June 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

    thanks for the remarks ! i am senegalese but this lady make us feel bad . she is dirty and is a shame for us senegalese.

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    • kmu   June 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Shame on you mme Diop..Complexee..on est aficain on doit s’habiller selon nos coutumes et culture..

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    • Alima   June 30, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Qu’est-ce qui ne va pas chez toi?! Notre première dame a beaucoup de style, est simple et est très correcte, tout comme Mme Obama. Comment oses-tu faire une critique pareille? A ta place j’aurais honte de dire ce genre de choses o.O

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    • SN   June 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      That “mme diop” is not senegalese, just a fake/troll representing Thomas Barr…
      Ne vous laissez pas prendre a ce piege.

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  51. mr sene   June 30, 2013 at 6:30 am

    we’re proud of our first lady, we have our culture and this is the way a good muslim have to dress.we have so much respect to michelle obama so we need the respect for the senegalese first lady.

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