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First Lady Michelle Obama Goes Scarf-Free In Saudi Arabia

The new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz (right) and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (center) hold a receiving line for delegation members at the Erga Palace in the capital Riyadh on January 27, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama is in Saudi Arabia to shore up ties with new king and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
The new Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz (right) and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (center) hold a receiving line for delegation members at the Erga Palace in the capital Riyadh on January 27, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama is in Saudi Arabia to shore up ties with new king and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor King Abdullah. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

When First Lady Michelle Obama visited Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama following the death of its king, she appeared without a headscarf — even though the women of Saudi Arabia are expected to cover up. Saudi law, however, does not require foreign visitors to wear a hijab.

Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins discusses this with Jacki Lyden, founder of The Seams, a series on NPR about the culture of fashion.

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