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PHOTOS: Women who dared to go without a headscarf in Saudi

January 29, 2015 09:07 IST

A lot of fuss has been created after US First Lady Michelle Obama did not wear a headscarf while she visited Saudi Arabia along with her husband – US President Barack Obama. 

 

However, she’s not the first woman to do so and is in good company, as these world leaders also refused to cover their heads while visiting the country.

1) German Chancellor Angela Merkel

 

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah meets Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel at the RoyalPalace in Riyadh in 2007. Photgraph: Saudi News/Reuters

2) Hillary Clinton

 

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal and then US. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk before their joint news conference in Riyadh, in 2010. Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters

3) Laura Bush

 

Former US First Lady Laura Bush inside the Royal Terminal at the Riyadh-KingKhaledInternationalAirport in Riyadh in  2008. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

4) Nancy Pelosi

 

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is greeted by Saudi officials during her visit to the Saudi council in Riyadh in 2007. Photograph: Yousef Doubisi/Reuters