• Rachel Ruto had recently traveled to the UK for Queen Elizabeth's burial.
• According to the beauty Queen, the first lady should join an etiquette class to help her understand what different postures mean in different cultures.
Kenyan First Lady Rachel Ruto has been put on the spot by Former Miss Kenya Khadija Shamillah Kiptoo.
Shamillah corrected Mama Rachael after a photo of her greeting leaders in the UK emerged.
According to the beauty Queen, the first lady should join an etiquette class to help her understand what different postures mean in different cultures.
Shamilla argued that Mama Rachel got it wrong from the neck down when greeting other leaders.
In a detailed Insta-story, Shamillah wrote;
“Both hands need to be free, especially in foreign countries where you might need both for greetings.
For instance in countries like India, Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, and Thailand, you press your palms together in an upward pointing prayer position at heart level or higher and take a bow.”
She explained that the handbag and coat need to be left with her assistant or in the car everywhere she goes.
“Body language is also very important, leaning back, knees a bit bent, legs together. The handshake needs to be right too depending on who is on the end of it.”
Shamillah explained that even gifts that are given to the First Lady should not be handled by her after receiving them.
She further insisted that if the First lady MUST Carry a bag, it should be one that can fit between the elbow and the wrist.
“And if she must carry a handbag should be one that can fit between her elbow and wrist – very light for hand gesture.”
In conclusion, Shamillah noted that Mama Rachel’s personal assistant should update her prior on the weather, culture, and security to choose her appropriate clothing based on the country she is visiting.
Have you ever done something that had a different meaning from what you intended when visiting another country?