First lady Michelle Obama received some flak on Tuesday for going hijab-less while in Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the late King Abdullah. What’s more, she also shook hands with new ruler, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, an action that goes contrary to Islamic law, which forbids unrelated men and women from touching.

Some perceived a lack of decorum from the first lady while others said she handled the jaunt like a pro, pointing to a precedent of other U.S. women representatives like Obama predecessor Laura Bush and former secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright who also went headscarf-less and shook hands while visiting the country.

This reminds us of another time a first lady caused a stir during international travel. For this week’s #TBT, let’s remember that time Hillary Clinton “baffled the Japanese” when she wore three, all-black outfits during a two-day trip in Japan. Culturally, black, especially when worn alone or with white, represents mourning and misfortune (funeral attire…ring any bells?).

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