Saudi Arabia's King Salman, right, and Michelle Obama, center, hold a receiving line for delegation members at the Erga Palace in the capital of Riyadh on Tuesday. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a headscarf during an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday prompted some social media backlash in the country, as well as debate in the United States about whether the first lady was standing up for woman's rights or disrespecting a local culture on an important day.

But Obama is far from the first prominent foreign woman to skip the headscarf during a visit to Saudi Arabia. Here are a few more:

Madeleine Albright in 1999


Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, left, on Dec. 6, 1999, in the Al Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, while Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Bander Bin Sultan, second from right, and a unidentified U.S. aide listen. (Hasan Jamali/AP)

Laura Bush in 2007


U.S. first lady Laura Bush checks out a headscarf presented to her by Samia al-Amoudi, left, during participation in a "Breaking the Silence" coffee with a Cancer Survivors Group on Oct. 24, 2007, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Hasan Jamali/AP)

Condoleezza Rice in 2007


Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal listens to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before a joint news  conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Jeddah. (Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)

Nancy Pelosi in 2007


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is welcomed by Sheik Saleh bin Humaid, the head of Saudi consultative council and imam of Mecca's great mosque, left, during her visit to the Saudi council in Riyadh on April 5, 2007. (Amr Nabil/AP)

Angela Merkel in 2010


German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with Abdullah Alireza, minister of commerce and industry of Saudi Arabia, during the opening of the German-Saudi Arabian economic conference in the Jiddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo)

Hillary Clinton in 2012


Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, right, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah chat prior to a group photo before a U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council forum on March 31, 2012, in Riyadh. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

While it's true that Saudi women are expected to cover their heads in the country, female foreigners are held to different standards. As long as they wear loose clothes that cover their arms and legs, they are unlikely to be reprimanded, and in some parts of the country the sight of a foreign woman without a headscarf is not unusual. Because of that, Michelle Obama may not have expected the extraordinary reaction to her dress (other women in her party, including former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, also did not wear a headscarf).

Some high-profile visitors have worn headscarves when visiting Saudi Arabia. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, usually wears one on her trips with her husband, Prince Charles, and Laura Bush was photographed briefly wearing a headscarf she received as a gift.

Others, however, are pretty adamant that they won't change their dress. During one trip to Saudi Arabia as secretary of state, Rice was given what she described as a "full-length, beautifully embroidered abaya" by the Saudi crown prince. Rice has not been seen wearing the Islamic garment, which loosely covers the entire body, including the top of the head. She later described the abaya as a "sign of oppression."