Fans thought the reality star was using Indian culture as a fashion trend.
Another day, another Kardashian-Jenner social media uproar about cultural appropriation. Kim Kardashian West and her family are known to "borrow" styles from a variety of cultures, and over the years they've found themselves at the center of controversies regarding the habit. When Kim rocked her "Bo Derek braids," the words she used to describe the Fulani style, she was checked on social media. She came under attack once again for wearing braids a few months later on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet and told Elle magazine it's all about "appreciation," not appropriation.
"If you genuinely love something, then it’s what you should do. It’s appreciation," she said at the time. "It’s one thing when people mock something and are negative. I’m clearly not being negative. Images mean a lot to me. I spend a lot of time on them.”
Recently, fans weren't "appreciating" a thing after she shared a photo on Instagram yesterday. The picture is of Kim wearing a white dress and an Indian Maang Tikka jewelry headpiece that's commonly reserved for brides. "Sunday Service Vibe," Kim captioned the photo. People were quick to light up her comment section with criticism, accusing her once again of using another culture's customs as a fashion choice.
"Ummm where’s the Indian inspiration credit, do you even know what your wearing on your forehead is called???" one Instagram user asked. "This is cultural appropriation and it’s just not cute anymore kimmie," another person wrote. "Keep to your own and stop stealing others cultures and their ideas and making them your own." A third critic stated, "So no one's gonna call out Kim Kardashian on cultural appropriation for wearing Indian jewelry but when it comes to a non-black person wearing dreadlocks, the Internet goes up in flames."