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Kim Kardashian accused of cultural appropriation; slammed for sporting South Asian jewelry piece ‘tika’ to church

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has been criticized for wearing a traditional south Asian jewellery piece for a church service. Kim wore maang tika a jewellery piece worn on the head, in the sub-continent.

Kim Kardashian, who has more than 133 million followers on Instagram, accessorized her flowing white dress with gold jewellery, including the headpiece typically worn at times of celebration. And that was not received well by her followers.


The 38-year-old mother-of-three shared her photo on social media with the caption ‘Sunday Service Vibe’, and instantly her Instagram followers were unimpressed with her mishmash of cultural items.


The photo has made quite a stir when it was shared online, many came in sharing their views over this fashion statement.

One person wrote that “culture is not a costume” and that it was wrong for Kim to adorn it.

“This is not a Sunday Service Vibe, it’s an Indian vibe,” another criticized.

Another person explained the cultural significance of the headpiece and wrote: “For those of you who don’t know, the maang tika is a ceremonial headpiece traditionally worn by the bride. Wearing white in India is traditionally reserved for funerals”.

“On top of that, she wore this to Christian service. She probably thought it was just jewellery, but when that piece has literally been used for centuries wouldn’t you kinda think there must be some sort of significant meaning held towards it,” someone criticized.

This is not the first time, recently a few Bollywood celebrities have also been trolled for cultural appropriation.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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