“She really out here appropriating culture"
Kim Kardashian has been accused of cultural appropriation after she posted pictures of herself wearing earrings with the ‘Om’ symbol.
The reality TV star took to social media to share pictures from a shoot that was shot by stylist and photographer Sita Abellan.
Kim wrote: “I did a photoshoot with Sita using all KKW Beauty existing products!”
In the photos, she is seen wearing a figure-hugging shimmery red gown paired with a floral blazer.
Her makeup looked stunning, donning red eye shadow.
Kim accessorised her look with large round diamante-encrusted earrings with the ‘Om’ symbol.
However, when the photos went viral, Kim was subjected to criticism.
Social media users accused her of cultural appropriation, calling for her to apologise.
One Twitter user said: “Is now a good time to mention that the Om is a sacred symbol to Hindus and not just an accessory?”
Another wrote: “She really out here appropriating culture and religion like it’s a hobby.
“Do some basic research, the Om symbol is sacred and it’s not an aesthetic.”
A third commented: “Stop cultural appropriation of Indian culture!
“What’s up with those earrings girl?”
This is not the first time Kim Kardashian has faced backlash for cultural appropriation.
In 2019, she announced she had renamed her shapewear brand to SKIMS after ‘Kimono’ was slammed.
She said: “My fans and followers are a huge inspiration to me – I’m always listening to their feedback and opinions, and am so grateful they shared their ideas for a new brand name.
“After much thought and consideration, I’m excited to announce the launch of SKIMS Solutionwear.”
Previously, singer Rihanna sparked a cultural appropriation row after she posted a topless photo while wearing a diamond-studded necklace featuring Ganesha.
Rihanna was promoting her lingerie line, Savage X Fenty.
In the photo, she just wore silk boxers and the necklace, using her arm to cover her modesty.
While the post attracted more than 9.9 million likes, the inclusion of the necklace, along with Rihanna’s bare chest and tattoos have angered Indians, with some calling it cultural appropriation.
One person said: “You’re wearing a deity necklace and a Murthi [image of a deity] of my culture that’s already been culturally appropriated enough.
“How is this OK when a person has more than enough resources to at least find out the meaning and significance of the chains and the pendant around their neck?”
Another said: “I hope she returns the necklace because she clearly doesn’t know how to wear it because it’s mad disrespectful.”