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Vanessa Hudgens, Kylie Jenner, and Sarah Hyland wearing bindis


Many people have been talking about the supposed cultural appropriation of young female celebrities wearing bindis at Coachella. However, bindis are no longer the religious symbol they once were, and I’m all for non-Indians hopping on the Bindi train.

In the past, bindis were used as a religious too; as the area on which bindis are placed on is thought to represent the Anja (sixth chakra)/third eye. They were also used as a status indicator; the color of a person’s bindi could indicate their marital status (married, widowed, etc). The physical bindi has also changed, evolving from a vermillion powder to modern stickers.

Of course, some people still use bindis in the traditional way, but nowadays most people use it as a fashion accessory. Go to any Indian clothing store, or do a simple Google search, and you’ll see bindis in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite parts of wearing Indian clothes as a child was getting to pick my matching bindi and having my mom place it on my forehead. 


Other aspects of Indian culture have permeated the West, so I’m surprised people have gotten into a tizzy when non-Indian women wear bindis at a music festival. If Jamie Oliver can propagate Indian recipes and Hermes can sell scarves with Indian motifs, I think it’s alright if some young female celebrities wear bindis at Coachella. 

owlbytes:

Vanessa Hudgens, Kylie Jenner, and Sarah Hyland wearing bindis

Many people have been talking about the supposed cultural appropriation of young female celebrities wearing bindis at Coachella. However, bindis are no longer the religious symbol they once were, and I’m all for non-Indians hopping on the Bindi train.

In the past, bindis were used as a religious too; as the area on which bindis are placed on is thought to represent the Anja (sixth chakra)/third eye. They were also used as a status indicator; the color of a person’s bindi could indicate their marital status (married, widowed, etc). The physical bindi has also changed, evolving from a vermillion powder to modern stickers.

Of course, some people still use bindis in the traditional way, but nowadays most people use it as a fashion accessory. Go to any Indian clothing store, or do a simple Google search, and you’ll see bindis in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite parts of wearing Indian clothes as a child was getting to pick my matching bindi and having my mom place it on my forehead.

Other aspects of Indian culture have permeated the West, so I’m surprised people have gotten into a tizzy when non-Indian women wear bindis at a music festival. If Jamie Oliver can propagate Indian recipes and Hermes can sell scarves with Indian motifs, I think it’s alright if some young female celebrities wear bindis at Coachella. 

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