Pictures of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, wearing earrings that appear to have the 'Om' symbol on them, are attracting attention online. The symbol is sacred in Indian religions, including Hinduism.
Kim posted the pictures earlier this week, as a part of a spread for her KKW Beauty line. She wrote in her caption, "I did a photoshoot with Sita using all KKW Beauty products! Photo, styling and creatives all done by @sitabellan!" The stylist, Sita Abellan, shared the same pictures and wrote, "kim photographed and styled by me ❤️ so much fun."
While Kim's fans appreciated the pictures, others were more critical of her. "Sooooo beautiful!!!" her mother Kris Jenner wrote in a comment. One person, in response to her tweet sharing the pictures, replied to Kim, "Is now a good time to mention that the Om is a sacred symbol to Hindus and not just an accessory?"
Another person commented, "Where's kangana when we need her," making a reference to actor Kangana Ranaut, who was recently banned from the platform. A third person wrote, "STOP CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OF INDIAN CULTURE!!! WHAT'S UP WITH THOSE EARINGS GIRLLLL???"
This isn't the first time that Kim has been criticised for cultural appropriation. Last year, she was criticised for wearing a 'maang tika' in a photoshoot.
Kim filed for divorce from husband Kanye West earlier this year, after six-and-a-half years of marriage, the Associated Press reported. They came to an agreement that they should have joint custody of their four children and neither of them need spousal support. The celebrity couple, who made their relationship public in April 2012, has four children, North West, Saint West, Chicago West and Psalm West.