Kim Kardashian accused of 'cultural appropriation' for wearing earrings with Hindu symbol in fashion shoot

KIM Kardashian has been accused of "cultural appropriation" after wearing earrings with a Hindu symbol in a recent shoot.

The KUWTK star, 40, sparked backlash after sporting hoop earrings featuring Om, the central sacred symbol of Hinduism.

Kim wore the earrings with a revealing crop top and leather pants while lounging on a pink bed in a shoot from last month.

Critics accused her of "disrespecting" Hinduism by wearing Om as an "accessory".

One wrote: "Is now a good time to mention that the Om is a sacred symbol to Hindus and not just an accessory?"

Another added: "She is not wearing the Om symbol to mention the significance or spirituality behind it. It's just an accessory for her."

"If you want to appreciate a religion or culture, do that. But wearing a symbol cause omg its so cool, that's just disrespectful."

A third raged: "Om is a sacred symbol for Hindus. Pls don't do such things. It is not your aesthetic."

Others flocked to Kim's defense, however, insisting they weren't offended by her choice of earring.

"I'm Hindu and I don't have any problems with her wearing an Om… And I know tons of Hindus don't have an issue with it either," one follower wrote.

"I'm a Hindu and i support Kim on wearin OM.. nothing wrong," another agreed.

This isn't the first time Kim has been accused of cultural appropriation.

Back in April 2020, she sparked controversy after wearing a maang tikka – which is a decorative headpiece Indian women traditionally wear at their wedding.

The mother-of-four wore a grey crop top and maxiskirt with a gold maang tikka and stacks of gold bangles.

Critics at the time accused her of "stealing from South Asian cultures" to "fit her aesthetic".

In March 2020, Kim was slammed for wearing her hair in braids while attending her now ex Kanye West's fashion show in Paris.

One person said: "I wish I was as determined to do anything as Kim Kardashian is to appropriate black hairstyles"

A third remarked: "Seeing non-black women wearing historically black hairstyles like its some fun trend is appropriation. And what’s worse is when they change the name to make it their own. Remember when Kim Kardashian called African banku knots “space buns.”

Back in 2019, Kim was accused of cultural appropriation once again when she named her shapewear brand Kimono.

People of Japanese heritage were angered by the name and felt she was "disrespecting" their national dress.

Japanese-American woman Yuka Ohishi, told the BBC: "We wear kimonos to celebrate health, growth of children, engagements, marriages, graduations, at funerals. It's celebratory wear and passed on in families through the generations.

"This shapewear doesn't even resemble a kimono – she just chose a word that has Kim in it – there's no respect to what the garment actually means in our culture."

Kim renamed the label SKIMS after facing global backlash.

It's not just Kim who has come under fire from different cultures, as her younger sister Kendall Jenner was recently slammed for her tequila advert.

The 25-year-old was criticized for "pretending to be a Mexican farm worker" while promoting her new tequila brand 818.

She was seen walking through fields and holding a glass of her tequila while smiling and posing with a horse with workers around her.

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