Kim Kardashian posted images of herself lounging on a bed while sporting the oversize silver hoops, heavy makeup and a sheer red outfit on Twitter last week — sparking criticism that she’d reduced the spiritual symbol to a fashion accessory.
“MY RELIGION IS NOT YOUR AESTHETIC WTF,” one observer bashed in the comment section. Another fumed, “STOP CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OF INDIAN CULTURE!!!”
In the Hindu religion, the om symbol represents “ultimate reality” and is worn to express devotion to the religion. The word itself is often chanted before Hindu, Buddhist and Jain ceremonies.
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said it was “deeply trivializing” for the star — who identifies as Christian — to commercialize it. The reality TV queen was “baptized” in a traditional Orthodox Christian ceremony in 2019, according to the UK Sun.