Kim Kardashian's Nose Ring Culture Appropriation?
Style-wise, Kim Kardashian and North West were the kings of this year's Paris Haute Couture Week.
The Jean Paul Gaultier show featured the mother-daughter pair's most popular look, with matching necklaces and coordinated pinstripe outfits.
The SKIMS founder's nosering looks very similar to a popular Indian accessory.
The cultural significance of the nose rings, particularly the Nath (which includes the chain), is significant as they are linked to fertility and marriage symbols.
Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text, attributes many health benefits to nose piercings.
Many Indian families also adopted the practice as a religious tradition to honor Parvati, the goddess of marriage.
It is unlikely and unwise that Kardashian's nosering has any significance. This may encourage cultural appropriation.
Our society has required that immigrants and people of color adopt the same Anglo-Saxon style of dressing for many years.
This has led to an exclusion of other cultures' clothing.
Desi women will go to great lengths in order to recover a culture that has been ridiculed and distorted.