Farrah Abraham kept her name in the lights at the MTV Movie and TV Awards with a Bollywood-inspired dress that she swears isn’t cultural appropriation.
The 25-year-old “Teen Mom” reality star walked the red carpet in a three-piece pink and gold sari with a bindi and headpiece Sunday night.
But Abraham said she wasn’t worried about any possible backlash because she “wanted to bring culture to the red carpet.”
“I think this will inspire others to embrace new cultures and have good experiences,” she told TooFab.
Selena Gomez was the subject of similar backlash after also wearing a bindi to the MTV Movie Awards in 2013.
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol,” Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement at the time.
“It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions.”