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Reclaim the Bindi Calls Out Coachella Appropriators

“My culture is not your fashion trend.”

With Katy Perry, Vanessa Hudgens, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea and countless other Hollywood starlets donning bindis and henna as boho hippy fashion statements—most notably at American music festivals—the masses have picked up on the trend. This year, as Coachella kicks off the summer music festival season, South Asian women are using the internet to condemn the throwaway appropriation of their culture.

Reclaim the Bindi is a bold new movement that calls for an immediate stop to the use of cultural, religious and spiritual clothing, accessories, and decorations by people who do not belong to the groups for whom these items are sacred, special, and meaningful.

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Meet BomBaebs, The Female Indian Duo Rapping Against Rape

Pankhuri Awasthi and Uppekha Jain grab the mic to call for women’s rights in India

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Following a number of high-profile incidents of sexual violence against women in India (as well as any number of equally troubling incidents that have gone un-or-under-noticed) two women have grabbed the mic in order to stand up on behalf of their Indian sisters, and against the misogyny they see permeating the culture in which they live. Calling themselves “BomBaebs,” Pankhuri Awasthi and Uppekha Jain, both from Mumbai, spit rhymes that change flow, and even language, as they take to task politicians, cat-callers, and what they tag as the hypocrisy of India’s problematic responses to sexual violence with lyrics like:

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Spencer Tunick's Latest: 5,000 Nude Bodies at the Sydney Opera House

As you can see from this photo, some 5,000 naked people gathered outside of the Opera House in Sydney, Australia for Spencer Tunick's latest...

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