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Kim Kardashian accused of cultural appropriation; slammed for sporting maang tika to church

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Los Angeles: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has courted criticism for wearing a traditional Indian maang tika, a jewelery piece worn on the head, for a church service.

The 38-year-old mother-of-three shared her social outfit with the caption 'Sunday Service Vibe', but some Instagram users were unimpressed with her mishmash of cultural items, reported dailymail.co.uk.

Kim, who boasts 133 million followers on Instagram, accessorised her flowing white dress with gold Indian-inspired jewelery, including the headpiece typically worn at times of celebration.

The photo made a stir when it was shared online.

One user said that "culture is not a costume" and that it was wrong for Kim to adorn it. "This is not a Sunday Service Vibe, it's an Indian vibe," another complained.

One user explained the cultural significance of the headpiece and wrote in depth about how Kim had appropriated her culture.

"For those of you who don't know, the maik tika is a ceremonial head traditionally worn by the bride. Wearing white in India is traditionally reserved for funerals," another explained.

"On top of that she's having a Christian service. wrote another user.

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