July 28, 2013


Selena Gomez Talks Love of Indian Culture Despite Criticism

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Disney wunderkind turned popstar, Selena Gomez, really loves her some Indian culture. And despite facing criticism by Hindu groups for sporting cultural looks (both on and off stage), she's not looking to stop rocking the bindi anytime soon.

Gomez first caught flack for wearing a bindi on her forehead in her sexy, Bollywood-inspired performance of "Come & Get" at the MTV Movie Awards in April.

The performance prompted the leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, to issue a statement.

"The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance…. It's not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed," he said. 

"Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions."

But she didn't apologize; instead she decided to bindi it up the very next day on Ellen

Selena recently told Us Weekly that she finds Hindu culture inspiring and enjoyed learning about her "seven chakras."

"My hairstylist and my makeup artist are actually really big into the whole culture—they've been around, they've traveled, they've gotten me into various books," Gomez said.

"I've been traveling, too. It's been really fun to explore that because it's a very different view and it's such a beautiful culture."

In fact, Bieber's ex is so into exploring other cultures, she celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday with a gypsy-themed bash.

"I love that vibe, I love that feel," she said. 

"All my girls are going to have really cute little fun skirts and really cute little tops and rings."