A 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.
Gwen Stefani introduced them in the '90s as a fashion statement, and now bindis are becoming hip again among celebrities and festival [Coachella] goers. There is a big trend toward spiritualism happening presently due to global influences and fear of an apocalyptic future. Coupled with the trend in Millennials looking longingly back to the '90s for retro inspiration, it is no wonder we are seeing bindis, elements of witchcraft, and crosses as style motifs. Being adorned with these symbols does not necessarily reflect a person's spiritual affiliation. The problem is when these symbols are worn to make a style statement alone, they often offend those who revere these symbols as part of their religious beliefs. This just recently took place last weekend at the MTV Movie Awards on April 14. A Bollywood-inspired Selena Gomez wore a bindi while performing "Come & Get It" and now has a Hindu group demanding an apology from the star. What do you think? Do you think it's inappropriate to wear religious symbols as fashion statements? Just curious.
More bindi sightings: Vanessa Hudgens was one of many who rocked the jewels while attending the Coachella music festival last weekend.
Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella
Coachella attendees wearing bindis
Forehead gems from Urban Outfitters