• Sun, Apr 13 - 11:00 am ET

Celebrities Are Wearing A Lot Of Dumb Things At Coachella, And Bindis Are Definitely The Worst


Coachella is finally upon us! The two-weekend hippie cosplay party music festival is well underway, despite an initial setback yesterday that saw Instagram actually shut down during the event. It was, of course, an unmitigated disaster. If you can’t post your selfies and be photographed for Instagram by Life & Style, why even go to Coachella? Luckily it was up and running again by evening, so none of the rich people had to eat each other, and we were able to check out what everyone was wearing:

Vanessa Hudgens is the queen of Coachella. Her mom worked on this costume for six months. McDonald’s is paying her $15,000 to stand around like this.

Hudgens is the living and breathing incarnation Coachella, and such she’s the best indicator of a year’s big Coachella trends. Last year was full to bursting with flower crowns, crocheted tops, and heart-shaped sunglasses. This year, everyone is wearing bindis. No Fashion Woodstock costume is complete without a little cultural appropriation.

Emmy Rossum and Sarah Hyland both wore the ubiquitous Coachella crowns from 2013, but Hyland wore hers with the bindi. Don’t be too surprised, though. Every petite brunette actress you have ever confused Sarah Hyland with is also wearing a bindi at Coachella right now.

To clarify, the bindi is not just a pretty piece of sexy “exotic” jewelry. According to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed:

“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 … It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.”

And few things say “mercantile greed” like Coachella.

Selena Gomez did it too, which meant she got to be the meat in a Jenner Sister sandwich. This Instagram selfie is a sign that Gomez might be going for Hudgens’ Coachella crown, because next to a bindi, a set of good-looking, slightly less famous friends to stand between is the best accessory a Coachella celebrity can have.

alessandra-ambrosio-coachellaAlessandra Ambrosio bought her two friends at the Coachella accessories shop.

jared-leto-coachellaIs Jared Leto wearing Adam Levine‘s Kmart line?

Paris Hilton brought a trash bag full of flower crowns, and she is not going to share them with any of her friends. (She seems to have at least two flower crowns for every festival day, but did not get the memo about bindis. $100 says she finds herself a bindi by Day 3 of Coachella.)


Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are going to a sexy funeral. Since the picture with Selena Gomez, Kendall has been hooked up with a bindi set of her own. At Coachella, that’s basically the same thing as being knighted.

(Photos: WENN, Instagram)

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  • ChristopherLWeaver

    Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are going to a sexy funeral. Since the picture with Selena Gomez, Kendall has been hooked up with a bindi set of her own. At Coachella, that’s basically the same thing as being knighted. http://fur.ly/a9dd

  • Guest

    Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are going to a sexy funeral. Since the picture with Selena Gomez, Kendall has been hooked up with a bindi set of her own. At Coachella, that’s basically the same thing as being knighted http://qr.net/uakp

  • Dee

    Quick question-why is Gwen Stefani wearing native American clothing in her video labeled offensive but wearing bindis is not?

    Wondering why one is ok & the other not.

    • Jade-Yue-Ryu

      For her at the time in the early 2000′s? She was engaged to an Indian man at the time and wore them in deference to his family and their beliefs. Also as two Indian people in the comments have pointed out the faction of their culture that is offended by this is not super high percentage wise (thus the arguing). On the other hand the majority of Native American nations have long been recorded as saying that they find the wearing of headdresses to be offensive and inappropriate. I guess one of the big questions is what exactly constitutes appropriation and who gets to call it. Honestly I’d like to hear what some people define cultural appropriation as to the deeper extent mentioned above as I myself am trying to become more informed.

    • Nina

      Wearing a bindi is cultural appropriation. Wearing a Native American headdress is culture appropriation. Basically, ripping off pieces of another’s culture is cultural appropriation and it’s not okay.

  • Yashna

    Most Hindus don’t give a shit, stop being offended on my behalf, the bindi is a decorative item similar to jewelry.

    • shwingh

      No one is offended on your behalf. People have a right to be offended; just because ~most Hindus~ don’t care doesn’t mean there aren’t any that do care. And just so we get it out there: the reason most minority groups don’t care when their culture is being appropriated is because: (A) people like you, who tell them to shut up and stop being offended, causing them to stay silent and (B) they don’t understand what cultural appropriation is and why it’s problematic. It’s not okay for white women to wear bindis and be lauded as fashionable and “”"culturally aware”"”, when Indian women face ridicule for wearing it, despite it being their inherent right to wear it. It’s not okay for white women to wear bindis and not face persecution for doing so, when white people create groups called “Dot Busters” and commit acts of violence against Indians. Educate yourself.

    • Yashna

      I don’t see anyone being lauded as “culturally aware”, where did you pull that from?

      “It’s not okay for white women to wear bindis and not face persecution for doing so”, Yeah, because I am pretty sure that the people who persecute hindus for wearing bindis are the exact same ones who wear them, right? Your logic is akin to saying that because some women are raped, women should refrain from having consensual sex. It accomplishes nothing and solves nothing.

      You do not have the right to tell people what to wear or not wear, do you possess a copyright on bindis? What gives you this right? I wear bindis and I don’t care if people who aren’t hindus wear it. And I assure you, none of the hindus I know, give a shit.

      I find the concept of cultural appropriation offensive, it portrays non-white cultures as so weak that a white woman wearing a bindi can cause damage. There are 1.1 billion hindus in this world, we are not a minority, in fact there are more hindus that white people on this planet. I think we can survive some vapid celebrities wearing bindis, don’t you?

  • Shivani

    Agree with Yashna, I’m an Indian and I’m more offended by the fact that you chose to take offence on behalf of an entire country when really, none of us are that thin-skinned or give a shit. Quite a few of us do wear it for “seductive effects”.

  • Gareth Raymour Harding

    i hate all these people like selena, paris etc who go there to be seen and know nothing about the music

    • pfttt

      How do you know they know nothing about music? Do you even know who Selena Gomez is?

    • Gareth Raymour Harding

      yes a crappy actress from disney, no idea why harmony korine had her in springbreakers

  • Nina

    Ohmygod. Just because “a select few” Hindus dont care if their fave celebrities wear a bindi, doesn’t mean they can generalize their opinion across the entire Hindu population. I am Hindu and I am infuriated when I see white girls wearing bindis everywhere as if it’s just a silly sticker. They don’t understand the spiritual, cultural significance behind it at all. They dont understand that when a Hindu woman decides to wear a bindi in public she’s stared at, ridiculed, shamed but yet when a white woman decides to do it, suddenly everyone’s hopping on it and labelling it as “fashion.” Stealing pieces of culture isn’t cute, or pretty or fashionable. So STOP saying that “most hindus dont give a shit” you CANNOT speak on the behalf of every Hindu. But most importantly, this bindi as a fashion trend needs to stop.

    • Yashna

      The bindi is a fashion trend. Every single hindu woman I know wears it as decoration. Yes, I can’t speak on the behalf of most hindus, but neither can you. Nor do you have the right to tell people what to wear. You don’t possess a copyright on the bindi. And what exactly do you think preventing white people from wearing bindis will achieve? Will it decrease the racism some hindus face? Will it make India a better country?

  • pancake sally

    nobody complains when people wear crosses around their neck, its the same bloody thing for crying out loud

    • Tina

      lmfao no it’s not 99% of ppl wearing crosses on their necks or as a fashion symbol are Christians so does it matter? When have you seen muslims, and hindus, and buddhists and such wearing crosses? Also even if they did most major religions do believe in jesus christ so it’s not a cultural appropriation as jesus was NOT a culture he was/is a religious figure. stop being so damn stupid

  • Sarah

    “Is Jared Leto wearing Adam Levine‘s Kmart line?”


  • Summer

    You all should really stop generalizing “white women”, we all don’t contribute to the matter. However, if you want to educate someone on cultural appropriation, maybe just maybe you shouldn’t degrad orher races in the matter or generalize only “white”. I totally agree though, being a white woman myself, we shouldn’t wear them as a fashion trade.

  • Summer

    I obviously can’t spell. I mean to type “trend”, not trade, woops. Also, ‘orher’ is suppose to be other. Got a bit ahead of myself.

  • kscars toronto

    Celebrity with Bindis on Forehead look so very Pretty. I bet this is a new Trend now and many Girls, women are wearing Fancy Bindis. I have seen such pretty Bindis on Bindishop http://www.onlybindis.com Just Pretty Bindis. Love them