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Cardi B apologises for posing as ‘Maa Durga’

Cardi B apologises after posing as ‘Maa Durga’ in new Reebok shoe collaboration.
The said photo which apparently and according to the caption of the post was meant to be a homage to Goddess Durga, shows Cardi B posing as a warrior woman with eight hands while holding a bright red pair of sneakers.

Cardi B apologises after posing as ‘Maa Durga’ in new Reebok shoe collaboration.

Rapper Cardi B controversies go hand-in-hand. But little did know that her promotional campaign for her debut sneaker collection with Reebok would backfire and how.

Cardi B apologises

It all started when the Cardi B posed as Hindu Goddess ‘Maa Durga’ in a leading shoe magazine’s cover photo that she had shot in a bid to promote her new shoe collection. The picture which was shared on the publication’s Instagram handle soon went viral and raged Indians and other social media users, who called out the magazine and Cardi B for ‘cultural appropriation’.

The said photo which apparently and according to the caption of the post was meant to be a homage to Goddess Durga, shows Cardi B posing as a warrior woman with eight hands while holding a bright red pair of sneakers.

“In a @GeorgesHobeika dress, she pays homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, whose symbols of protection and inner strength resonate as much in modern times as they have through the centuries. Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time.,” read a part of the caption.

Cardi B apologises

“People are saying Cardi B is paying homage to our Hindu goddess Durga. So as a Hindu I want to say that: 1-Wearing a shoe in a temple is prohibited 2-Durga maa is not to be used as an aesthetic 3-Durga maa is NEVER depicted bare-bodied 4-THIS. IS. NOT. HOMAGE. IT’S. DISRESPECT,” wrote a Twitter user.

“This is mocking other people’s religion. Shame on you” wrote a user on Instagram.

Cardi B apologises
Image Credit: Instagram (@iamcardib)

Meanwhile, to support the launch of her new collaboration with Reebok, Cardi B will be headlining an all-new campaign with Reebok titled “B Unexplainable”, celebrating her personal growth, passion for design, and equality. Through “B Unexplainable”, Cardi B and Reebok aim to explore society’s expectations of women: how they are told to be perfect but humble, strong but caring.

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