this post is in honor of all the girls who feel the need to shun their culture and heritage because it’s not white, and yet have to endure all the “how do you get so tan” questions from white people. this post is for all those girls who grew up - either in america or india - being told that to be white is to be beautiful. this post is in honor of my culture, my background, my heritage, my spirituality, my religion, of which i am fiercely proud. #reclaimthebindi 

top: me at one of my vocal performances

middle: me at my high school graduation, where I wore a bindi and a churidar dress under my robes

bottom: my senior pictures in high school