Rihanna's Henchwoman From The BBHMM Video Is Speaking Out On Something Important

10 July 2015, 10:36 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

You better preach, girl!

Remember the totally rad henchwoman that Rihanna discovered on Instagram? Aside from having a fantastic look, vibe, and nail artist on call (probably), Sanam is proudly Desi

She has shared images of herself on Instagram in traditional garb with henna on her hands and a bindi on her forehead as well. 

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In an interview with Refinery 29, Sanam spoke out about the appropriation of her culture and we're so happy someone finally said it. 

You don't get to [wear a bindi or henna] until you realise what a big deal it is to wear that proudly. It's not a fashion statement-it has cultural significance; it has religious significance. It's not funny to just put on a bindi and go to Coachella.


Do you hear that guys? Someone else's culture is not a costume. Repeat after me: Someone else's culture is not a costume. 

Thanks for the wisdom, Sanam!