Khloe Kardashian Causes Controversy with Niqab Selfie

by Jackie Willis 12:02 PM PDT, May 27, 2015
Playing Khloe Kardashian Causes Controversy with Niqab Selfie

Khloe Kardashian's recent style statement didn't go over so well.

On Tuesday, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared a selfie from her time in Dubai where she's seen wearing a niqab, a cloth that covers a woman's face as part of the traditional Muslim culture.

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Khloe captioned the pic: "Habibi Love."

Habibi Love

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

In Arab countries, many women cover up in head-to-toe loose garments as part of the region's religious and cultural customs. While visitors are not required to take part in this tradition in Dubai, the 30-year-old reality star did participate and in turn caused a bit of an uproar on Instagram.

"Women getting killed and beaten up for wearing the niqab, but you keep pretending it's a fashion accessory, the disrespect," one comment read.

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"I have never been more offended in my whole entire life," another commenter reacted. "My sister wears the niqab and she gets vilified daily. you can wear it and it gets sexualized and praised. I am deeply offended and was a fan of yours, I am disgusted."

Khloe was also accused of getting her caption wrong. Some speculate that when she wrote "habibi" -- an Arabic word meaning "my baby" or "my darling" -- she actually meant to write "hijabi," meaning a woman or girl who wears the Islamic head-covering.

Still some of Khloe's 22.9 million Instagram followers liked the pic.

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"Not offensive. Rock on Khloe," a commenter said, defending the selfie.

"This makes me happy to see," another follower added.

What do you think of Khloe's fashion statement? Is it offensive?