Gwen Stefani’s love of wearing bindis in the 1990s was inspired by her bandmate’s mother.
The Hollaback Girl singer was famous for her quirky ensembles throughout the decade and often topped off her looks with a bindi, or a bright dot in the centre of the forehead worn by people across the Indian subcontinent, when attending red carpet events.
Reflecting on the time she wore a bindi to an MTV awards show, Gwen noted she was influenced by the ensembles worn by her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal’s mum.
“I was so unbelievably fascinated by Indian culture at the time, because Tony Kanal, who was my boyfriend at the time, he’s the bass player of No Doubt, is Indian,” she commented. “And I, growing up in Anaheim (in California), had never spent any time with anyone from India… his mom would come down the stairs to go to these Indian parties all dolled-up with the bindi, jewellery, and these beautiful fabric dresses with patterns and gold.
“I would just be like, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ So, she gave me a lot of bindis and I was like, ‘Hey, what’s up? Boop (on my forehead).'”
Gwen went on to remember how one of her go-to outfits in the mid-1990s was a pair of satin leopard print trousers along with a plain white tank top.
“I pretty much only wore tank tops my whole life. I don’t know why? I just thought they looked cool. I had to be a little bit tomboy and a little bit glamorous. And that was just kinda like the vibe for myself,” the 50-year-old smiled.
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