Model Who Went Viral With Incredibly Thick Eyebrows Speak Out About Body Positivity

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, World
Published 22.04.19
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We’re all body conscious.

Every morning I spend an insane amount of time trying to do my hair and every time it looks sh*t. Then the one day I’m sitting around the house you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll look gorgeous.

I don’t even know why I try, nobody at work cares. Nobody even looks at me.

Now, as I write this, I sit opposite fellow Hook writer Alfie Powell, a strange young boy with a bushy brow. He’s not strange because of the bushy brow, it’s important to add, rather, his personality is weird. You’d understand if you met him.

Nevertheless, he maintains that when it comes to the ladies those hairy slugs of his are a popular feature.

Come to think of it, the world has gone eyebrow mad over the past few years.

Just ask Greek-Cypriot model Sophia Hadjipanteli, who’s amassed close to 300,000 followers on Instagram after going viral for her incredibly thick brows.

I mean just look at those bad boys.

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Wow. Impressive right?

She’s revealed that she lets her eyebrows grow naturally as a tribute to her heritage, despite facing a load of abuse, and has now fully accepted her unique feature in a bid to promote body positivity.

“It’s important to show that preferences and differences are not polarising, but rather unifying and ultimately meant to inspire. To be honest, I’m just out here like everyone else manifesting my own lane and riding my own wave.” she explained to Dazed Digital.

“I choose to wear my eyebrows this way for the same reasons I styled myself in school – because the only preference that matters is my own.

“If my childhood taught me anything, it is that I love being different.”

Speaking about the torment she’s suffered, she told New York Magazine:When people say it’s disgusting, it’s like what is disgusting about hair on your face, or anywhere?”

“You are probably across the world right now, you will never probably see me in your life.

“I think a lot of Middle Eastern people, anyone really, could relate to being hairy and always being told to take it off. I really wanted to push people to look at me and to look at a unibrow that they’ve been conditioned to think was kind of weird or maybe something you should get rid of, for them to still say that I was beautiful.

Furthermore, she explained to Harper’s Bazaar that her unibrow – which she has affectionately named ‘Veronika’ – isn’t actually there for a show of acceptance, rather, that it’s her choice to appear however the heck she wants.

I am not really doing this to show people that they have to like [my unibrow], I am more so doing it to show people that they can get on with their lives by having a preference. I personally think my face looks better this way. Others disagree, and that’s totally cool. I am not trying to get anyone on the unibrow bandwagon. If I like this, just let me like this.

She continued: “It upsets me that [referring to eyebrow presentation] it’s  frowned upon in one way and glorified in another.

“We are both trying to achieve the same standard of beauty, but in a different ways.”

Fair play to her – she’s fully embraced who she is which is more than can be said for me.

I should probably take a leaf out of her book, throw caution to the wind and be my true self.

F*ck it, I’m not doing my hair on Monday morning.

Images via Instagram/@sophiahadjipanteli