Beauty has always been subjective. What one person finds attractive, another is turned off by. Luckily, we are all very different in our own way, so our unique identity is guaranteed to be appreciated by someone.
However, model Sophia Hadjipanteli isn’t remotely bothered by what people think of her appearance. The Cypriot model, who sports a full, dark unibrow, is fully embracing her quirky appearance and people are going wild for her nonplussed attitude to beauty… Sophia proudly promotes the #UnibrowMovement via her Instagram account, encouraging her 80,000 followers to embrace body positivity in whatever form. “The #UnibrowMovement isn’t really specific to just eyebrows,” Sophia told ELLE. “It is about accepting that one thing that others are tell you, or make you feel like, you shouldn’t accept.” Eyebrows have recently experienced a revolution, which can mainly be attributed to model Cara Delevingne, who made bushy brows chic, and Kim Kardashian who made HD brows mainstream. However, one brow trend that hasn’t caught on is the unibrow. Although, Sophia is working tirelessly to make the monobrow happen. The young model’s unique look was the result of a happy mistake. Bored of continuously filling in her brows, Sophia decided to tint them to save herself the effort. But, unintentionally, she turned them black. “My brother ran into the bathroom and first started laughing, then kept telling me it actually looked pretty cool,” Sophia recalls. Rather than be mortified by her mistake, Sophia embraced it and has tinted her naturally blond brows black ever since. But, her unique look has attracted a lot of unwanted attention from trolls online… Her unconventional look has garnered a lot of attention online, from those that both love and hate the look. But, Sophia doesn’t care about the haters. “I personally think my face looks better this way,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “Others disagree, and that’s totally cool. I am not trying to get anyone on the unibrow bandwagon.” “I want to be able to teach people that just because others say it’s ugly or it is unattractive, doesn’t mean they’re right. I like the way I look and I’m not going to let someone sitting behind a computer pressure me into changing,” says Sophia. When explaining if she would keep the unruly brows forever, Sophia explained:
“I look at [my unibrow] like it’s winged eyeliner or red lipstick. In five years I might look back and think, ‘that was a cool phase!’ But until people start to accept others for this specific feature on their face, I won’t feel ready to move on from it.”
Sophia is a huge advocate for body positivity and uses her platform to promote self love. Explaining her focus, Sophia told ELLE:
“I think the most powerful thing a young person can do today is make sure every single thing that is represented on their body is approved by them. Don’t dye your hair because others prefer you that way, don’t wear mascara because society thinks that your eyelashes aren’t long enough, don’t wear fake tan because people aren’t ready for your beautiful pale skin. Do all of these things because YOU want to.”
Sophia is confidently on a one woman mission to change the way we think about our bodies and style, and she is doing a stunning job so far! We are certainly fans of her unconventional look and wait excitedly to see if the monobrow becomes the must have winter fashion accessory – who needs a scarf and wooly hat?! If you prefer to play it safe with your eyebrows, then why not learn some simple tips on how to effortlessly sculpt them and get the most out of the fuzz on your face!
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