Model with striking unibrow claps back at negative reactions to her look
During a family trip, Sophia Hadjipanteli stopped plucking her eyebrows, and her grandmother said she looked pretty. When she looked in the mirror, she realized she had a unibrow. Being a bit of a rebel, she decided to keep it. Since then, her life has never been the same.
On Instagram, Sophia shared photos of herself rocking the striking black brow. The images went viral, gaining her over 180,000 Instagram followers. The 21-year-old beauty also got offers for modeling work, and one gig took her to London. While in town, she appeared as a guest on the ITV talk show Good Morning Britain. She told the presenters she loves how people react to the unibrow, even though it's not always positive:
"I think for me it’s about being able to walk outside on a busy street in London with something that I know people will have negative, shocking, positive, cringeworthy, uncomfortable reactions to, and still be able to be strong with who I am, and just walk down the street. At the end of the day I left my house loving the way I looked and try to be true to who I am."
Sophia says her bushy brow is the result of her Greek Cypriot ancestry. Originally, she grew up in Cypress. Then her family emigrated to the United States, moving to Maryland. Recently she graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in marketing. Considering her Internet fame, she clearly knows how to market herself.
Of course, some people have accused her of growing the unibrow just to get attention. However, Sophia says she's just expressing her unique personality:
"Ever since I was little I’ve always been quite different, just either my style or the way I acted. I was always on my own in terms of school and growing up. I was very quirky and with all of that I just wanted to push some sort of boundary. I did this before anyone really knew who I was really and it was nothing to do with getting attention or anything like that."
Most people praise Sophia for having the confidence to rock such a polarizing look. But she still has to deal with online trolls, who call her "disgusting" and "ugly." They tell her to shave off the unibrow, but she refuses to cave in to the pressure. Rather, she applies castor oil to her follicles so they grow even thicker. Also, she captions all of her pictures "#Unibrow Movement" to promote body positivity.
"This unibrow movement is really not about just letting everything go," explains Sophia, "if you want to, that is totally what you can do. For me it’s about doing what really makes you happy." For some people, that's plucking your eyebrows. For others, that's growing a thick Frida Kahlo streak.
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