We all have a perception of beauty and often, it is shaped by what we see in the world around us. In order to challenge the perception of many, a Greek-Cypriot model is coming forward with pictures that show a unique feature she has naturally, a bushy unibrow.
Sophia Hadjipanteli lives in the United States but she was born in Cyprus. In order to pay tribute to her heritage, she lets her eyebrows grow naturally. Many people have given their negative opinion online but still, she has managed to gather almost 300,000 Instagram followers.
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“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 said.
The 22-year-old model is also starting her own social movement, #UnibrowMovement. She wants people to be comfortable with their facial hair as she has done since allowing her eyebrows to grow naturally.
“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,” Sophia explains. “If my childhood taught me anything, it is that I love being different.”
She also discusses the abuse she receives from her candid pictures online. “When people say it’s disgusting, it’s like what is disgusting about hair on your face, or anywhere?” she said. “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.”
Sophia talks about how her unibrow, which she named ‘Veronika’ is there by choice. She isn’t doing it for attention or acceptance. Sophia just wants us to be happy with the facial hair we have.
“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.”
“It upsets me that [referring to eyebrow presentation] it’s frowned upon in one way and glorified in another,” she continued. “We are both trying to achieve the same standard of beauty, but in a different way.”