The Unibrowed Model, Sophia Hadjipanteli Has Spoken Out On Body Positivity

Eyebrows have been the center of all sorts of beauty trends throughout the years. From thin brows to bushy brows to very thin brows, then feather brows to colorful ones, we are never short of ideas about what we should be doing with our furry features.

One thing, however, the beauty magazines never instruct us to do is to let our eyebrows meet. As if they were condemned to stay far apart from each other for the rest of their lives, not having the chance to meet. Or, until the next trend comes by. Because only then you can flaunt something without being ‘judged’. Only when the majority ‘agrees’ on something, that’s when you are free to try something new. Or NOT?

Fortunately, there are many people who don’t agree with the conventional beauty standards, the fact that our preferences have to be alike, and that we all should fit in one same box.

The 22-year-old Greek Cypriot student and model, Sophia Hadjipanteli is making headlines with her unique facial feature, bushy unibrow, which she has named ‘Veronika’. She was born in Cyprus but has since moved to the United States, and her monobrow is a tribute to her heritage. Because of her unique feature, she has received a torrent of abuse online, including death threats.

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Speaking to Dazed Digital, she spoke on how important is to show that preferences and differences are not polarising, “but rather unifying and ultimately meant to inspire.” She added: To be honest, I’m just out here like everyone else manifesting my own lane and riding my own wave.”

Sophia also revealed that she is starting a movement on social media – #UnibrowMovement. Through this movement, she wants to help people feel more comfortable with their hair on her face. She’s super comfortable with her looks, so she wants to tell the world there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable on your own skin and hair.

 

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Talking about preferences and differences, she continued:

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.

Moving on to the online abuse she receives, Sophia told New York Magazine that she doesn’t really understand how people can be disgusted about hair on her face and put so much hate and negativity on someone they will never probably see in their life

She continued:

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.

 

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Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, the gorgeous model also explained that her aim is not in forcing people to like her looks. Rather, she believes that we should all feel free and comfortable to wear our facial hair in any fashion we like.

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.

For more, she personally thinks her face looks better this way, and she is totally cool with someone not liking her brow. “I am not trying to get anyone on the unibrow bandwagon. If I like this, just let me like this,” she concluded.

I hope Sophia has inspired each of you to be your own trendsetter, without judging others’ differences.