While unibrows are a fairly common phenomenon in some parts of the world, many people who are blessed with ample, bushy brows are pressured or conditioned to get rid of them.
Model Sophia Hadjipanteli is trying to change that. Using the hashtag #UnibrowMovement, she’s encouraging people who have unibrows—or whatever society tells them are “flaws”—to wear them with pride.
I wear makeup because it is fun. I have a unibrow because it is a preference. I wear makeup and have a unibrow because it is what I like. Don't put me in a bubble. Just because I embrace one natural part of me doesn't mean I'm a hypocrite for wanting to enhance other parts of who I am. I thought I would just put this out there just as a blanket statement. I'm who I am because I want to be this way. When you judge others for wearing makeup, dying their hair, altering parts of their body or inner self, JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T, makes you just as toxic as a lot of societal norms and pressures we are constantly faced with. AT THE END OF THE DAY just do you cuz imma be doing me whether you like it or not.
As she describes in one of her Instagram posts, the #UnibrowMovement is “about normalizing something that society pressures us to hide or fix.”
“I don't want my children to grow up in a world that they are afraid to stray from the norm,” she wrote to her nearly 70,000 followers in another post. “I want to show people that you can call me ugly, gross, and "pretty but..." and I won't stop liking the way I look.”
The model, a first generation Cypriot-American, isn’t the first famous face to rock a unibrow. Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, actor Josh Hartnett, and artist Frida Kahlo have all rocked one at some point in their lives. Sophia even paid tribute to the latter in a photoshoot:
Hadjipanteli is unique in an industry that already places fairly strict restrictions on appearance, whether it’s body size, skin color, or hairstyle. Fortunately, she doesn’t seem to have any plans to change her look to suit other people’s standards of beauty.
“My eyebrow(s) aren't for everyone, but they are definitely for me.”
Kareem Yasin is a writer and editor at Healthline. Outside of health and wellness, he is active in conversations about inclusivity in mainstream media, his homeland of Cyprus, and the Spice Girls. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram.