When Sophia Hadjipanteli unwittingly coloured her naturally blonde eyebrows black, she didn’t try to rectify it. Instead, she left her accentuated unibrow for the world to see.
What started as an eyebrow tinting mishap for the 22-year-old Greek Cypriot American would become the start of a bushy brow revolution and spark a global conversation about conventional beauty standards.
Born and raised in Cyprus, Hadjipanteli, who emigrated to the US and now studies marketing at the University of Maryland, credits her Cyprian genes for her impressively thick brows, as well as her parents for instilling a fierce sense of cultural pride.
“If you’re in a family where your brother and dad also have really nice eyebrows, you’re never really self-conscious of having thick eyebrows,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
And despite receiving constant online abuse from trolls who brand her “disgusting” and “ugly”, Hadjipanteli is pressing ahead with her body-positive movement. In fact, every post on her Instagram is labelled with the hashtag #UnibrowMovement to encourage others to accept it.
Today, Hadjipanteli leaves her bold, jet black unibrow to grow freely,
“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,” she explained in an interview with Dazed. “If my childhood taught me anything, it is that I love being different.”
Hadjipanteli, who has since nicknamed her unibrow “Veronika”, is now a model, sunglass designer and body positive activist, with 276,000 followers on Instagram, which has definitely proved all the haters wrong.
“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,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
“I personally think my face looks better this way. Others disagree, and that’s totally cool,” says Hadjipanteli. “I am not trying to get anyone on the unibrow bandwagon. If I like this, just let me like this.”
After being inundated with requests from fans, the Cyprian model dressed up as the famously monobrowed artist Frida Kahlo in 2017.