Model with prominent eyebrows aims to change beauty standards by refusing to conform

A Greek Cypriot American model is challenging conventional beauty standards with a unique facial feature: her unibrow.

Sophia Hadjipanteli, 22, who was born and raised in Cyprus but now resides in the United States, says she lets her jet black unibrow grow freely out of a sense of pride for her culture.

“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,” Hadjipanteli told Harper’s Bazaar. Dazed Digital wrote that she is leading a movement.

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Despite receiving a torrent of online abuse for her unibrow – or “Veronika” as she’s nicknamed it – Hadjipanteli says she is unfazed. Now a model, sunglass designer, and body positive activist, Hadjipanteli has nearly 300,000 followers on Instagram.

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“I personally think my face looks better this way,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “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.”