Ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling past a sea of Insta-babes without so much as a pause? That’s the effect of uniformed beauty, and it’s why we need more women like Sophia Hadjipanteli — women who dare to be themselves and teach that it’s OK to be different.
Hadjipanteli, whose distinguishing feature is her incredible unibrow, has more than 118,000 followers on Instagram — but the 21-year-old’s stand out look wasn’t always celebrated. Her very own brother would teasingly call her as “Helga G. Pataki” from the cartoon series “Hey Arnold,” but Hadjipanteli took it on as a compliment.
The business student spent years manicuring her thick fluffy brows, until one day she decided to let nature take its course.
“I stopped while away on a trip, but it didn’t bother me. Then I thought to myself, why would I keep plucking them if it didn’t even bother me? So I left them alone. I just liked the way it looked,” she said in an interview with Man Repeller.
“I’ve never been the person to not wear something because it wasn’t cool. I used to wear eccentric outfits to school and would get bullied for the way I dressed, but that was my style.”
With that very same attitude, Hadjipanteli subscribes to her very own definition of beauty, inspiring thousands of others to do the same.
Hadjipanteli says she gets her luscious eyebrows from genetics, specifically her mom, who would teach her the importance of taking care of them since she was little. “My mom’s brows are insane, but they’re also really shaped. She over-tweezed her brows when she was young and regretted it. Hers came back, but even still, she encouraged me to leave mine alone.”
But even with over a hundred thousand followers, Hadjipanteli still bares the brunt of negative comments — In an interview in Harper’s Bazaar, the model said bullying is something she has little time for.
“I am not really doing this to show people they have to like [my unibrow], I’m 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,” she said.
“I am not trying to get anyone on the unibrow bandwagon. I like it, so let me like it.”