Sophia Hadjipanteli is not your average Instagram model. Yes, she has almost 85,000 followers and a vibrant feed, but the reason for her social media fame is thanks to a little more than just an engaging page. The Greek Cypriot model and student has epic eyebrows—well, an epic eyebrow to be more specific—that lead her to create the #UnibrowMovement. According to Hadjipanteli, she doesn’t tweeze or wax her brows because she doesn’t want to, and why should she? No surprise, her mission to take a stand against beauty standards is resonating far and wide online.
In a recent Instagram post she shared that the main reason behind the moment is “about normalizing something that society pressures us to hide or fix.” However, this being the Internet where everyone has an opinion and a keyboard to voice it, a lot of people still feel the need to critique her and criticize her for her personal decision. But instead of getting upset by the hateful comments she rises above them. “I feel like striking high is being the bigger person—I try to educate [people online] in the most neutral, respectable, and encouraging way,” Hadjipanteli told Glamour. “I’m not just doing it for myself; it doesn’t affect me personally in most cases. I’m doing it for the people who message me and say that I inspired them or that they feel more proud and confident.”
Hadjipanteli points out that when society is used to a certain type of beauty standard, people become uncomfortable with anything that doesn’t fit inside that “norm.” This is where the #UnibrowMovement comes in. Her mission is simple, and one that is easy to get behind: “I just want magazines to embrace different types of people because I feel like the more diversity we have, the more it becomes normalized to see different kinds of people. And then, people feel less uncomfortable when they see others unlike themselves.”
You can’t deny, she’s a beauty.
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