Sophia Hadjipanteli, 21, has been winning fans and modelling contracts all over the world after going viral for her distinctive facial hair. Sophia tamed the growth of her eyebrows for years, carefully plucking and shaping them before finally deciding to embrace her natural look and letting them grow in. She explains her unusual style decisions away on her naturally rebellious streak, telling Good Morning Britain: "I’ve always been known to change my look and do whatever I really wanted and I guess that sort of stubbornness and rebelliousness has made me want to do literally whatever I want." Sophia, who is a University of Maryland marketing graduate, is in England visiting family and taking modelling jobs but found time to stop by and talk to Richard Madeley and Ranvir Singh about people's shocked reactions to her look and how much she loves turning heads.
"I think for me it’s about being able to walk outside on a busy street in London with something that I know people will have negative, shocking, positive, cringeworthy, uncomfortable reactions to, and still been able to be strong with who I am and just walk down the street. At the end of the day I left my house loving the way I looked and try to be true to who I am." The model has nicknamed her unibrow 'Veronica', and tints the hairs to be even darker than they naturally grow to emphasise their unruly bushiness. She explained that it can often be difficult to find work as a model without a distinctive, unique look and so embracing her cultural heritage as half Cypriot and refusing to conform to Western beauty standards sets her apart from other models.
Hadjipanteli said: "Ever since I was little I’ve always been quite different, just either my style or the way I acted. I was always on my own in terms of school and growing up. I was very quirky and with all of that I just wanted to push some sort of boundary. I did this before anyone really knew who I was really and it was nothing to do with getting attention or anything like that." Despite her Instagram frequently attracting cruel comments from people calling her 'disgusting' and 'ugly', Sophia won't pluck them and even applies castor oil to them regularly to try to stimulate their growth. She's amazed that people are so bothered by a few hairs on somebody else's face, and has urges girls to think about joining her #UnibrowMovement: "This unibrow movement is really not about just letting everything go, if you want to that is totally what you can do, for me it’s about doing what really makes you happy."