By Jessica Frost
As a child of the 90’s I’ve already seen my fair share of eye-brow trends, each as face changing as the next. Although I was lucky enough not to have caught the plucking bug and depleted my arches to next to nothing like many a model in the 90’s. I unfortunately was not genetically blessed with the thick and bushy brows that Cara Delevingne sky-rocketed into global infamy few years back either.
I’ve never really had ‘on-trend’ brows, (as much as I’ve tried and tried to search for the perfect shade of brow pomade to no avail), but I always knew to pluck just enough to tidy up the ends of my brows and more importantly, the gap in the middle.
There’s not too much else you could’ve had in high school to catapult you into social oblivion faster; the mono-brow was an absolute no. It didn’t matter whether or not you paid any attention to those stray hairs hanging out a good half centimetre below your brow, you always took the tweezers to the centre and plucked as feverishly as possible.
Now though, 19-year-old model, Scarlett Costello, has spoken out about her (and her mono-brows) rise to beauty domination, and I’m so here for it.
Costello’s natural beauty is obvious. She has the face of a model and there’s no doubt about it. It’s her mono-brow though, a unique and frankly inspiring calling card, that has turned this beauty into an important message of self-acceptance and embracing natural beauty.
“I’ve had it my whole life and I didn’t think much of it growing up,” she told Teen Vogue. “My mom always told me it’s good to have thick brows because she plucked her thin ones off in the ’90s when pencil brows were in. I definitely wanted shaped pointy brows when I was 15 or so, but thick bushy brows got trendy around then and I figured it was more ‘me’ to grow them out.”
Costello’s decision to champion her natural beauty hasn’t come without adversaries though. “I’ve gotten some negative comments as well. People have called me an ogre and a pretentious feminist,” she told Teen Vogue.
But despite the negativity she isn’t reaching for wax strips. “I’m a big believer in the idea that everyone looks the best the way their genes intended them to. The confidence of embracing natural beauty is what makes it great, “she added.
It just goes to show that fashion and beauty trends, as great as they are, aren’t for everybody. It’s those natural features and quirks that really set one beauty apart from another. Time to put those tweezers down and have a glass of champagne I think.