A blonde model Sophia Hadjipanteli who rose to fame for her jet black monobrow revealed she has been receiving death threats from vicious online trolls. The 22-year-old model hails from Cyprus and emigrated to London and then to the U.S.
She revealed she has been at the mercy of online trolls while appearing on 'Good Morning Britain' (GMB) March 12, Tuesday, and said she tries to ignore the negativity and is comforted by the fact that her boyfriend loves it. The model who has around 292,000 followers on her Instagram handle said, "I get a lot of death threats."
Hadjipanteli has had the opportunity to pose for Vogue Italia as well as Rihanna's SAVAGE X Fenty collab and said: "I try not to read a lot of them, a lot of people tell me when I get them, so obviously I don't really have the patience to go through and read every person's comments. It's a bit of a shame when you want to read the nice ones, to have to go through all the mean ones, but it's worth it, I think."
'GMB' host Piers Morgan said he found it "absolutely disgusting" that people wanted to kill her because of her monobrow while co-host Susanna Reid chimed in and urged people "to get over themselves."
Hadjipanteli was also asked whether her boyfriend Zac Apostolou liked her look to which she responded: "He loves it. He had a monobrow when he was little as well. I tint my eyebrows, I naturally have quite dark eyebrows but not this dark, so whenever I'm tinting them, he always gets so interested in what I'm doing."
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"I've always been quite eccentric with my outfits and I love changing my look. I never really based my self-confidence on how others treated me because at school, I was bullied a lot for things that were not focused on my face – my outfit, having parents that were immigrants, we didn't speak English, being the smallest in my class."
"Growing up in a conservative area of Maryland, being different isn't really accepted so that - I hate to say bullying - but I think that sort of challenged me," she revealed. She also shared she tends to receive a lot of negative reaction on the street but most of her abuse is from online trolls.
She also admitted her eyebrows were enhanced in 2014, when she tried to tint them but dyed them black by mistake. Instead of correcting them, she embraced her new unusual look and ended up making a career out of it after landing a contract with a British modeling agency. Hadjipanteli is hopeful her unibrow movement will help and inspire others and features the #UnibrowMovement in her Instagram bio.
Sophia had previously spoken to The Cut and said: "I really wanted to push people to look at me and to look at a unibrow - which they've been conditioned to think, it's kind of weird and something you should get rid of - for them, to still say that I was beautiful with this textbook 'unattractive' thing."