Unibrow on fleek


Jasleen and I 🙂 

Growing up I hated my eyebrows. My eyebrows were always these massive caterpillars dominating my face and I remember begging my mom to get them threaded. She finally let me start getting them done when I turned 12 years old. This marked the “post eyebrow” phase of my life.

Now-a-days these eyebrows I once loathed are actually the latest fashion statement (once they are threaded) and people PAY for eyebrows like mine. I couldn’t believe it. My entire existence I never had the “thing” people wanted. Let’s face it, our media loves the skinny white blonde and there isn’t much representation of people who look like me.  With a minor change in culture my unibrow was suddenly on fleek. It reminded me of visiting India and see magazines with girls with my skin color and feeling shocked.

Unfortunately growing up I was really bad at getting my eyebrows done consistently. I would typically wait for my eyebrows to almost grow back completely to get them done again. The eyebrow ladies hated  me and I swear they avoided me like the plague.

Now I feel really weird whenever people compliment my eyebrows. I think back to high school when a friend told me she thought people with big eyebrows needed them threaded. (….aka me) I also think back to a comic I once saw. A little girl wanted her unibrow gone until you went into a museum and saw a Frida Kahlo painting (below) and realized that what her peers found ugly was beautiful in a different context.

kahlo-1Here’s the message I want to leave you with. Beauty is subjective and what is ugly today may be beautiful tomorrow. So can we try to look beyond our outward appearance?

Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

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