When I was about 14, I remember telling my mother one afternoon that a girl in my class was being bullied by the boys at school because she had thick, dark eyebrows. Indeed, this girl’s eyebrows were wild and woolly and particularly noticeable since the rest of her complexion was fair. My mother’s casual response stuck with me: “One day she’ll come to learn that those eyebrows are her greatest weapon of seduction.”
Audrey Hepburn’s heart-shaped face was framed by robust brows, Madonna went hairy like a virgin, Salma Hayek rocked the mono in Frida, and Jennifer Connelly continues to model bushy brows like an aphrodisiac.
After all, hair, in most cultures and throughout time, has been revered as a symbol of both sensuality and sexuality.
However, for some reason, facial and body hair have more readily been considered ‘masculine’ (strange when we’re all—men and women—covered in it). The inference being that if women are hairy, they’re manly. So, in recent times, fashion has directed women to wax, pluck, and clip ’til the cows come home.
That is, until Cara Delevingne, fashion sweetheart, catwalk rebel, and Love Magazine guest editor, made her bushy brows known to world. Their boldness and uniqueness are a fashion statement in themselves and are surely what have, for the most part, set Delevingne apart from the rest.
Let the hair grow, I say!
Feature image courtesy of fora.mtv.ca