Despite knowing that our body is more than just its looks, everyone has their hang ups. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to not have thighs that stick together every time the thermometer hits 30+ degrees, but one thing I’d never viewed negatively were my brows. Until a comment from a stranger sent my arches straight to the top of the list.
It all happened due to an image posted on social media that ironically had nothing to do with eyebrows in the slightest.
I had written about my love of face mists for The Glow and how they were the perfect solution for people who regularly find themselves red-faced (ahem, me). Looking back over the post the next day, I saw a comment from someone I had never met, never even heard of.
"Forget about a red face, look at those terrible overdone brows! You need to sort out that situation now," it read.
I'm under no illusion that this is the worst thing that's ever been said online. Or that the internet is a place of rainbows, fluffy unicorns and smiles.
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Plus, I've been hit with my fair share of remarks about my appearance both online and offline in the past, but for some silly reason this comment knocked me for six.
I became reluctant to take or share any photos. It's been six months and sadly I've only just come round to feeling good about my brows again.
Immediately after, my arches became a source of irritation and frustration to me. In a world of overdone Instagram brows "on fleek", my natural pair that I'd always liked for being unique and "real" seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. (Post continues after gallery.)