While Gen Z kids have been spared the horror of having their brows tweezed into reed-thin lines, us desi millennials remember what it was like to be shamed for our hairy unibrows once we hit puberty. We have seen that era when a conventionally beautiful actress like Kajol was shamed or snidely termed “offbeat” just because of the way her brows looked.
We would see skinny brows on the actresses on TV who were, in turn, emulating the look of international actresses who already had thin, light brows. There was no space for our thick and lush black brow hair in that world.
But things are different now. Internationally, even Caucasian models and actresses who are beauty icons have co-opted those thick, dark eyebrows people of colour were once shunned for, to the point that beauty vloggers are