We’ve all had those eyebrow accidents where something goes wrong with the wax, or you go pluck-crazy and are left with a teensy row of hairs above your eyes. What if those “accidents” started happening on purpose? In an article that reads more like an April Fool’s joke than serious journalism, The New York Times reports that the latest beauty trend is razed eyebrows. Yes, as in no brows. See, Kim Kardashian even did it.The newspaper’s interview subjects cite a several different reasons for going all bare, some of which come off as cult-y and obsessive—one girl shaves to achieve an asexual air, an “exercise in modernity,” as she puts it. Another said he was following in the footsteps of Thai Buddhist monks. These two people seem like outliers, so who makes up the rest of the movement? Recessionistas, speculates the Times: “Could no eyebrows be a reflection of economic downturn? Can one be too poor to have them? Having no eyebrows is certainly a way to express oneself without buying a product.” Vogue beauty director Sarah Brown seemingly confirms this idea, stating, “People are saying, ‘How can I shake things up? I might not be buying a new bag every three months, but what can I do to feel fresh and current and in style?’” Ms. Brown is so in touch with the American people!
As a final suggestion to readers interested in the trend, the Times advises: “Before shaving off both eyebrows, we suggest doing just one to see if it suits you.” That was a joke, right? No, really…we have no idea if that’s serious.
How do you prefer your eyebrows? Super-thin? Or full and bushy?