A woman who was called a ‘wolf’ and ‘Golden Arches’ by school bullies because of her MONOBROW says she now embraces it – and is more confident than ever.
Joselyn Jones, 23, was relentlessly teased in the playground by kids who would howl like wolves – or cruelly compare her unibrow to the McDonald’s logo.
She grew up hating her unibrow – proper name synophrys – and begged her mother Pamela Jones, 57, to allow her to wax it.
When she was ten her parents finally relented and allowed her to pluck her brows, which became a painstaking daily routine due to their thickness.
For twelve years Joselyn groomed her brows every morning and spent £8 weekly to have them professionally shaped.
When Joselyn, a hairdresser, welcomed her son Jeremiah, five, her grooming routine began to stretch her tight finances and she worried about the impression she was imprinting on her young son.
In November 2017, she set herself a one-month challenge to stop grooming her brows and relaxing her hair, which was costing £50 every six weeks.
But after years of painful plucking Joselyn, from Atlanta, Georgia, USA decided to grow out her unibrow and embrace her natural beauty.
“It’s interesting because ever since I’ve grown my eyebrows men are more interested in me,” said Joselyn, who dates her music engineer James Land, 29.
“I think men are so used to seeing women in a certain way, that to see someone looking different is attractive.”
The mum said her confidence was elevated by the challenge and claims that embracing her unibrow has completely changed her outlook on life.
Joselyn said: “When I was five years old I started noticing that everyone looked different to me.
“It made me a little uncomfortable.They began to tease me in kindergarten. I would beg and beg my mum to cut my eyebrows but she would never let me.
“In school when I would walk down the hallways older kids would make wolf sounds, like howling when I passed.
“It made me feel terrible. They would call me McDonald’s because they said my eyebrows looked like the logo.
“One day I came home from school crying and my dad just said: ‘Fine’. He said we could cut them.
“He got his beard clippers and separated my eyebrows right down the middle.
“Finally people stopped talking about me.
“It was emotional.
“I started getting my course hair relaxed when I was nine or ten and everything changed.
“I finally felt like I fit in with everyone else.
“My eyebrows required so much maintenance.
“I would pluck them in the center every morning and night and get them shaped professionally every week.
“I spent ten dollars a week doing this from the age of ten until I was 23.
“I spent $70 on relaxers for my hair every six weeks.
“When I had my son, I was a single mum.
“I was putting myself through hair school and I was meeting all kinds of different women.
“One day a little girl came in and she had eyebrows just like mine that joined in the middle and she hated them.
“I told her they were beautiful and that a lot of people have to draw them in or tattoo their eyebrows, but she had them naturally.
“She smiled when I said that and I felt a little hypocritical.
“At the time I was going through hardship. I had three jobs, two in a restaurant and my own business, all while going to school to get my hair stylist license.
“I quite literally stopped having time to look in the mirror.
“I stopped touching my eyebrows and my hair. I was so tired of it.
“I was sick of manipulating myself and my look to be a certain way to please other people.
“I set myself a challenge that I wasn’t going to touch them or my hair for a whole month and save the money.
“At first I was mortified when people would look at me. I felt like I was right back in school with those bullies.
“But I soon realized if I didn’t love myself, nobody else would love me either.”
“Now I love myself and my look too, which I think makes a huge difference.
Joselyn acts in her spare time and said her natural look has boosted her career in Atlanta.
Joselyn said: “Ever since I’ve let my eyebrows grow I’ve had more interest in my work.
“I’ve starred in a few short films and I’ve done some modeling.
The mum-of-one said she hopes her message will have an impression on young girls and says women don’t need to “manipulate themselves to be beautiful.”
Joselyn said: “I want young girls to learn from me and accept themselves. I want to be a resource for them.
“You don’t have to manipulate yourself to be beautiful. You are beautiful as you are.
“My son has the same eyebrows as me and I want him to grow up loving himself, but also to respect others who are brave enough to love themselves as they are. That’s true beauty.”