Thick full set eyebrows are an enviable beauty trait at the moment. With the likes of Australia’s own Bambi Northwood-Blyth, America’s Lily Collins, and of course UK it-girl Cara Delevingne bringing the bushy brow back, the trend has seen a new industry of brow thickener, tattoos, and even wigs hit the market.
But for Puerto Rican teenager Natalia Castellar, her experiences with her naturally think eyebrows have not always been so positive.
The subject of bullying, Castellar says she was teased for her unique brows, and still receives abuse from commenters online.
“When I was younger they were all anyone would point out. I was bullied terribly because of how thick and long they were, so I wanted to shave them down,” she tells W Magazine.
But after being discovered by Next Models LA, a world-leading agency who boasts Alexa Chung and Suki Waterhouse among its clients, Castellar has learned to embrace and even “love” her eyebrows.
“Now I don't care if they stay trendy or not, I love my eyebrows. They set me aside from other models,” she says. “They're my trademark, and I wish I would have embraced them sooner.”
Her presence online has been a source of encouragement for other young women who feel self-conscious about their own looks.
A commenter from Instagram, xoxo.day, writes, “God you're beautiful.”
Another comments, “Thank you for making me confident about my big brows”.
Castellar has worked as a freelance model for brands like NARS and Mansur Gavriel in the past. She will commence work under Next Models once she completes high school next June.
Currently settled in Virginia, Castellar describes herself as a regular teenage girl, with interests that extend well beyond the world of modelling.
“I'm very interested in art, especially sketching. I love to sketch. I'm also very athletic (I play Field Hockey and Lacrosse), and I'm a model!” she says in an interview with Urban Outfitters.
“I know that the modelling industry is very, very competitive, but I have faith that everything will work out. I've decided to continue modelling full-time after I graduate, so I'm putting everything on the line because I truly believe that I can make something of myself.”