We Latinas have a tortuous relationship with eyebrows: We grow them out, brush and fill them in, elongate them with a pencil — or we tweeze them mercilessly until they scream to be drawn back on.
There is very little middle ground with eyebrows, but that may be because we know our “face caterpillars” (U.K. slang) are a formidable weapon in our tool chest of expressions.
Our muse Frida Kahlo painted her eyebrows distinctly in every self portrait. It is obvious who the woman is in her paintings. Today artists even borrow the late Mexican painter’s bold eyebrows to grace beautifully decorated skull images, so there is no mistaking whose visage serves as inspiration.
Did Frida’s eyebrows influence fashion? It would seem some beauty historians believe so, as Frida is sometimes included in fashion eyebrow timelines.
At any rate, eyebrows can be used to “say” many things, including recognition, surprise, frustration, anger or annoyance, inquisitiveness or seduction. In Frida’s case, her eyebrows convey a sense of individuality and strength.
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