There are some beauty trends the world would rather forget, but try as we might, fashion magazines keep trying their darndest to make us like them again.
Enter the pencil-thin eyebrow.
For years now women have been trying to forget the horror of the 1990s, when celebrities and regular folk alike tweezed their eyebrows to within an inch of their life. Some poor brows were so heavily plucked they never recovered, may they rest in peace, and the women who’s faces they adorned have spent years drawing on fake brows or resorting to painful procedures such as eyebrow tattoos in an attempt to regain their luscious glory.
While thicker, more natural eyebrows have been in the spotlight for a few years now, the September cover of British Vogue has sent shivers down millions of spines thanks to its colourful photo of American pop singer Rihanna rocking some outrageously thing brows.
Rihanna Rules. @badgalriri covers the September issue of @britishvogue, styled by @edward_enninful and shot by @nick_knight, on newsstands Friday August 3. @badgalriri wears a @prada dress and gloves and @savagexfenty lace body. Hair by @yusefhairnyc, make-up by @isamayaffrench using @fentybeauty, floral artistry by @azumamakoto, nails by @jennynails and set design by @tomotattle
The image was enough to spark horror-style flashbacks into the minds of those who lived through the trend the first time and led to a flurry of action on social media, with women crying out to “hide all the tweezers!” and beg God to spare them from the beauty sin.
Of course, it’s not the first time the trend has made a comeback having first emerged in the 1920s thanks to stars such as Clara Bowe and Jean Harlow. They made a comeback in the ’90s thanks to the likes of Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson and Madonna, who all sported pencil-thin eyebrows throughout the decade.
Unfortunately, super-thin eyebrows aren’t the only nightmarish trend to make a comeback in recent years. The no-shaving hippy vibes of the ’70s are proving popular among many young women, who’ve ditched the razors to let their underarm hair fly free.
Things are perhaps even worse in the style stakes. Remember the swimwear with the legs cut so high they were practically under your armpits, and were totally unforgiving if you’d forgone deforestation techniques for a week or two? They’re back from the 1980s to torture a new generation of young women.
We’re just glad we’re old enough to sensibly opt out this time and stick to what we know works best!