In a bid to stand out, Sammie-Jo Hailford started painting her eyebrows one year ago – she is now taking the internet by storm but trolls have threatened to call social services
Image: Sammie-Jo Hailford)
A woman has been told she is not fit to be a mum because she has “Britain’s biggest eyebrows”.
Sammie-Jo Hailford, from Grimsby, has massive brows that she has painted on for almost a year.
The 27-year-old has since been trolled online and laughed at in the street – but she insists that the “bigger the brow, bigger the boy”.
The mum-of-two told the Daily Star: “People have said I shouldn’t be a mum and they are going to ring social services because of my eyebrows. It really gets extreme on the internet.
“They can call social services because I have nothing to hide. My eyebrows don’t determine whether I’m a good mother or not.”
The full-time mum started using liquid liner to make her brows bigger one year ago.
Explaining why, Sammie-Jo said: “I’m not a massive fan of beauty standards today.
“I feel like people are socially conditioned to only be beautiful if they are part of these standards and I just don’t agree with it and I don’t like it.
“I just like to make a statement and the brows do that for me. They started off normal size and they just got bigger over time and I just like to look different.
“It would be cool if they were Britain’s biggest eyebrows.
“I’ve now created a hashtag called ‘bigger the brow bigger, the boy’ because it’s true and that’s what I say to my friends.”
Sammie-Jo was recently convinced by her pals to join TikTok – where she has acquired more than 75,000 followers in just four weeks.
And despite some cruel comments, she said her eye-popping look has attracted attention from men.
She said: “People say I don’t get boys because I have big eyebrows but that is wrong.
“I have had quite a few men in my inbox telling me I’m beautiful and saying they would date me.
“They always mention the eyebrows first, so maybe there is a fetish there.”
Strangers now approach her in public to ask about the eyebrows that take up most of her forehead.
Most people are polite, but she added: “Younger girls will laugh at me in the street, I’ve had that a couple of times but they do it between themselves.
“The worst comments are online. I get horrible comments about my makeup and they also take the mick out of my teeth too.”
Despite the trolling, Sammie-Jo is striving to use her platform to encourage people to be who they want to be.
She said: “I’ve not had the best life before now and I’ve suffered a lot of trauma and abuse from people.
“I guess the past three years I have found myself and I went through therapy to realize I am worthy no matter how I look or what I decide to do.”
The mum added: “Trolling doesn’t affect me now. I’m trying to raise awareness of the fact that people can be different.
“That’s how I fight them back.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.