Yes, This Model's Frida Kahlo Unibrow Is Real; No, She's Not Ashamed of It

Amanda Montell

Scarlett Costello doesn't paint self-portraits, but if she did, they'd surely go viral. The 19-year-old model has one of the most captivating faces in beauty right now—you may have scrolled past one of her relaxed, pouty Instagrams before. And if you did, you invariably did a double take. Because the beauty up-and-comer, who has already posed for brands like Converse, Nasty Gal, and J Brand, has a real-deal Frida Kahlo unibrow. And she's not ashamed of it—in fact, she never has been, not even when she was a tween. This fact is both refreshing and mysterious. A non-traditional feature and no insecurity? How? We had to find out.

Just in time for the anniversary of Frida Kahlo's birthday (which is today), we got to chat with Costello about her beauty inspirations, confidence, and (of course) her go-to brow routine. Keep scrolling to learn more about your newest beauty muse.

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Here at Byrdie, we know that beauty is way more than braid tutorials and mascara reviews. Beauty is identity. Our hair, our facial features, our bodies: They can reflect culture, sexuality, race, even politics. We needed somewhere on Byrdie to talk about this stuff, so… welcome to The Flipside (as in the flipside of beauty, of course!), a dedicated place for unique, personal, and unexpected stories that challenge our society’s definition of “beauty.” Here, you’ll find cool interviews with LGBTQ+ celebrities, vulnerable essays about beauty standards and cultural identity, feminist meditations on everything from thigh brows to eyebrows, and more. The ideas our writers are exploring here are new, so we’d love for you, our savvy readers, to participate in the conversation too. Be sure to comment your thoughts (and share them on social media with the hashtag #TheFlipsideOfBeauty). Because here, on The Flipside, everybody gets to be heard.

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