Embracing the Unibrow

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Alexandre Mattiussi, the hirsute designer of the French label AMI, has thick, curly hair, which he sometimes wears in Romanesque waves, and a bushy beard. But his most notable facial hair is the inch of fuzz that connects his eyebrows, making them one.

“It’s my signature,” he said in 2014. “One of my friends told me you should take it off, and I said, ‘You won’t recognize me.’ It’s my thing.”

The basketball player Anthony Davis, too, is known for his eyebrow — singular — something he has no interest in changing. “I’m not going to change who I am,” he told ESPN in 2012. “It’s me.” He added, “I guess it just makes me different.”

Levi’s recently posted an image of the model Adrien Sahores to its Instagram account, with a thin but noticeable tuft of hair joining his brows. “He had a really natural self-confidence that we loved,” said Levi’s global creative director, Chad Hinson.

Like Frida Kahlo, Bert of “Sesame Street” and George Harrison before them, a new generation is embracing the subversive charm of the unibrow. In our overly plucked and supremely groomed world, there’s a rebelliousness to leaving the brow as nature intended. In some cultures, the unibrow — sometimes called a monobrow — is even seen as a sign of good luck, and for men, a signifier of virility and fertility.

Abraham Ortuno, a 29-year-old accessory designer who lives in Paris, flaunts his unibrow, sharing it with his Instagram followers. He goes with the term “platform eyebrows” for the brow as a whole. “I’ve never been embarrassed by them,” Mr. Ortuno said. “The opposite, actually. I don’t get it when someone has designed eyebrows.”

J D Samson, a musician and artist, is another person who refuses to pluck. “I knew one day it would come around,” she said.

In high school, she was named “best eyebrows” by her classmates, which she suspects was a joke. “When I got to college, I fully embraced it,” Ms. Samson said. Her acceptance of her look came about partly because of the encouragement of a friend, the artist K8 Hardy. “She was like: ‘You should just make it your thing and be proud of it. Wear it with pride.’ I’ll never forget that day.”

João Moraes, a 29-year-old art director, said he keeps his unibrow because of “a mixture of aesthetics and laziness.” After plucking it during his early teenage years in response to teasing, he eventually found peace with his natural look.

“I realized it wasn’t the way my face was supposed to be,” he said. “It was a process where I was like: ‘This is what I got. I’ve got to rock it.’”