With a full house of members, creatives and other guests in the community, the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood (GCB) proudly hosted the iconic model, TV personality and beauty activist, Sophia Hadjipanteli for a captivating fireside chat, with GCB committee member Antonia Michaelides.
Sophia, celebrated for her distinctive style and dedication to self-expression, talked to the community about her experiences as a trailblazer in the fashion industry, having been featured in every major fashion publication around the world. She also talked about her commitment to fostering individuality and self-acceptance. As a hugely passionate advocate for Cyprus, she fondly recalls memories of growing up in a Greek Cypriot family, how her values are rooted in her Cypriot roots and her vision for a united island, where all Cypriots can live together in harmony.
She is a first-generation Greek Cypriot-American model and beauty activist and is single-handedly changing the face of beauty by not only embracing her unibrow, but also by showing others they can also look and dress how they want to with confidence. In fact, it was her mother who first encouraged her to embrace her beautiful, naturally dark and full brows. Sophia has appeared in more than 50 publications worldwide including Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, New York Times and Vanity Fair. She went viral in 2023 whilst on the judging panel of Greece’s Next Top Model. This year, she took on the role of judge in My Style Rocks.
The event attracted a diverse audience, including members of the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, creatives and those in the fashion industry, advocates for women’s empowerment and individuals intrigued by Sophia’s unique perspective.
In a touching moment that resonated with the audience, Sophia concluded the fireside chat with a video-call to her mother who remains a constant source of strength and inspiration to her, to wish her a happy Mother’s Day.
Antonia Michaelides, committee member of the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, reflected on the significance of the event, stating, “Sophia Hadjipanteli’s presence and insights have added a unique and empowering dimension to our celebration of International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. Her commitment to authenticity and her passion for her Cypriot roots makes her a great role model for other young women in our community.”
The chat with Sophia was an inspiring and empowering experience, leaving attendees motivated to embrace their true selves and celebrate the influential women in their lives.
Special thanks to Kkamaris catering for arranging the delicious souvlakia served after the event, and event photographer, Mary Savvides.
The Greek Cypriot Brotherhood was founded in 1934 and is the oldest Cypriot community association, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

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