A Texas mother who waxed her 3-year-old daughter’s unibrow for a popular TikTok video claimed she was doing it to shield her from bullying in the future.
Leah Garcia, 31, recently uploaded a video to TikTok with the comment, “IDC [I don’t care]! IDC! I’d rather y’all call me a bad mom before I let my 3-year-old walk around with a unibrow like my parents did!”
After getting her eyebrows waxed, Bliss says, “Ow, mom, that hurt me,” to which Garcia responds, “All right, girl, now you got two eyebrows!”
@leah_txrealtor My fellow mexicans, y’all understand! 🤣 #fyp #momsoftiktok #badmom #mexicantiktok #andGO ♬ original sound – Leah Garcia
Millions of people have watched the video since it was posted, and it’s safe to say that there were some disagreements.
“As soon as a parent points out a flaw it will stick with them forever. Even if they are thankful, they’ll remember not being perfect for mom,” one person commented.
Another added: “Maybe at the age 7-8 but 3?”
“Ugh I wish my mom did this for me. Got bullied so hard for my eyebrows and my arms,” another one added.
“I was teased so much in elementary school, this is what I wish my mom did,” next comment was.
Others advised the mother to attempt an alternative strategy: “You should try the eyebrow shavers, and if she’s a wiggler, try doing it safely while she’s asleep. I learned this with my daughter when she was 1!”
In response to the abuse directed against her, Leah has stated that Bliss made the decision to get her eyebrows waxed and that by doing so, she is avoiding becoming the victim of ‘cruel’ bullies.
“As a child, I had very thick and dark eyebrows and I’d shave behind my parents’ back because my father didn’t believe children should worry about things like that,” she said in an interview with Today.
“I remember a boy saying to me in kindergarten, ‘Why are your eyebrows so big?’
Leah claims that Bliss and her older daughter Behautti, 11, give their consent for her to wax them.
She stated: “We have ‘waxing days’ at home. I ask, ‘Who wants to wax?’ No one is holding down Bliss – she’s not screaming in pain. It’s her choice.”
The mother added that she could see why some people were upset but insisted that she still goes through with it because she wants to protect her daughter from bullies.
“I understand where [critics] are coming from but kids can be cruel. Waxing her unibrow isn’t giving in to bullies; it’s preventing them from targeting my daughter.”