Sara Shakeel—who grew a large following for her imaginative pieces (like this one)—has recently been posting a new series of images on Instagram—and the result is a veritable self-love movement. Shakeel added glitter into photos to outline women’s stretch marks, thus reimagining the feature thats all too often considered a flaw into something incredibly empowering and beautiful.
Whether using gold glitter or a bluish-green mermaid color, her artwork aims to help women see their bodies in a whole new light—one that’s super shiny—because Shakeel wanted to fill her “stripes” with something pretty.
“I was quite scared of uploading it. I am a Pakistani-based artist, and talking about stretch marks or even making art out of it is not something you talk about on a regular basis.” —Sara Shakeel
“I still remember that feeling of making those glitter stretch marks, and I was quite scared of uploading it,” she told Cosmopolitan. “I am a Pakistani-based artist and talking about stretch marks or even making art out of it is not something you talk about on a regular basis.”
But because she bravely followed through, Shakeel has gifted so many women a jolt of glitter-fueled empowerment—and she says this is only the beginning of her series.
See her shimmery reimagining of this body “flaw,” below.
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