This woman turned her stretch marks into art with glitter and it's beautiful
"I have never felt so powerful, liberated and f**king proud of my stretch marks in my entire life."
Artist, Sara Shakeel is known to many for creating the most stunning and abstract designs on her Instagram account. Through the use of contrasting graphics and imagery, she creates images that we immediately want to print off and hang over the fireplace and now, this project is one of our favourites.
Sara, who goes by the Instagram name @sarashakeel, decided to use her stretch marks as her canvas. Applying glitter and crystals to the marks on her skin, Sara highlights what many people see as an "imperfection" and turns it into art. The artist makes us look at these marks in awe with glitter on them and therefore, we are reminded that we have to love our imperfections for what they are.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Sara discussed how this series is gaining momentum, with women all over the world adding glitter to their stretch marks and bravely showcasing their bodies for what they are. She said:
"I want to bring cellulite, stretch marks, and body empowerment into the limelight, stretch marks are something I relate to on a very personal basis."
Speaking out about how "being chubby" and having stretch marks was something Sara found difficult to talk about as a young girl, now she is using her stretch marks to create art and remind us of the beauty in things we often look at negatively. Kudos.
I have never felt so powerful & liberated and so fucking proud of mystretch marks in my entire life !!! From where I come from & live , To be on the chubby side or to even talk about stretchmarks is not something one is proud of, i have seen my stretch marks grow from the day i started putting on weight, I'd be honest even before uploading it I was thinking why would anyone be interested in my concept of stretch marks turned into glitter or crystals!!! My god I was so wrong! Amazing people and women are already doing such an amazing job with representing these stripes and cellulite!!! Thank you for a beautiful response everyone!!!! I have been featured on @cosmopolitan & @yahoostylebeauty link is in my story. Support and love yourself for who ever you are! Cause there is someone out there sharing the same feelings as you are! There is one thing for sure YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! ?????? #glitterstretchmarks #stretchmarks #happy #inlove #loveyourself #theweekoninstagram #instagram #tigerstripes . . This picture is by one of my amazing followers who was brave enough to share this with me!! Thank you love!!!!