Artist Sara Shakeel has glitter in her eyes.
This approach has gotten her a cult following, gathering both the aesthetically interested and body positive by way of projects like the #glitterstretchmarks, where Shakeel takes images of women with stretch marks and replaces the marks with precious metals and jewels. These glittery marks don’t stop on the thighs or bikini area but are applied similarly to replace tears and worry lines, reimagining vulnerabilities as ecstatic. This is therapy for Shakeel, a way for her to work through her own body struggles. Even something as clinical as sinusitis and runny eyes can be reframed in this way, both problems Shakeel deals with.
Add in a bit of celebrity (“Who doesn’t love celebrities?”) and Shakeel has cornered an audience of those seeking fantastical makeovers and aesthetic therapy. This is her process, one that is constantly growing and evolving as a means to make the self better. “Every picture that I create is first an attempt to heal myself,” she says, before shifting toward her motto: “Each picture heals a part of me–and I hope it heals a part of you too.”