Meet the Instagrammer celebrating women’s stretchmarks… with glitter

In 2016, Victoria's Secret was praised for choosing not to digitally remove model Jasmine Tookes' stretchmarks during a shoot for the brand's Fantasy Bra.

The fact that the decision made headlines all over the world reminded us that when it comes to stretchmarks, society still has a long way to go before accepting that tiger stripes are part and parcel of millions of women's bodies.

Eager to play a role in the conversation, one Instagram user has chosen to celebrate stretchmarks by turning them into works of art, and Instagram has embraced the project wholeheartedly.

Sara Shakeel has used her social media platform to pay homage to the tiger stripe, and admits that she's been taken aback by the level of support shown to her project.

"I  have never felt so powerful & liberated and so f*cking proud of my stretch 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," she recently wrote.

 

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!!!!

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"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 everyone for the #glitterstretchmarks response and the numerous features of my artwork! The past few days have been unreal! Good and bad, but tbh I shall always look at the good side because nothing is more powerful then giving confidence to myself along with so many women and men out there! My hopes are unreal and so are my dreams! The stretch marks story will continue and I have so many other ideas and plans in mind. The artwork that I have made out of you are real! These picture that you see are REAL of REAL women with stretchmarks! Thank you for making #glitterstretchmarks a part of your lives. I love you all from the core of my fluffy heart. . CollageArt.SaraShakeel Photography @facesbycela . The next week I'll be super busy with my upcoming exhibition & an interview in my home country , my apologies if i don't post alot in the coming week.#love #loveyourself #lovemyjob #patientlywaiting #patience #hope #daydreaming #art #artwork #collage #glitter

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Women have been quick to approach Sara with images of their own stretchmarks in order to see their own body transformed into a work of art.

"The stretch marks story will continue and I have so many other ideas and plans in mind," Sara told her followers this week.

"The artwork that I have made out of you are real! These picture that you see are REAL of REAL women with stretchmarks."

Long may it last.

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