And has shared a series of snaps showing her stretch marks – and people are loving it.
After you gain weight or lose some, or even when the skin is stretched during pregnancy, stretch marks appear and many women are dealing with them. And more refuse to wear bikini because of them.
It is estimated that between 50-88% of adults develop their stretch marks during puberty and many women have them.
Sara Shakeel, 28, has secured over 198k followers on Instagram by posting artistic snaps of her sparkly stretch marks.
The former dental student creates stunning images by using photos and replacing the elements with another pattern.
In her recent post, which has raked up more than 14K likes, she wrote: “I have never felt so powerful and liberated and so f***ing proud of my stretch marks in my entire life.
“From where I come from and live, to be on the chubby side or even talk about stretch marks 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 concert of stretch marks turned into glitter or crystals!!!”
Uploading her photos made her realise that many people – both men and women – have stretch marks and they are “something to embrace rather than being ashamed of”.
She added: “Amazing people and women are already doing such an amazing job with representing these stripes and cellulite!!!
“Thank you for a beautiful response everyone!”
People have responded to her inspiration posts, with one user, boldvision88 saying: “Beautiful creative work of art! Well deserved warm wishes.”
Another user, Nathy_smiles said: “Beautiful and beauty-full.”
And debsm67 added: “Sara thank you so much for sharing your photos. You make us women with cellulite and stretch marks feel like we can still be beautiful with them.
“Your photos are beautiful. You are amazing.”
Sara routinely uses pre-existing images and then transforms them with her creative vision by using Photoshop.
She said: “Stretch marks are something I relate to on a very personal basis.”
One of her stretch-mark-themed collages features a woman’s stomach with silver line stretching cross it.