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Women aren’t supposed to have stretch marks. There are creams, lasers and even camouflage tattoos all marketed to remove them from your body — how dare growth leave any kind of reminder on skin? And even though Kendrick Lemar has devoted lyrics to them and Chrissy Teigen  shows off her ‘stretchies‘ on the reg, stretch marks still have a pretty bad rap. You’ll never see that tiger stripe on a thigh or stomach, in any ad or photoshoot. Stretch marks just aren’t something we’re supposed to be proud of. Pakistani-based artist, Sara Shakeel wants to change that.

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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Creating glorious collage images where stretchmarks are bathed in glitter, Shakeel turns stretch marks into literal works of art. “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,” she writes.

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The images have received an outpouring of support, with one gaining over 21,000 likes. Shakeel joins the likes of other Instagrammers like Zinteta and Allison Kimmey who have been embracing stretchmarks like blank canvases, ready to be showcased. Why hide them when they can be highlighted? Anything that supports loving and celebrating your body is a plus in our book.