Pakistani 'crystal artist' Sara Shakeel featured in British Vogue

Published 05 May, 2021 05:43pm

Images Staff

How? Billie Eilish, believe it or not.

Pakistani 'crystal artist' Sara Shakeel has been featured in the holy grail of fashion magazines — Vogue — for her art.

British Vogue, which Shakeel called her favourite, called her art — which was inspired by the magazine's own recent cover shoot of Billie Eilish — a dazzling tribute to the seven-time Grammy winner.

London-based Pakistani genius Shakeel is an excitingly experimental and original artist, using digital media techniques to work with sparkling crystals and impactful images, creating compelling visual treats that make the thumb stop scrolling and the eyes widen. Her latest work, which got her the appreciation, was her recreation of Eilish's recent cover shoot. She made three pieces, layered on three of Eilish's pictures from the shoot, and each command attention.

When people over at the British Vogue came across these beautiful creations, they reached out to Shakeel, and we don't blame them.

"Little did I know, my love and mad respect for Billie Eilish would land me an interview with one of my favourite magazines!" said an ecstatic Shakeel as she announced the publishing of her interview, declaring it an unexpected occurrence.

"[Sara Shakeel] continued the theme of transformation by doing what she does best: making the pop star sparkle. Literally.

"The process took three hours of non-stop digital rhinestoning, using new swirling effects befitting Billie's reinvention," reported the magazine of her art.

The magazine spoke to Shakeel in great depth, covering her work and her journey through the years. About her creative approach, they said it is "anything but elitist." They spoke of her sideline @glitterstretchmarks to justify their claim, where the artists celebrates stretch marks, in a bid to 'heal through art'.

Billie Eilish's British Vogue cover shoot

Eilish is known for her own signature style, which is baggy and comfortable, often intending to keep her body hidden, literally from unwanted gazes, and metaphorically from public gossip. It has still, however unfortunately, not kept her free of scrutiny. Her baggy clothing choices became the talk of the town, and when she herself spoke about it, it raised her to the level of becoming a face, of sorts, for movements championing body shaming and positivity.

Her shoot for British Vogue was striking, as the 19-year-old American pop sensation posed in tight-fitting clothes, stunning in a corset and lingerie, in a shoot inspired by mid-20th century pin-ups. The picture, uploaded to Eilish's Instagram, broke the record for the fastest picture to reach a million likes, achieving the feat in just six minutes.

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