LONDON – The impact of Billie Eilish’s British Vogue June cover reached Pakistani-raised, London-based crystal artist Sara Shakeel, who then took it upon herself to transform Eilish further in her sparkly fashion.
So after Billie 2.0 left us astonished with her decision to go vogue, Shakeel’s work on Eilish’s Vogue cover landed her in the world renowned magazine as well. “She literally sprinkled fairy dust over Eilish’s custom Burberry bodices, Mugler bodysuits and McQueen corsetry,” noted the outlet, “and waved her glitter wand around Billie’s butterscotch halo in a set of twinkling interpretations of the Craig McDean portraits,” it added.
Shakeel told the publication that it took her three hours of non-stop digital ‘rhinestoning’ to make the transformation happen. She used swirling effects to suit Eilish’s reinvention and noted, “It’s the first time we have seen Billie in this way, so I wanted to create something new for her.”
From RiRi to Britney Spears, Shakeel has sprinkled her sparkle over many celebrities previously, but the artist does not care if her subject is popular or rich. “I don’t care who the person is, as long as they inspire me,” she asserted. “No matter how ordinary someone or something is, I try to make it extraordinary.”
Shakeel’s contacts with Browns Fashion and an installation at the NOW Gallery also brought her to London, where her husband is studying. “No matter how big or successful you are, crystals are mesmerising to watch,” Shakeel explained, citing her grandmother’s Swarovski collection being the source of her inspiration. “Every movement I made while playing with them when I was little changed the colours of the crystals – it was breathtaking for me,” she remembered.
Shakeel is yet to come to terms with the fact that she’s famous now – having amassed over one million followers who interact with her on her “love, light & everything nice” platform. “It’s a two-way street,” she said. “I’m a happy-go-lucky person who never dreamt of being famous, but now I’m so humbled; my work exists because of them,” she concluded.