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OPINION: Behind the glamour, how this makeup artist defied cancer’s grip

Photo by Summayah Mirza.

Enter a world where resilience reigns supreme and every difficulty is handled with inventiveness and an unyielding spirit. This is the account of a voyage filled with vivid colours, irrepressible laughter, and an unwavering enthusiasm for life. Her journey of perseverance and redemption will inspire, elevate, and leave you ready to embrace the beauty of life’s journey.

Her story isn’t just about surviving cancer – it’s about thriving in the face of adversity, finding beauty in unexpected places, and inspiring others to do the same.

While the world battled with COVID-19, Summayah fought with the news of her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2020. She faced the daunting news of a cancer diagnosis, yet refused to let fear dim her light.

That’s Summayah for you – a warrior with a heart of gold and a spirit that shines brighter than the sun.

The thing about Summayah is that she’s not just a survivor; she’s a creative force to be reckoned with. She knew she had found her calling from the moment she picked up a makeup brush. And boy, does she know how to wield that brush like a magic wand, transforming not just her face, but her entire outlook on life.

I had the privilege of filming Summayah as she narrated her journey, and let me tell you, her words are like poetry for the soul. “All great artists thrive when they come across that sense of loneliness, and I am not saying that I am great, but there is time for self-reflection and you can better understand yourself,” she said. “In that time, I understood the things that mattered to me.”

“For me, makeup isn’t just about looking good – it’s about feeling empowered, reclaiming your confidence, and embracing your inner strength,” she adds. And let me tell you, she’s got skills that will make your jaw drop. From bold eyeshadow looks to flawless contouring, there’s nothing she can’t do.

But what’s truly inspiring about Summayah isn’t just her talent – it’s her spirit. Despite facing some of the darkest days imaginable, she never lost sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. With every stroke of lipstick, every swipe of eyeshadow, she painted her strength for the world to see.

It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there as a content creator, especially when you’re going through something so personal. Throughout her battle with cancer, Summayah was not only vocal about her hardships, but she also faced the adversities of social platforms. However, she never let any of that affect her but helped and inspired those who looked up to her.

Summayah’s journey is comprised of her vibrant personality, her infectious laughter, and her unwavering commitment to living life to the fullest. And with every page, every word, every image, we’re reminded that no matter what life throws our way, we have the power to rise above it.

To Summayah, thank you for sharing your light with the world. Your journey is a testament to the power of resilience, creativity, and the unwavering human spirit.

To all of you reading this, Summayah’s journey is a reminder that no matter what challenges we face, we have the power to overcome them. She is living proof that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places and that even in our darkest moments, there is always hope.

Celebrate resilience, creativity, and unwavering spirit in your way. Find your light, even in the darkest of times.

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