Shima was born in London, England. She graduated from The University of Arts London with a Distinction and is the first in her family to pursue a career in the Arts. Shima has adopted the surname of Star to symbolize the rejection of patriarchy. In her life and her works, she models the importance of self-empowerment. Her works steer away from the stereotypical representations of women as she seeks to create works that encourage inclusivity, whilst implementing her concept of "Universal Woman". She specifically employs a palette of bright colors to address the systematic whitewashing of people of color.