Our Mission


Survivor Jillian Rezo and Best Friend Michele Bonacorte understand the grueling process of a life impacted by breast cancer. Through personal experience, they witnessed the devastating effects breast cancer leaves behind, so they set out to make a difference. 

Since 2015 Beautiful Self has created a space where women impacted by breast cancer can come to be empowered, rediscover and reclaim the beauty and positive self-perception perceived to be lost.                         

Turning a Survivor into a Thriver! 

We Remove the Doubt Breast Cancer Leaves Behind by Empowering Survivors to Take Back Their Lives.


Michele Bonacorte


Michele Bonacorte taps her vast experience as a fashion model to encourage the women of our project to be themselves in front of the camera. By peeling back layers of doubt to reveal exalted beauty her mission is to support a dormant spirit. Using specialized glamour  photography she captures the joyful emergence of self, while professing her artistic vision of the liberated face of cancer. @micheleavision

Jillian Rezo


Jillian Veran Rezo is an internationally acclaimed beauty authority, creative director and make up artist with 30 years experience working with some of the biggest names and brands in the industry. A breast cancer survivor Jillian parlayed her passion and talent to her sisters in arms. Her greatest desire, to empower any woman in need to rediscover their true and beautiful self.


Team Beautiful Self

Christianne Catucci


Christianne uses the tools of videography and editing to convey the stories of the Beautiful Self survivors session. Her talent as a master film story teller can be viewed on our You Tube, Facebook and IGTV channels. 


Kara Nieves


Kara's passion and expertise with the varied degrees ones hair experiences during and after treatment is evident in her technique.  No hair, new hair, hair, she is a master manipulator of style. Based at Connie's Respite Branchburg  NJ


Valerie Vargas


Celebrity fashion show stylist Val brings vast experience and support to our studio. Coming to us via one of our subjects she is sensitive to the cause. With a pulse on texture, wig styling and techniques she shines.


Beth Ricca


Our List Whisperer.....Having experienced a session herself, Beth volunteers managing, scheduling and corresponding with the women on our wait list. She is a two time survivor who understands the significance of our mission.    4beautifulself@gmail.com

Laurelle Ivey


Laurelle volunteers to guide participants after experiencing a session. As a ground floor participant she assists with any questions or referrals.


Join Our Team


Beautiful Self is always looking for helping hands especially in the area of Social Awareness and Funding. 

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