The story of us

Beautiful Self is a community for breast cancer survivors and stage IV fighters.
Because every breast cancer survivor and stage IV fighter deserves to feel powerful in their now self.

How it all began

Michele and Jillian are lifelong best friends so when Jillian was diagnosed with breast cancer, Michele supported her the whole way through. And when Jillian ended treatment, Michele was there as Jillian discovered her new and transformed beautiful self through photography, self expression and a lot of hard work.

It was in that bond and healing that the two realized the need to extend this support to other women.

Beautiful Self is the continuation of that mission.

Since 2014, Beautiful Self has created a safe space for those impacted by breast cancer. We empower survivors and stage IV fighters to rediscover and reclaim their inner light and strength through connection, beauty and Me Days.

Jillian & Michele
We Remove the Doubt Breast Cancer Leaves Behind...

Empowering Survivors & Stage IV Fighters to Thrive in Their Now Self.

The Founders

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.

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.


The team

Dena Ray

Board President

Survivor and current fighter of metastatic breast cancer,  Dena is our Board President and LinkedIn guru. She also volunteers with fundraising, communication and networking. Feel free to reach her with any questions.

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.

Shayna Sackler

Social Intern

Our social intern Shayna assists with the creation and scheduling of posts while expanding the virtual community on all platforms. Contact her to be part of our feed.

Val 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

List Whisperer

Our List Whisperer.....Having experienced a session herself, Beth volunteers managing, scheduling, and corresponding with the women on our waitlist. She is a two-time survivor who understands the significance of our mission.

Dena Ray


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


Whether you are a breast cancer survivor, a metastatic fighter or a supporter, there are so many ways to join the Beautiful Self mission. Nominate a woman for a #MeDay. Sponsor a #MeDay. Get support from our community using our social channels. And so much more!