In September 2012, Jill’s best friend Nikki Closser reached out to world-acclaimed portrait photographer Sue Bryce. Sue was so overwhelmed with Jill’s story and the message she wanted to share with the world that she was instantly determined to help this beautiful girl spread that message. Sue arranged for Nikki and Jill to meet her in Paris where she would photograph Jill, capture her incredible beauty and help to tell her story to inspire others and educate the world about breast cancer, in Jill’s own words, to help women – even one woman. A fabulous documentary was filmed in Paris by Hailey Bartholomew, and soon after Sue and Hailey had created “The Light That Shines.”
When I reached out to Nikki, my intent was to speak with Nikki about her journey as a dear friend of Jill’s. But, as usual, authentic conversations always follow their own flow. Sue just happened to be in town, so I was fortunate enough to speak with both of them about body image, self-love, friendship and true beauty. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Sending love to Nikki, Sue and especially Jill. Thank you!