Talia Castellano poses in one of many fashion shoots posted on her Facebook page. Millions have seen her inspiring YouTube makeup tutorials. Castellano died of cancer at age 13 on July 16, 2013.
A 13-year-old cancer-stricken makeup guru who became an honorary CoverGirl model and inspired many with her viral YouTube videos died Tuesday.
Talia Castellano, who was battling Neuroblastoma and pre-leukemia, “earned her wings” at 11:22 am, a statement on her Facebook page said.
“Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time,” the statement said. “God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your should feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were here with us. We will miss you mare than you will ever know baby girl.”
The charming pre-teen posted over 150 videos of herself on YouTube giving makeup tutorials with the aim of proving that people with cancer can still be beautiful. Castellano has said makeup serves as a “wig” for her to feel comfortable. Many of her uploads, under the user taliajoy18, have topped a million views.
The videos deeply touched Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Castellano on her daytime talk show last fall and surprised her with the announcement that she would be an honorary CoverGirl model. The Ellen Degeneres Show sent her to a radio festival, where she interviewed celebrities, including Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus, inspired by her story.
DeGeneres and CoverGirl mourned the 13-year-old’s death.