Talia Castellano proudly sported a bald head after losing her hair as a result of chemotherapy, choosing to experiment with make-up instead to boost her self-confidence.
Castellano, who died Tuesday at age 13, was affectionately called a “professional, YouTube Makeup Guru.” She began to experiment with makeup after cancer treatment claimed her hair. She posted makeup tutorials on YouTube, garnering more than 8 million views for one video and more than 750,000 followers for her channel.
The teenage makeup artist dreamed of meeting talk show host and CoverGirl, Ellen DeGeneres, and doing her makeup. And when DeGeneres had Castellano on her show in September 2012 she got to do not only that, but was also named an “honorary CoverGirl” herself.
Castellano’s Facebook page, Angels for Talia, announced her death on Tuesday stating that the teen “earned her wings” at 11:22 a.m.
DeGeneres publicly mourned Castellano’s death on Tuesday via several outlets, including her Twitter page, where she wrote: “This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia’s family. I’m so sad.”
The official CoverGirl Twitter page also noted her passing, tweeting: “Talia Castellano was the meaning of a true COVERGIRL. Please join me in sending love and honoring her memory.”
Talia Castellano was the meaning of a true COVERGIRL. Please join me in sending love and honoring her memory. pic.twitter.com/apfwOQRw8e
— COVERGIRL (@COVERGIRL) July 16, 2013
When DeGeneres asked Castellano how she stayed positive in the face of cancer on her show in 2012, Castellano replied, “A little fishy told me, ‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,'” referring to the catchphrase of the cartoon fish, Dory, whom DeGeneres voiced in the movie “Finding Nemo.”
Here is a look at Talia’s CoverGirl Night Make Up tutorial: