A day after her death from cancer at 13 years old, YouTube beauty guru and honorary CoverGirl Talia Joy Castellano is being remembered by family and fans for the inspiring impact she made in her short life.
“She was funny, caring, inspirational, talented — very talented,’’ her mother, Desiree Castellano, said on TODAY Wednesday.
Talia battled neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, for six years before her death on Tuesday morning. The makeup tutorials made by the Orlando teen, who shunned wearing a wig after losing her hair from her cancer treatments, have been watched more than eight million times. She had more than 750,000 followers on her YouTube channel, where she regularly posted videos demonstrating makeup techniques and reviews even when she was hospitalized.
Talia was also active in raising awareness of the fight against children’s cancer through her work with BASE Camp as part of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. The program provides year-round support for children battling cancer and their families.
Tributes poured in on social media on Tuesday after her family announced on her official Facebook page, Angels for Talia, that she had “earned her wings” at 11:22 a.m. Talia would have turned 14 years old next month.