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CoverGirl’s Most Inspiring New Face: A Makeup Artist Fighting Cancer

Wed, October 17, 2012 10:14am EDT by 4 Comments
Courtesy of Covergirl

Talia Joy Castellano, who became a YouTube sensation thanks to her makeup video tutorials, has become an honorary face for the iconic brand — Get all the details here!

Talia, 13, learned the news during an interview with Ellen Degeneres, and CoverGirl released a campaign-style image bearing her face October 17!

The teenager started experimenting with makeup when she was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma six years ago. To date, she’s attracted over 14 million viewers to her video blog. The seventh grader said her popular makeup tutorials were conceived out of her distaste for wearing wigs. ‘I don’t like wigs, they’re so, I dunno… When I have on a wig I feel, not fake, just not me’, she explains. ‘When I put on my makeup I feel like I can embrace those features that I really like about myself. I feel if someone’s looking at me, they’re looking at my makeup, not looking at my bald head….I am just trying to make young girls, young adults, adults, anyone, feel beautiful by using make-up,’ she adds.

Talia now has neuroblastoma and leukemia ‘at the same time’, giving her only four months to one year to live. But that doesn’t stop her from having one of the most amazing spirits we’ve ever seen! When asked how she stays so positive, Talia quoted a line Ellen Degeneres said in her role as Dory in Finding Nemo: ‘When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed?’ she said. ‘I mean a little fishy told me, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”‘

Although Talia is not sure what her next steps are, but she promises to continue her videos, and says ‘I hope you guys understand where I’m coming from, not wanting to do [a] transplant’.

‘I’ve gotten so many benefits from [cancer]. Having a YouTube channel, having to inspire people and having people look up to me… I adore, I love makeup, using it as my wig… it’s amazing… the journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an end.

HollywoodLifers, do YOU think Talia is the most inspiring 13-year-old ever? Sound off below!

— Jennifer Tzeses

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