Just a day after her death from cancer at the age of 13, miniature make-up maven and honorary CoverGirl Talia Joy Castellano was remembered by her family for the enduring impact she left during her too-short life.
“She was funny, caring, inspirational, talented – very talented,” her mother, Desiree Castellano, said on the Today Show, Wednesday.
“She loved every single one of her fans, and she always wanted to give back to them,” Talia’s sister, Mattia Castellano, said on the morning show.
Talia battled neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, for six years before her death on Tuesday morning. The Orlando teen’s tutorials on Youtube drew more than 40 million views. Over the course of her cancer diagnosis and treatment, the video posts by the spunky Talia, who shunned wearing a wig after losing her hair, became about more than just makeup and inspired people across the world, including celebrities.
In October 2012, Talia appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where it was announced she had been made an honorary CoverGirl for the cosmetics company. She was sent by the show to cover a radio festival in Las Vegas, where she got to hang out with Justin Bieber.
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 began pouring in immediately on social media when Talia’s family announced her passing on her official Facebook page, Angels for Talia, saying that she had “earned her wings” at 11:22 a.m. She would have turned 14 in August.
“She said she wanted to make her mark,” Talia’s father, Marc Winthrop, told Today, “and she did that.”