Celebrities took to Twitter on Tuesday as news of Talia Castellano's passing was made public. The 13-year-old succumbed to cancer after being diagnosed five years ago on Valentine's Day with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that develops in the nerve tissue of children and infants. Stars such as actress KeKe Palmer, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and reality star Kendall Jenner mourned her death.
R.I.P Talia Castellano, I'll miss you http://t.co/nyg92Oo0dM
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIlMIINAJ) July 17, 2013
R.I.P Talia Castellano, I'll miss youu http://t.co/QWevvyJTZu
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashearn) July 17, 2013
— Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) July 16, 2013
God bless Talia and her family, she will never be forgotten. http://t.co/8aFueiIOPV
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) July 16, 2013
This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia's family. I'm so sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 16, 2013
just heard about Talia. RIP beautiful. my thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones. stay strong, your little angel is watching over you
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) July 16, 2013
#RipTalia you inspired so many, including me.
— Ricki Lake (@RickiLake) July 16, 2013
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
The young girl appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" after becoming an Internet sensation with her makeup how-to videos, and she was an honorary face for the makeup brand CoverGirl (for which DeGeneres models) in September. During her childhood, Castellano endured rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell transplants and radiation. The strong, young girl proved that beauty comes in all forms. She chose not to wear wigs after losing all of her hair, and her slogan was "Makeup is my wig."
Castellano used YouTube as a way to inspire other women in similar daunting circumstances. She had her own channel, which she used to post makeup tutorials and words of inspiration, drawing 60,000 subscribers and more than 14 million viewers.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...