The day after Talia Joy Castellano died, her family is speaking out. They went on the “Today Show,” where they explained how the honorary CoverGirl was an extraordinary person. The 13-year-old makeup enthusiast succumbed to an aggressive cancer that she was diagnosed with at 7.
"She was funny, caring, inspirational, talented -- very talented," People magazine quoted her mother, Desiree Castellano, saying about the impact Talia made during her all-too short time on earth. "She loved every single one of her fans, and she always wanted to give back to them," Talia's sister, Mattia Castellano, reportedly added on the morning show.
Talia rose to fame by becoming a YouTube sensation for her makeup tutorials, which garnered more than 40 million views, according to People magazine. Her upbeat personality and bright smile warmed hearts and earned her a spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In response to the young teenager’s passing, DeGeneres sent out a tweet: "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 brave little girl, who battled stage 4 neuroblastoma for more than six years, chose not to wear wigs and instead her motto was “Makeup is my wig.”
CoverGirl vice president and general manager Esi Eggleston Bracey released the following statement after Talia's tragic death, according to Eonline.com: "Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
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"We are honored to have known Talia and grateful for all the ways she showed us what true beauty means. She inspired millions with her strength, personality and talent. Talia has touched our CoverGirl family forever, and we're thankful to have been a part of her life.”