Talia Joy Castellano, the teen who inspired thousands with her YouTube makeup tutorials, has lost her battle with cancer.
Along with makeup tutorials, Talia posted a hauntingly accurate video one year ago, in which she shared her doctors’ prediction that she likely had a couple of months to a year left of precious life.
Almost a year later, on July 16, she passed away.
While Talia brought viewers to YouTube with her makeup tutorials, it was her unrelenting positive outlook and willingness to follow her dreams that captured everyone’s hearts.
An aspiring makeup artist, one of Talia’s dreams was to meet Ellen Degeneres, who had Talia on her show last year and announced her as an honorary CoverGirl.
In a video posted after her death, Talia’s sister thanked all her fans for helping Talia accomplish her dreams – and promises to do everything she can to make Talia’s other dreams – like having her own makeup line – come true as well. "I’m going to make that happen for her," she said.
Talia once said, ‘every journey has to come to an end,” but even though her journey has, her legacy hasn’t.
-Katharine Watts, associate web editor