DEATHS | TALIA JOY CASTELLANO, 13

‘That Bald Chick’ Talia Joy Castellano dies at 13

 

kkallergis@MiamiHerald.com

YouTube makeup artist and Internet sensation Talia Joy Castellano died July 16 after a six-year battle with cancer.

She was 13.

Talia, who lived in Orlando, had accomplished a few things on her bucket list, including becoming a fashion designer with her collection That Bald Chick. She had more than 600,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, Make Up Is My Wig, and continued posting videos while she was in the hospital.

She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2007 and pre-leukemia in 2012.

Talia had recently developed four new brain tumors that worsened her condition to the point where no more could be done, her spokeswoman Aashna Moitra said in an email.

“Although we are devastated that Talia, the little bundle of positivity, has left us, we are relieved that her long battle with such a painful ailment has finally ended, giving her a much deserved respite,” Moitra wrote.

Talia was in the hospital when she created her fashion line with L.A. designer Urbana Chappa. “Even through her last project, That Bald Chick, all Talia wanted to do was help smaller girls like herself feel fashionable ... Her life was truly lived for others and that’s how she found her fulfillment,” Moitra wrote.

“One of Talia’s wishes that remained unfulfilled due to her limited time was to get her clothing line into a national retail store so her legacy could live on. We are still working tirelessly to have this done for her.”

Since her passing, her fans have submitted photos of them completing items on Talia’s bucket list using #taliasbucketlist on Twitter and Facebook— activities such as dancing in the rain, adding color to a room and going parasailing.

Bahamian musical group the Gospel Boys wrote and recorded a song in her honor and posted it on YouTube.

Ellen DeGeneres, who had Talia on The Ellen Show and who made her an honorary CoverGirl, tweeted the following: “This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia’s family. I’m so sad.”

DeGeneres dedicated her July 18 show to Talia.

A tribute event is being planned in the Orlando area on Aug. 18, Talia’s birthday.

For more information, visit the Angels for Talia Facebook page at www.facebook.com/angelsfortalia and the That Bald Chick website at www.thatbaldchick.net.

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