Who is Talia Joy Castellano?
On February 14, 2007, at the age of seven, Talia Joy Castellano was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, form of childhood cancer. After three relapses and a diagnosis of the secondary cancer, MDS/preleukemia, Talia continued to fight two forms of cancer. She continued treatments knowing there was no cure, but hoped to slow down the progression to prolong her life. After six and a half years, on July 16, 2013 at 11:22am, Talia Joy Castellano lost her battle to childhood cancer.
Throughout her battle, Talia never stopped dreaming. She loved people, shopping, music, the beach, watching YouTube, fashion, social media and most of all makeup! Talia started using makeup when she was seven years old, after she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She came up with the motto, “Makeup is My Wig.” Combining all of her loves into one, Talia started her own YouTube channel, called Taliajoy18. Talia gave her subscribers makeup tutorials and uploaded vlogs that shed light on her cancer. She now has over 1,000,000 subscribers and continues to attract followers who view her YouTube videos. She continues to inspire people to live their lives to the fullest and to love themselves as they are.
Talia has been featured on numerous national television shows. In September 2012, Talia had the privilege of being on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Here she was bestowed the honor of becoming an honorary Cover Girl. She had the opportunity to report from the IHeart Radio concert for Ellen.
Talia saw this as her chance to shine, a way to leave behind a legacy for her fans, friends and family. Talia wanted “to leave her footprints and hand prints” on this world so she will never be forgotten.