Teen cancer patient becomes CoverGirl model

October 19, 2012, 9:05 amlifestylechannels

Teen cancer patient and video make-up tutorial star Talia Castellano has been made an honourary CoverGirl model.


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Talia Castellano's CoverGirl shot

A 13-year-old girl suffering from two types of cancer has been chosen as a model for beauty brand CoverGirl, after her blog and makeup tutorial videos gained international recognition and an appearance on US talk show Ellen.

Talia Joy Castellano was diagnosed with neuroblastoma six years ago and recently discovered she also has leukemia. She became interested in make-up when she lost her hair to chemotherapy and didn’t want to wear a wig.

"I don't like wigs, they're so, I dunno...When I have on a wig I feel, not fake, just not me", Talia says in one video. She started posting tutorials of her make-up looks online and has gained an army of followers, racking up more than 14 million views on her YouTube video blog.

"When I put on my make-up I feel like I can embrace those features that I really like about myself," she explains. "I feel if someone's looking at me, they're looking at my make-up, not looking at my bald head."

"I am just trying to make young girls, young adults, adults, anyone, feel beautiful by using makeup."

The brave teen appeared on Ellen Degeneres’ US talk show recently, where she was thrilled to meet the chat show host and was given a poster of her CoverGirl image.

In recent video posts, Talia has revealed to her fans that she has few treatment options left and is trying to decide whether to have a bone marrow transplant or not. Refusing the treatment would give her between four months and a year to live but she thinks after "so many surgeries it’s crazy" to put her body through another.

"I'm going to decide whether or not I want to do the bone marrow transplant, or whether or not I just don't do it and live the time I have remaining," she says in the video, showing wisdom well beyond her years.

"This is not fair to me anymore. I'm only 13. I shouldn't have to be doing this...it's really not fair for kids to have cancer. It really frickin sucks."

But she adds, "I've gotten so many benefits from [cancer]. Having a YouTube channel, having to inspire people and having people look up to me...I adore, I love make-up, using it as my wig...it's amazing...the journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an end.

"Having cancer has been a gift, but it's a horrible, horrible thing."

Ellen was just as touched to meet Talia, telling the inspiring teen that she really was "quite something."

"There's a depth to your soul that is not a 13-year-old soul. You’re an old soul and you are very special and amazing, and I’m so honored that you wanted to meet me and that I got to meet you."

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  1. Duncan Oliver05:59pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    im glad she so honest at the age she is with what she has cause most people like her and myself have to fake been ok around people cause not many people can understand the way someone could not want to have an operation that maybe cure them cause thay dont understand that risk involed are when having them it not just death that stop someone it also the fact that seem cures leave you very weak phyical and immunetiy wise and even worst then that some cares are just not worth the way they may leave you feel even after some they may help you liv longer but in doing so may make you not being able to do the thing your be able to do with out doing it also its a very lonely life not cause you may not have any friend or just cause it become harder to trust people

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  2. MD05:13pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Wow. She is absolutely beautiful. A stunning girl, with lots of courage and bravery.

  3. Stephen05:10pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    I agree, wigs are so....... You look stuning the way you present yourself and deserve to be a covergirl. You give this cancer thing a good fight.

  4. Colin05:02pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Yes you do. You look really fantastic. I know it aint easy I have had cancer and it has changed my life but, life goes on. I wish you so much my dear girl. I hope it all works out.

  5. Lou04:24pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    What a stunning little lady. I know Cancer sucks sweetheart, Ive been there too. It does make you a stronger person though. xxxxx

  6. Kumara Patch03:51pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Really beautiful girl; her beauty shines from inside. Why does He take the best, and leaves the rest? It's because He needs her light in heaven.

  7. Louise03:25pm Friday 19th October 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Talia - You look Beautiful Darling, and you deserve to be a cover girl for you bravery. You are an Angel in disguise. Beauty comes from the eyes, and you certainly have it in yours.


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