YouTube Makeup Star (and Cancer Patient) Talia Castellano Creates a Clothing Line

05/14/2013 at 12:00 PM ET

Talia Covergirl Bald Chick

Talia Castellano is only 13, but she’s already been featured on PEOPLE and on Ellen, been made an honorary CoverGirl — and her YouTube channel has garnered more than 40 million views.

She has also been fighting cancer for nearly half her life, and is back in the hospital getting further treatment after deciding against a bone marrow transplant last year.

But Talia isn’t going to let these setbacks keep her from pursuing her two loves: makeup and fashion. After getting tons of attention for her instructional makeup videos (she coined the slogan “Makeup Is My Wig”), she turned her attention to pursuing a clothing line, called “That Bald Chick,” with designer Urbana Chappa.

“I saw Talia on the Ellen show and I was very touched by her story,” Chappa tells PEOPLE of their collaboration. “Being a cancer survivor, it was close to home for me … I saw on her bucket list she wanted to be a designer, so I decided to help her do it. When she got the email she was so excited … When I was in Florida these past days revealing the collection, her heart monitor beeped so fast because she was so happy about seeing her designs come to life.”

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Talia, who has also been pursuing her love of style via “fashion haul” vlogs, says of this new opportunity, “I don’t think it’s been challenging, its been fun. I never made a switch. I think makeup is fashion and fashion is makeup.”

Says Chappa of their partnership, “I didn’t feel I was working with a teenager! She has a great work ethic [and] she knows what she likes. If she doesn’t like it she will tell you!” The two worked together picking out just the right materials to use for the designs, which you can see them showing off (including Talia’s favorite piece, the jean jacket) in her Florida hospital room, below.

When the pieces are finally produced, Talia tells us she’d like to pair the jacket with a high-waisted circle skirts and one of her Ban.Dos. And she has big plans for the line: “I’d like to see it in Paris and Target!” she says.

That Bald Chick is currently headed into production, so keep an eye out for its debut collection within the next few months — and keep an eye on her YouTube channel, where we’re sure she’ll be providing updates. Then tell us: What do you think of Tali’s story?

–Alex Apatoff

Talia Covergirl Bald ChickCourtesy Talia Castellano

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Cosmetics , Fashion
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Carmen on

God bless you Talia!! You are a strong, beautiful, and creative girl. I love your style and pray that God will touch and heal you. May God give you and your family strength now and in the days ahead. I hope all your dreams come true!! God bless!!

Liza on

Sophia … What’s wrong with her makeup? Notice how SOME people ave to say something negative before saying something positive.

Jenna on

she’s adorable

Becky on

Best wiahes to her..Liza, just learning to read huh?

Rachael on


Sarah on

This is in reply to K: I am thoroughly disgusted by your comment. If you read the article, it indicates that makeup is her wig. It doesn’t matter if YOU like it K…this girl is amazing and doesn’t need YOU judging her. What a tasteless comment, shame on you K. Talia is a real inspiration, good for her!! :)

Loz on

Wow! This girl is still living & breathing? AWESOME! I recall her saying that doctors didn’t believe she would make it to Christmas, and yet she is still alive 5 months later? Just goes to show how wrong Doctors can be sometimes (:

Josh on

Talia. You are a HUGE encouragement. Thank you for following your dreams and doing what The Lord wants. As you make HIM Lord and Saviour of your life, you will see amazing things transpire in and through your life.

tillie on

Beautiful girl but she does not need all that makeup.That’s a little too much

Wanda on

Great work Talia, continue to be strong, best of luck in all that you do. Take care, keep smiling, love your make-up, you’re beautiful!!!!

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