Talia Joy Castellano is a charming, well-spoken twelve-year-old who does genuinely impressive makeup tutorials on YouTube. She’s also had cancer since 2007, which has left her bald. She explains her fondness for makeup by referring to it as her “wig.”

Talia was recently diagnosed with a second form of cancer, which she announced yesterday in a devastatingly frank video. She sys, “I’ve been [dealing with cancer] for over five years. And I’m also almost 13, so my doctors and my parents are very open about these types of things. And I’m a very strong person when it comes to dealing with what I’m being told and taking it in very easily. But… basically… there’s not really a lot of options for treatment anymore.” Her current condition leaves here with less than a year to live.

It’s impossible to write about pediatric cancer as if it’s anything other than deeply sad but this little girl is also amazing. She’s the opposite of most of the stuff we cover on a daily basis: guileless, tenacious and big-hearted. She’s also really, really good at makeup. This is Talia’s YouTube channel. All of her videos are pretty wonderful.

Here she is doing Nicki Minaj in the “Super Bass” video:


(Jezebel via HuffPo)