Talia Joy Castellano has been creating beauty videos for the past six years, and has risen to become one of the ultimate YouTube beauty stars. The 13-year-old has also been battling terminal cancer for six years. Seen as a beacon of hope and inspiration for many, the young star has had many dreams come true -- including meeting Ellen DeGeneres last year and becoming an honorary Cover Girl. But now, she gets to add one more dream to her accomplished list: fashion designer.
In the past few weeks, while in bed at home in Orland, Florida, she has been creating a new teen fashion line called That Bald Chick with the help of Urbana Chappa, a Spanish-Persian designer whose latest collection debuted at New York Fashion Week.
“I wanted to create a fashion line for teens that is trendy,” Talia told NBCLatino.com. “I’m hoping to inspire young teens to express themselves through their fashion. I’m excited to have created this collection and will forever get to share it with the world!”
Chappa, 33, was inspired when she first saw Talia on TV.
“It was very close to home for me — I had cancer when I was in my early twenties,” says Chappa. “Then my children were on my phone and her photo popped up on Instagram. I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is a sign.’ I went to her YouTube page, and I heard on her bucket list that she wanted to be a fashion designer.”
After some email exchanges, Chappa flew to Orlando and brough fashion books and swatches.
“We sketched 16 pieces, and we chose about 14, and I came back to LA and in two weeks, we put it together,” says Chappa, who taught Talia how to draw outfits on pre-made model cutouts. “We were on a very short time crunch with her being so sick we didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s been amazing. We have so much fun.”
They're hoping to get the line in a national chain like Target. Chappa hopes it will not only allow Talia to see another dream come true, but that it will also help with things like medical bills. But Chappa admits it hasn't only been strictly business -- the young teen has taught her a few things as well.
“She would say, it doesn’t matter if you are dying or homeless, if you have dreams do not give up,” says Chappa. “She wants kids and people to fight harder. I’ve been through a lot, and she’s taught me to not sweat the little stuff.”