By TAMARA ABRAHAM and OLIVIA FLEMING
A 13-year-old cancer sufferer, who became a YouTube star thanks to her inspired make-up video tutorials, has become an honorary face of CoverGirl.
Talia Joy Castellano was thrilled to learn the news last month during an interview with Ellen Degeneres, and today, the beauty giant released a campaign-style image bearing her face.
The teenager, who developed an interest in make-up six years ago, when she was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma, has attracted over 14million viewers to her video blog.
This summer, however, Talia uploaded a post announcing she now has 'neuroblastoma and leukemia at the same time'.
Although she says 'the chances of surviving are fewer than surviving,' she will continue her videos 'for as long as I can.'
Despite the harrowing diagnosis, Talia was bursting with positivity and energy when she appeared on Ms DeGeneres' show.
Clearly in awe of the host and the standing ovation she was greeted with, her eyes welled up at the beginning.
'I'm shaking I love you so much!' she admitted.
Indeed, when asked how she stays so positive, Talia quoted a line Ms Degeneres said in her role as Dory in Finding Nemo.
'When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed?' she said. 'I mean a little fishy told me, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!"'
Of course, the admiration was mutual, and Ms Degeneres, in turn could not praise Talia enough.
'I'll keep telling you that too,' she replied. 'I'm so glad that a fish told you that.
'You really are quite something,' she continued. '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.'