YouTube sensation Talia Castellano honored by fashion line
Fashion line complete after teen loses battle with cancer
YouTube star and honorary CoverGirl Talia Castellano's videos have been viewed millions of times, and now her legacy is getting one more boost: a fashion line.
According to the LA Times, Castellano's 'That Bald Chick' line is complete.
Castellano, an Orlando resident, recently lost her battle with neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, after battling the disease for about 6 years. She inspired countless others with her sunny attitude, and her YouTube makeup tutorial videos. Castellano loved to express herself using makeup, instead of wearing a wig.
Castellano also loved fashion, and with the help of Los Angeles designer Urbana Chappa, was working on her own fashion line. After her death, Chappa continued to work with Castellano's older sister to make sure her dream became a reality.
“I am a cancer survivor and her story was very close to me. I was amazed by how strong and brave she was [even though] she knew she was going to die one day. I was going to send her something from my collection. But when I saw that she wanted to be a designer, I thought, ‘I would love to help her,’” said Chappa in an interview.
The now-finished 'Bald Chick Collection' features Castellano's designs and collaborations under 'That Bald Chick'. The lookbook for the line shows brightly colored pieces with body cutouts, embellishments, studs, and unusual patterns.
Castellano's mother has said Castellano wanted to help other teenagers feel stylish, especially those who are petite, like herself. She also wanted the line to reach out to other children battling cancer.
Chappa said she plans to sell the clothes online and is hoping Target picks the line up; Castellano dreamed her clothing would one day be sold there.
Proceeds from the collection will go to her family to pay for outstanding medical bills, and to establish a cancer foundation.
For a sneak peek at her designs, click here.