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Talia Castellano, the makeup guru who became an honorary Cover Girl with the help of talk show host and comedienne Ellen Degeneres, passed away this morning at 13 years old.
Talia of Orlando Florida was fighting an aggressive, stage 4 cancer called neuroblastoma. That was in 2007 when she was 7 years old. She was in remission but for over a year but eventually the cancer came back. In 2012, the cancer spread to her bones and she developed leukemia.
During this time, Talia decided to stop wearing her wigs and rock her baldie and she used makeup to foster self confidence. Eventually Castellano started taping herself applying makeup and she became a YouTube star. One of her videos reached over 8 million views and several others over 500,000. In one of the YouTube videos Talia said that it was her dream to meet Ellen Degeneres and do her makeup. Talia asked her YouTube viewers to reach out to Ellen to help make her wish come true.
In 2012, it did. While on the show, Ellen announced that CoverGirl was inspired by Castellano’s story and decided to make her an honorary CoverGirl and also gave her a $20,000 check. That same year, Talia posted a video basically telling her YouTube followers that she had very very little chance of surviving.
She had this to say about her journey.
“Having cancer has been a gift, yet a horrible, horrible terrifying thing,” she added. “But I’ve gotten so many benefits from it … having a YouTube channel and having to inspire people and having people look up to me and explaining to you guys how I adore and love makeup — using it as my wig — and having so much self-confidence and going out to the grocery store without a wig. It’s amazing but the journey of having cancer was amazing but every journey has an end.”
Today, CoverGirl’s Ellen and Sofia Vergara shared their condolences for Talia’s family. Sofia wrote this message:
My heart and thoughts are with Talia, the most beautiful & inspiring @Covergirl ever and with her loving family and friends #RIPTalia.
We share that same sentiment. Rest in Peace Talia. Thanks for inspiring us.
A diva is the female version of a hustler. – Beyonce
Looking at celebrities, it’s quite easy to see the glitz and glam, but not the hard work it took to achieve success. There definitely are some who have it a little easier as they might come from wealth, or had a guaranteed foot in the door. There are, however, many who had to work hard to build their brand after failed ventures, personal struggles, or whatever else made their road to success bumpy.
The name of the game is longevity and it often comes by diversifying both your talents and reach. If you have been looking for ideas to grow your business opportunities, take a look at these celebs and how they grew their empires.
Celebrities seemingly live the good life with millions of adoring fans and millions more in the bank. When tragedy strikes their lives and they unexpectedly lose a loved one, we are reminded that stars are human after all and mourn just like us.
Rapper/singer/actress Queen Latifah suffered a personal loss during the early stages in her rap career. Back in 1992, the Newark native’s world was rocked when her older brother Lancelot was killed while riding the very same motorcycle his famous baby sister recently purchased for him. 20 years after his death, Queen Latifah, still struggles with her grief and said losing her brother “was like suffering an amputation.”
Most celebs are some good-looking folks. And while we enjoy their brand of attractive for as long as they’re in the spotlight, who is going to carry on that beautiful tradition in the years to come? Babies, babies and more babies. With news of some of Hollywood’s most attractive people hopping on the baby train in 2013, we decided to take a look at 15 wildly pretty couples who we can’t wait to bring a little one into the world. And no we’re not trying to perpetuate the whole baby mama/baby daddy phenomenon that’s going on, we’re just saying these folks will have some cute babes worth talking about whether they decide to put marriage before the carriage or not.
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Being a curvy woman myself, I must admit that I love seeing healthy thick chicks doing their thing! As much as men like to swoon over women with a little extra to hold on to, most women appreciate ladies who can still be hot and desirable without being stick thin. We come in all shapes and sizes of sensuality, and when it comes to brick house bangers, here are 9 of my curvy girl crushes.
Colombian actress Sofia Vergara just turned 40, and her life keeps getting better and better. She celebrated her birthday with a luxurious weeklong Mexican getaway and is engaged to long-time boyfriend Nick Loeb. Her birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without her multi-million dollar money game.
Forbes reports that her diverse and successful profile — along with $19 million in earnings between May 2011 and May 2012 – wins her the top spot on the list of the year’s highest-earning television actresses in the U.S. She beats Kim Kardashian, who came in second by $1 million.
You may have seen the actress in movies such as Four Brothers, and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail. But she shines on the ABC hit show Modern Family, which averages 12 million viewers in its third season. Vergara also reigns in Spanish and English endorsement and licensing deals and has a Kmart endorsed clothing line. Not to mention that LatinWE, the media company she cofounded in 1996, recently made $27 million in revenues.
In earning her millions, Vergara found love with American audiences without excluding her Latina roots; she also boasts a positive Q Score over twice that of the average celebrity. Forbes notes that she boasts an unrivaled appeal among Hispanics and is the biggest cross-over star since Desi Arnaz.
Vergara’s come a long way from her childhood roots on a farm in Barranquilla, Colombia. And she still has much on the table to accomplish. This summer she’s producing a reality dating show, Ready for Love, and the campy Devious Maids was already picked up by Lifetime. The show is an English adaptation of the Mexican telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar. It will star Latina leads Ana Ortiz from Ugly Betty, Judy Reyes from Scrubs and Dania Ramirez from Heroes.
Deserve may not be the best word in this instance so let me rephrase. Did Vanity Fair miss the mark—again—by leaving Kerry Washington off of their “Special TV Issue” cover?
In the May issue, the magazine pays homage to the rise of the female cast lead with Julianna Margulies Claire Danes, Sofía Vergara, and Michelle Dockery, the stars of “The Good Wife,” “Homeland,” “Modern Family,” and “Downtown Abby,” respectively, gracing the cover. Inside is a spread that has many feeling like the days when coloreds had to come in through the back door as Kerry Washington and two other minorities, Grace Park and Archie Panjabi, share space with Emily Deschanel, Emmy Rosum, Emily Vancamp, and Kat Dennings, the stars of other prime-time series on ABC, NBC, and CBS. You can either look at this issue in its entirety and think only the biggest female television stars were put on the cover and that’s why Kerry Washington was not, or you can assume Kerry’s color prevented her from snagging the coveted position. Undoubtedly, the decision that led to things appearing as they do involves a little bit of both—how much of each I can’t say.
The thing is Julianna, Claire, Sofía, and Michelle are well established in their shows and as television actresses so it makes sense for them to be on the cover, and if we’re looking at this as an example of Hollywood white-washing, Sofía’s presence is at least one mark on the diversity tally. Kerry Washington’s show “Scandal” hasn’t even debuted yet, but on the other hand, she is the only black woman headlining a show on a major television network this season, that show is being created and produced by yet another black woman, Shonda Rhimes, and it is based on the true professional story of a very successful black woman, Judy Smith. Those three factors would lead me to believe Kerry would have at least some merit to be featured front and center (or at least have her show’s title be listed on the cover as many of the others are) but as Dodai Stewart points out on Jezebel, “it would seem that the magazine takes great pains to insure that a black person does not end up on the cover.” And by cover, we’re not just talking this one. As recent as January, Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones were the only black people to grace the mag’s Hollywood issue and in 2010, a lot of fuss was made over the fact that nine white women were deemed the face of New Hollywood.
Part of me feels like why should I expect Vanity Fair or anyone who’s not black to understand how big Kerry’s role is. Do I really take note of white milestones? I’m not really sure there are too many left to be made, but you get the point. It’s not surprising that the editors wouldn’t pick up on the opportunity to showcase what could be a huge breakout role for her, and when I think about that factor, I tend to agree with the sentiment a lot of people have, which is do we need them too?
Whenever a discussion like this comes up, people question why we’re looking for validation by mainstream/white America, but I don’t think our grumblings are necessarily rooted in that. I personally think we just want balance. If a black woman who commits a crime can be sprawled across the national evening news and on the cover of newspapers worldwide, then when a black woman treads new positive ground in the entertainment industry she should be given that same amount of attention. A lot of the frustration surrounding situations like this is also the fact that it makes us question if we’ll ever break through the colored ceiling. We don’t need white people’s acceptance to have a sense of pride about ourselves or to celebrate our own achievements but we do need white people to acknowledge when we’re doing something that doesn’t fit into their narrow ideals of black life and abilities because that acknowledgement trickles down into so many other aspects of our daily lives. On one hand we’re talking about something as trivial as a magazine cover, on the other we’re talking about something as significant as not seeing all black women as unattractive, unemployed, sexually promiscuous, violent, angry, and any other negative stereotype pressed upon us. We need to be seen in a different light on this level so that when it comes down to serious issues about ill treatment towards black women our humanity, and uniqueness, and diversity as a cultural group is seen, not just the images they want to see or want us to believe about ourselves. When mainstream media doesn’t recognize someone who obviously doesn’t fit the stereotypical mode, it makes us wonder whether they see it at all.
I’m not totally convinced that Kerry’s absence from this cover was a huge racial slight but I won’t hesitate to make a mental note about Vanity Fair’s continual avoidance of black women on their covers. Publishing is a business at the end of the day and the editors have to cater to their demographic, but they should be conscious of the fact that they could be missing out on a chance to expand their readership by literally adding a little more color to their covers. I’m personally going to wait to see just how successful “Scandal” becomes and monitor mainstream media’s coverage of her, then I think we can make a more educated opinion about whether, as Clutch writer Britni Danielle said, “this is just another example of Hollywood welcoming black actors into the fold, but keeping them on the fringes.”
Do you think Vanity Fair should have placed Kerry Washington on their “Special TV Issue” cover?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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With another awards show under Hollywood’s belt, it’s only natural that we do our part and
congratulate judge the actors even further. You know why you’re here…it’s time for another ‘Best Dressed’ list featuring some of Hollywood’s most fabulous women of color! On Sunday, most of these ladies opted for a variation of white or black gowns, but some folks chose a pop of color. Check out our favorite looks as well as some we we’re not too crazy about.
Regardless of how you feel about the tiny shorts and tinier tank top wearing waitresses at the chain boasting “the best wings,” Hooters has apparently been a jumping-off point for a handful of celebs. Keep reading to see which of your favorite celebs started out serving wings, and ended up on the red carpet.