Beauty blogger Karina Xavier dies of cancer at 15
Popular beauty blogger Karina Xavier passed away Thursday at the age of 15 after battling bone cancer. The Brazilian teenager gained recognition through her Chic by Karina makeup blog in which she shared tips, fashion advice, and recipes. Karina also befriended celebrities like singer Taylor Swift and model Gisele Bundchen, a fellow Brazilian who met and had her makeup done by the young pro.
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Karina had been suffering complications and was recently keeping everyone up to date with her hopes of leaving the hospital soon. Unfortunately, her condition only worsened and a message posted on her Facebook page Thursday announced that the little fashionista had died.
"This morning God took our beautiful Karina. This is a tough time but we know she is in a better place, in peace. Her legacy will live on forever, and she will always be remembered.
July 1st, 1998 - October 2nd, 2014 we love you Karina. Forever in our hearts."
Karina built such a following and her passing comes as a sad conclusion to her story. Upon hearing of her passing, Bundchen shared a beautiful photo of the two with her thoughts on the news.
"Last year I met a special girl, she inspired me and so many others with her strength, [positivity] and love for life. Today she became an angel. RIP @chicbykarina. Sending all my love to her family," she wrote.
I have to give it to Karina. Not only did she face her situation with grace and bravery, but she didn't let it stop her from her pursuing her passions. She might have had too short a time on earth, but she made the most of what she was given. She was beautiful on the outside and from the words others are sharing about the teen, seems to have radiated that beauty right from within. She even caught the attention of one of the hottest models on the planet! What many of us wouldn't give to have a makeup play date with Bundchen and have her be inspired by our work.
Rest in peace, little Karina. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.