Monday, May 28, 2007

Gia Carangi - The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia

Book title: Thing of Beauty – The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia
Author: Stephen Fried
Published: 1993

Ok, I’ve finally finished reading a biography about this world’s once famous supermodel. Her name was Gia Carangi (Italian, Welsh and Irish ancestry) and she was among the world’s highest paid and sought after supermodel of late 70s to early 80s.

Gia’s stat:

Name: Gia Marie Carangi
Born: Jan 19, 1960
Died: Nov 18, 1986
Height: 5ft 8 inches
Bust: 34
Waist: 24
Hips: 35½
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

She was 17 when she’s first discovered while working in her father’s luncheonette in Philadelphia and by the time she’s 18, she stormed the fashion world, jetsetting around the globe and became the darling of moguls & movie stars, royalty and rockers.

Her striking features have made her a ‘hit’ among the world’s famous fashion photographers including:

Francesco Scavullo
Arthur Elgort
Richard Avedon
Chris von Wangenheim

However, her fame was short-lived when she succumbed to the deadly disease: AIDS! Many believe that her addiction with drugs had contributed to her downfall. Her death was not widely publicized and she was among one of the first women in US to die of AIDS. On November 18, 1986 at 10.00 am, 26-year-old Gia Carangi died.

In 1993, a biography of her life written by Stephen Fried hit the bookstands and the following 1998, a biographical movie titled “GIA”, starred by Angelina Jolie, was released by HBO.

Prior to the death of Gia Carangi, a 22-year-old Cindy Crawford
emerged as the new 'IT' girl in the fashion world. She was nicknamed as the new "Baby Gia."

Gia's pictures:

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* drug gives you a taste of heaven but it leaves hell on its wake. Once hooked into it, you're on your way to perdition. HEALTHY LIFE ROCKS, STAY AWAY FROM DRUG!


  1. hello. may i know where do you bought the book? i had search of it all over the place, still can't find it. i hope you could help. thank you.

    1. It's not mine. It's my friend's. Try online. Hope you'll find it. Good luck :)


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