Thursday, 16 January 2014

Everyone saw the beauty, but no one saw the pain.

‘The first supermodel’
Gia Marie Carangi
Born: January 29, 1960 and died: November 18, 1986, aged 26. 
The real Gia Carangi away from the camera.

“When you’re young, you don’t always…y’know…it’s hard to make the difference between what is real and what is not real.”- Gia

After watching Gia (1998) which starred the beautiful and talented Angelina Jolie I have been captured by the tragic beauty. 
                                               Gia's only UK Vogue cover.  Photos by Alex Chatelain. 

After arriving in New York City at the age of 17, she quickly rose to be the iconic supermodel she was famous for. She was a favourite model of various famous fashion photographers, including Francesco Scavullo, Arthur Elgort, Joseph Petrellis, Richard Avedon, Denis Piel, Marco Glaviano, and Chris von Wangenheim. By the end of 1978, Carangi was already a well-established and in demand model. In an interview with 20/20, Carangi noted that, "I started working with very good people...I mean all the time, very fast. I didn’t build into a model, I just sort of became on’

Leading photographers like Arthur Elgort and Francesco Scavullo were captivated by her dark, sultry features. Gia was different. She was gay, and off duty she DE accentuated her enviable curves “There was something she had . . . no other girl has got it. I’ve never met a girl who had it,” Scavullo said. “She had the perfect body for modelling: perfect eyes, mouth, hair. And, to me, the perfect attitude: ‘I don’t give a damn.’”

Working with Gia could be chaotic and hectic however, and her antics are legendary: riding off, for instance, on the back of a stranger’s Harley-Davidson still wearing clothes from a shoot and it taking days for the clothes to be returned. Gia had this desire to shock, to be extravagant and wild. This soon was aggravated by drugs, with them getting more dangerous which led to her unfortunate downfall.

Gia sadly eventually contracted AIDS and died in 1986 at the age of 26. ‘The actress Angelina Jolie, who played Gia in a 1998 HBO biopic, later told The New York Times, “When she’s free and just being herself, she’s unbelievable; that’s the tragedy of her story. You think, ‘God, she didn’t need drugs—she was a drug.’ ” ’  
"I don’t know what killed her… but I know that there was sadness. There was something that was eating her inside always. And that one thing maybe took different form. It was a certain emptiness at first and then the emptiness turned into the addiction and then the addiction cured and it became a disease. So there was something inside there that was stronger than all of the rest and that somehow was eating her" - Diane Von Fürstenberg

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