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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  (complications from AIDS)
Birth NameGia Marie Carangi
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gia Carangi was born on January 29, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Gia Marie Carangi. She died on November 18, 1986 in Philadelphia.

Trivia (17)

She was a favorite model of top fashion photographers Arthur Elgort, Francesco Scavullo and Helmut Newton.
Just after her 18th birthday, in January 1978, she was signed by Wilhelmina Models, New York.
Author Stephen Fried wrote "Thing of Beauty" based on her life. It was published in 1993.
Attended Abraham Lincoln High School in the north east of Philadelphia.
Her parents were of Italian and Irish/Welsh descent.
Was ranked #28 on Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel".
She was the face for Armani, Christian Dior, Versace between 1979 till 1982
Her last magazine cover was for Cosmopolitan in 1982 a gift from photographer Francesco Scavullo
The song "Gia" by the punk rock band Fabulous Disaster is about her.
Was portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the HBO movie Gia (1998).
Was a David Bowie fanatic.
Loved partying at New York's Studio 54.
Was blacklisted from modeling because fashion editors discovered track marks on her body. At twenty-six, she became one of the first women in America to die of AIDS.
One of the first supermodels to create unique poses and gestures for the camera.
Her sexuality was often controversial, but she was known for always being involved in emotional relationships with women.
She was infamous for her rebel attitude which was portrayed in a lot of her photographs.
Was close friend of Janice Dickinson.

Personal Quotes (4)

It kind of creeps up on you, in a world that's, you know, none that anyone will ever know, except someone that has been there. [on her drug abuse during her ABC 20/20 (1978) interview in the early 1980s]
I think God has a plan for me, but I don't think it's in this life.
I felt very close to Wilhelmina, it was a great loss for me ... she was just a great person to have in my life ... her death was a terrible loss to me.
Life and death, energy and peace. If I stop today it was still worth it. Even the terrible mistakes that I made and would have unmade if I could. The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it, for having been allowed to walk where I've walked, which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, and above

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