This will be the Biographical look at a former Disco Baby and Fashion Model from the late 1970's to early 1980' the present, hope you enjoy the ride as much as I have...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986) was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Carangi was considered by some to be the first supermodel although that title has also been given to others, including Janice Dickinson Dorian Leigh, and Jean Shrimpton. Cindy Crawford, who also appeared on the covers of fashion publications during her time, was later referred to as "Baby Gia" due to her resemblance to Carangi

Carangi was featured on the cover of fashion magazines, including Vogue, April 1, 1979; Vogue Paris, April 1979; American Vogue, August 1980; Vogue Paris, August 1980; Italian Vogue, January 1981; and several issues of Cosmopolitan between 1979 and 1982.

After she became addicted to heroin, Carangi's modeling career rapidly declined. She later became infected with HIV and died at the age of 26. Her death was not widely publicized and few people in the fashion industry knew of it. Carangi is thought to be one of the first famous women to die of AIDS. Gia, a biographical film starring Angelina Jolie, debuted on HBO in 1998.

Source:  Wikipedia

I remember "seeing" Gia once, while standing in the crowd in front of Studio 54 trying to get in.  A Limo dropped her off and she just walked straight in...I loved it.  It was December of 1978, by then I had only been "in" 54 nine times...not bad for a 17 year old.


  1. Saw the movie very sad...she was so very beautiful and yet so unhappy and the feeling of being unloved...

  2. Studio 54 nine times...impressive.

  3. Yes it is I think...just a regular joe in the crowd.

  4. -yes, she really wants to be loved by the people around her, especially her mom, she always felt like people are leaving her, though Sandy Linter (Linda in GIA) would stay with her, but she chose to be wth her addcition rather than Sandy, but still sandy loves her, but their love affair ended soon because of Gia's death caused by AIDS..

  5. -and to add...Angelina Jolie's acting in the GIA was superb..really cn't get through with the movie after watching's really a wonderful story and more lessons to be learned...

  6. Indeed it is...and true lesson to be learned even today as valuable as they were in the 80's. Addiction if a powerful thing which cause the lose of loved ones it is true. Even though Linda loved Gia, Gia could not love Gia and therefor lost the only Love she really had. But as a stated Linda loved her till the end.

  7. as you stated...etc sorry.

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  8. How can someone so beautiful be so miserable

  9. Unfortunately, beauty does not constitute healthy self esteem, I mean back in my day I was considered beautiful by many, yet I did not see it, I appreciated a compliment and could take one graciously. I love Gia because I see so much of myself in her…beauty but no love, not loved by my father as I wanted, ever, and not loved by others…sex, that was easy, but not love.
    In the 1980’s modeling and drugs were de rigueur, I will not go into the litany of drugs I did while modeling, but I will say my *book* was not about the photographers or designers clothes as it was, I was high on this or that…alas. Thank God things have changed *a little*
    It all goes back to self esteem, and how comfortable you are in your own skin. Beautiful or not…

  10. I watched the movie of Gia a couple times and even though it doesnt show the depth of all her emotions the thing that stood out the most to me was that Gia was still a kid just wanting to be loved by her mom and I in some ways look up to Gia she was such a beautiful person inside and out im only 18 but I wish I was born back when Gia was it would have been wonderful to have met her...