Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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.
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.