Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986) was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Considered by some to be the first supermodel, she was featured on the cover of fashion magazines, including multiple editions of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and appeared in advertising campaigns for such fashion houses as Armani, Chanel, Christian Dior, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.
After she became addicted to heroin, Carangi's modeling career rapidly declined. She died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 26, becoming one of the first famous women to die of the disease. Her life was dramatized in the television film Gia, starring Angelina Jolie, which debuted on HBO in 1998.
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Gia was sexually abused (raped) when she was five years old… Gia's mother left her husband, home and children for another man… In 1985, Gia was badly beaten and raped by strangers…
Just think! If she got the therapy and help she needed! What would she be today! Models don't look like this today! These photos are raw and even with Gias makeup! I was just 16 when she passed away! Todays time I learned so much about her! She was a beauty alright, but there was lots of pain underneath! RIP!!
You can see the light had left her eyes. Heartbreaking and I have 1st hand experience of this misery from both sides of perception. Blessings and unconditional love to anyone struggling with addiction as an addict, parent, spouse etc. There is hope. May you be at peace Gia. 🙏🏻❤️😔
Always so saddened by her story and when I look at her. Exquisite pictures, thankyou! 2.04 and 3.40 among my favourites, just stunning! I think she had a timeless look that doesn't seem dated even now and with the fashion of that time. Dark and sultry yet classic. She was a lost person though that's evident and in the eyes, a great need to be loved and taken care of despite her wild, tough façade.
Tiny Dancer No thats rubbish i know former gias neighborhood from philadelphia And said that she wasnt doing such things she wasnt need it also unfortunately from the school era she was capable To buy the thing that destroy her as Come And go in the rehab. Why You are sharing false rumours For someone that cant defend herself
What's also quite interesting is to see how make up and hairbrushing can transform the way a woman looks. She was kind of a girl next door type but in her modeling shots she appears looking very glamorous, sophisticated and extremely different.
The only reason you people have convinced yourselves that Gia was prettier than Cindy is because she’s dead and therefore untouchable to you. You watched Cindy age, she’s more human. People WORSHIP dead celebrities and put them on a pedestal. Everybody knows that.
I loved the book on her life; I read it four times! Though her family and so-called friends were maddening, the book was a great read. The fact that she looks so masculine detracts from her looks, in my opinion.
One of the most beautiful women in the world! Her story is so sad. Angelina Joile's portrayal of Gia was excellent, however, Gia's beauty eclipsed Jolie's, (my opinion). Gia is at peace now.
Thank you for a wonderful tribute to a beautiful soul. Sorry, but, there isn't a model today that comes up to her toenails!
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.