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287: Gia Carangi

The World’s First Supermodel

Born: 29 January 1960, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Died: 18 November 1986, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Gia was a classic rags-to-riches story only hers ended once again in rags.

She modeled for the highest fashion companies including Dior, Armani, Yves Saint Lauren, and Calvin Klein.

Gia couldn’t cope with the pressure of it all and turned to heroin, kicking the habit and falling back multiple times.

She is also remembered for being one of the first openly gay models.

Gia died from AIDS related complications when she was only twenty-six years old.

Angelina Jolie portrays Gia in the Hollywood biopic of her life; the trailer for which is linked to the left.

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Sources:

https://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/41317/1/the-story-of-gia-the-world-s-first-supermodel-who-died-of-aids-at-26

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5311/gia-marie-carangi