She was so high, arms massively messed up by needle marks, they had to prop her up and place her arms in the folds of her dress to hide the needle tracks.The contrast between her final Cosmo cover and the one she did before is stunning.Fried's writing is uninspiring and his depictions of Gia and her family and lovers and acquaintances have no depth.
It also sounded like her narcissistic mom really did a number on her and made her a raging borderline. Also, the book didn't say it, but I get the distinct impression that Patti Hansen was the one who introduced her to heroin. I don't think Angelina's performance in that cable movie did her any justice. She was a mess, but certainly not the only one in that very troubled place and time.
Gia would sometimes be very friendly and upbeat and other times very dragged out & exhausted...classic addict or bipolar type.[quote]Gia Giudice's heroin habit makes Gia Carangi look like a girl scout. " and Milania would wisk a despondent Gia to a crack alley in Patterson.[quote]Gia had a masculine edge and a lot of Philly/Jerseyy vibe, which Hollywood Angie did not convey at all.
I just finished the book "Thing of Beauty" (which I recommend) It's a great look at a different era. I know some people who went to school around the same time that she did, and some LGBTers who hung out in the bars when she did - namely the DCA.
It was sad how many people in her life insisted that she couldn't be gay b/c she was so pretty. I'm particularly fascinated by Way Bandy and some of the photographers. Originally Gia's story was in that mag and in Cosmo too - that is where I first read it. She was by all accounts a nice girl with some serious mommy issues.
A guy I helped out said he was a former model handler and his job was to get Gia, Patty Hansen and others to their shoots no matter what. I though she was just a party girl; didn't know she was into the hard stuff.
It didn't mean much to me but it was amusing and sad to listen to. I loved the Angelina movie, though I'm certain it glossed over some of the more unseemly details.[quote] I thought Angelina was good in the movie until I read the book. In fact, Cindy Crawford was more beautiful than Gia - before she ruined her eyes with surgery.
In the first one she's wearing a skimpy bikini and looks healthy and luscious. this was pre aids (late 70's early 80s )and people were fearless.
In the final one she's bloated and wearing a puffy party dress with her arms concealed under the skirt; in no way does she resemble the incredible-looking young woman she was before. Tony V ( died of H over 20 years ago) and Steven Meisel were young and brilliant and considered the taste makers. Tony V was one of the most brilliant illustrators of the day and his work is still considered directional. He used her image ....slighty androgynous face Lips symmetry as a model for much of his work. Her few shows ( perry ellis ) were funny in a sad way. "Didn't Fried allude to some sexual abuse from her dad?
For someone who says she is straight and seemed annoyed by Gia constantly pursuing her, Sandy has had a lot to say about her in the last 20 years.