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Gia Marie Carangi
(January 29, 1960 - November 18, 1986) U.S.A.

Gia Marie Carangi

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"Gia", as she was known in modelling circles, moved to New York City at the age of 18, and quickly rose to prominence, reaching international fame with such name magazines as Vogue and others. She posed for photos at many countries world-wide and led a fast life, thanks to her exotic appearance and lesbian lifestyle. Her sexual orientation has been disputed: while some think she was 100 percent lesbian, others point out to the fact she had many relationships with males and call her bisexual.

Gia was the first of the Super Models born from the decadent disco era of the late 70's, early 80's. Gia was a heroin addicted lesbian and the most magnetic, super-charged beauty of her day! She had it all: fame, money, adoration and a body to die for!

Gia frequented New York's jet-set night spots, such as Studio 54, and developed a heroin problem during the latter part of her life. Because of Bipolar Disorder, Gia experienced extreme mood swings and would walk out of a fashion shoot if she didn't feel like doing it. She constantly medicated herself with heroin.

In 1985, she was diagnosed with HIV, becoming one of the first famous persons to be diagnosed with the disease, and also the first famous female diagnosed. Carangi made several attempts at fighting her heroin addiction, attending rehabilitation centers multiple times. In 1983, she was profiled on ABC's 20/20 news magazine, in a piece focusing on the dark side of modelling.

She also had unresolved problems and personal demons which she tried to suppress through drug use. This led to her untimely demise from AIDS. She had been through re-hab and was coming to terms with her personal problems. Gia died of complications resulting from AIDS at the age of 26. A biographical film, Gia, debuted on HBO in 1998 which helped bring her back to the public's attention. Angelina Jolie played Carangi in the movie.

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