Gia Carangi

Born Jan 29, 1960

Gia Marie Carangi was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Carangi is considered by some to be the first supermodel, although that title has been applied to others, including Janice Dickinson, Dorian Leigh, and Jean Shrimpton. Model Cindy Crawford was later referred to as "Baby Gia" due to her resemblance to Carangi.… Read More

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1960 Birth Born on January 29, 1960.


1978 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Her first major shoot, published in October 1978, was with top fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim, who had her pose nude behind a chain-link fence with makeup artist Sandy Linter. … Read More
1979 19 Years Old Carangi was featured on the cover of many fashion magazines, including the April 1979 issue of Vogue UK, the April 1979 and August 1980 issues of Vogue Paris, the August 1980 issue of American Vogue, the February 1981 issue of Vogue Italia, and multiple issues of Cosmopolitan between 1979 and 1982. … Read More


1980 20 Years Old 1 More Event
After her agent and mentor, Wilhelmina Cooper, died of lung cancer in March 1980, a devastated Carangi began abusing drugs and developed an addiction to heroin. … Read More
In an attempt to quit drugs, she moved back to Philadelphia with her mother and stepfather in February 1981. … Read More
One of her first jobs was for Francesco Scavullo, who photographed her for the April 1982 cover of Cosmopolitan, her last cover appearance for an American magazine. … Read More
1983 23 Years Old She left New York for the final time in early 1983. … Read More
1984 24 Years Old She was admitted to an intense drug treatment program at Eagleville Hospital in December 1984. … Read More
1985 25 Years Old By late 1985, she had begun using drugs again.
1986 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1986, Carangi was admitted to Warminster General Hospital in Warminster, Pennsylvania, with bilateral pneumonia. … Read More
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