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Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia

Fried, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0671701045 / ISBN 13: 9780671701048
Published by Pocket Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel ...

Publisher: Pocket Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: By Author

Edition: First Edition

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A portrait of the tragic life and death of supermodel Gia Carangi chronicles her discovery and rise to the heights of the fashion world, her descent into drug addiction, and her death of AIDS at the age of twenty-six

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Trashy celebrity bios are usually diminished by the fact that we've already heard the stories about Lonnie and Burt, or Madonna and Sean, or whoever the current target is. Author Stephen Fried manages to get all the sleaze value plus a lot of surprises by choosing supermodel Gia Carangi as his topic. Although her face is widely recognized, Gia finished her modeling career in a blaze of heroin and disease just before the time when models became celebrities with name recognition. Her life is the perfect fodder for the exploitation market, but Fried goes beyond that with fluid prose and a reporter's nose for tracking down sources. His stories about her teenage years, with their mix of late nights in Philadelphia's gay clubs, manic worship, and glam-style imitation of David Bowie, as well as tales of Gia's ability to seduce her friends, male and female, are the product of a lot of work and make for very interesting reading. Gia's unabashed homosexuality and early death from AIDS make her story a palimpsest of life on the edge in the America of the 1980s.

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