Teenage Gia Carangi, who was desperate looking for love met a teenager named Karen Karusa. They became best friends.
Karen Karusa tells about Gia Carangi: “When I first met her it was just her father and her two brothers, and her father owned some hoagie shops so he worked a lot. She then went to go live with her mother. She had this bouncing around family situation and back and forth and whatever,”
karen says, “Gia felt abandoned. There was a lot kind of going on inside her, she was very street-smart, but there was a lot of pain and it all kind of comes out and you can feel it. And there was just a lot of feeling when you look at her.”
During her early teens, Gia broke curfews, experimented with alcohol, pills, and marijuana – something that most would say was very common in the 70s. Rebelliousness was a part of the circle they were all travelling on. Gia worshipped David Bowie and identified with his rebellious side. With the presence of Bowie kids, Gia found the family she was yearning for. Gia went to concerts and hung out with the older crowd at gay clubs in downtown of Philadelphia. Gia identified with Bowie and his worshipers because according to them, it was okay to be different, bisexual, and gay. Gia’s sexuality was the only thing about her she was certain of and most times, proud of. “She was very open about it. She was always kissing someone on the mouth or grabbing someone or whatever,” says Karen. No one was more disappointed than Gia’s mom. She took Gia to counseling, but nothing worked.
* January 1960 Born in Philadelphia, to Joseph Carangi and Kathleen Carangi.
* 1975-1977 Attended Lincoln High School.
* April 1978 Moved to New York City.
* April 1979 Cover, British Vogue, by Alex Chatelain
* April 1979 Cover, Cosmopolitan
* May 1979 Cover, French Vogue, by Helmut Newton
* July 1979 Cover Cosmopolitan
* August 1979 Cover of Vogue
* 1978/79 Poster girl Studio 54
* January 1980 Cover Cosmopolitan
* April 1980 Florida shots by John Stember
* July 1980 Cover Cosmopolitan
* August 1980 Cover, French Vogue, by Watson
* November 1980 Last great Vogue shots of Gia, by Piel and Scavullo
* 1983 20/20 focuses on Gia in attempt to portray the dark side of modelling
* February 1981 Cover, Italian Vogue, by Grignaschi
* 1982 attempts comeback after battle with heroin addiction
* April 1982 Cover of American Vogue, a gift from Scavullo
* 1984 makes another comeback attempt in Modelling, but failed ultimately.
* November 18 1986 Dies of complications from AIDS at 10:00 AM.
* November 23, 1986 Funeral. “Beloved Daughter” is her epitaph.
* July 1996 Paramount begins pre-production on story of her life
* January 31, 1998:HBO released biographical film, life and times of Gia Marie Carangi. Angelina Jolie awarded Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Screen Actors Guild Awards presents Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
* October 31, 2015: A biography by Sacha Lanvin Baumann: Born This Way: Friends, Colleagues, and Coworkers Recall Gia Carangi, the Supermodel Who Defined an Era