Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia Carangi

Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia Carangi

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ISBN-13: 9780671701048
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 04/28/1993
Pages: 416

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Thing Of Beauty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to read this book because I saw the movie and became highly interested in this young woman. Her life was certainly exciting even before she begain modeling. Unfortunatly many aspects of it were not always positive. The book, I feel failed to show that. Once I started reading it, I felt it was more of a book about modeling featuring Gia rather than her bio. It got better toward the end because the author finally decided to focus on her. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are really interested in the 'mechanics' of the modeling field.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a book that tells you what the modeling industry is REALLY like. All of us teenage girls think its glamourous and all but we dont see the dark side. The parts about Gia were really absorbing, but not when they get into the technical parts of modeling. Gia was like a shooting star. She rose up so fast but she came down even faster...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life, death, energy and peace...beautiful words spoken from a beautiful woman inside and out. Most of us know late Supermodel Gia Carangi's life was a rollercoaster ride full of sensuality and beauty. Yet it's Shocking how it ended in such terrible circumstances. Stephen Fried clearly did his homework to put this Autobiography together. He takes us not only into the fascinating life of Gia Carangi,...but the lifestyle, people and world that surrounded her. The people who knew of her, other models, makeup artist, hairdressers and fashion designers who can recall Gia. We get a chance to see things not through Gia's perspective but through co workers, friends, family members in interviews and articles ect. The ones who witnessed the success of Gia...then her downfall, that was simply too painful to watch. The models who were from her time and also making close to a million dollars a year... don't like to talk about her "she was a party girl, that's all I need to say" says one retired model. They remember Gia and her fast rise to the top in one of the most shallow, narcissistic and cut throat industries that exist...fashion modeling. Living in an era were sex, drugs partying , glamour, rock n roll and disco was at it's prime! And thanks to Wilhelmina Cooper Gia went from a David Bowie obsessed street kid. Punk rocking it out as a tough rebel, switch blade knife in back pocket. To a sophisticated appearing, drop dead gorgeous girl with attitude and charisma like no other, giving her the title "Supermodel" and also the nickname" shooting star"."Once you make it, you become a member of an exclusive international club, where the sun always shines, the parties are glowing; a land where there’s no ugliness, no sickness, no poverty; a land where dreams come true and everyone is certified beautiful!" . Gia could have had it all....and she f*cking blew it! The fast lane wasn't enough....she loved the Heroin needle more. I believe drugs were the substitute for her mother's love she so deeply craved...but was only given to her in small amounts throughout her life. Gia's mother Kathleen was coldblooded and selfish, putting herself before her daughter and neglected her own children. And what Gia didn't know about that glittering world of the wealthy and trendy she got herself into was when it came down to it...they didn't care about you and what troubles you had or what you were going through emotionally. They only loved you when you were smiling. Gia was all alone in that world...that was her reality. This all happened in a time when HIV AID's was still an unkown disease. A time when club studio 54 was more popular than ever and people were partying hardcore. And for those unfortunate ones who were self destructive and careless, it was also a time when the AID's virus ate a lot people alive with no mercy. And Gia just happened to be one of them. Now rather one feels sorry for her or not she brought most of her own demise upon herself due to the poor and stupidly naive decisions she made. Was Gia just a immature irresponsible child, who just happened to get lucky? Or a lost and misunderstood soul, looking for love in all of the wrong places and from all of the wrong people? Gia went from the most desired, pampered and briefly one of the top successful woman in the world to a penniless prostitute junkie and dying of AID's like a nobody. Why didn't anyone try harder to save her? Because all people are selfish. And most likely were not about to take a trip to Hell on earth and damage they're own reputations and hard earned careers while trying to save hers. In the end it didn't matter how beautiful Gia was, because her beauty was her curse. Gia's story is a Cinderella fairytale that ends in a nightmare. But worth the read. 5 STARS!
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Interesting read, but I found the writing style to be difficult.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing it make you think and hopefully open ones eyes on how precious life is and how we shouldnt take things and people for granted
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Fried's attempt to capature the life and ultimately the death of Gia hit a home run. Being an avid fan and intrigued with Gia's life I couldn't put this book down. By including interviews and quotes from Gia's own diary Mr. Fried brings us into the life of a woman who shot to stardom to fast and to soon. Gia ewas a fall from grace unprepared for what the real world had in store for her. Unsure of herself and lacking the guidance of any female role model Gia can never truly be forgotton. Awesome bok and a truly remarkable author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knowing little more then Angelina Jolie's portrayal of Gia in the 1998 HBO special I was drawn to this book and this young woman. She had humble beginnings and yet fame and fortune was thrust upon her so fast that she spiraled out of control. Gia was a fall from grace. Mr Fried captured Gis'a essence and her love. Completely uninhibited and unrestrianted Gia was and is not going to be forgotten. This book is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered what if.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting, although I felt that more emphasis should have been placed on Gia throughout the entirety of the book, as sometimes the story veered off into a more general overview of the modeling industry itself. So many points of view are taken into account here...everybody knew Gia in a different way, and this author does a remarkable job of expressing Gia's life through the eyes of each individual that has been enlightened by her. A unique individual with so many faces... The only disturbing part of this book was the picture of Gia suffering in the hospital. This book MORE than illustrates the pain and grief she endured both before and during her battle with AIDS---no pictures necessary---Think about it---If you were her would you want people to see you at your weakest point?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personaly loved this book, Thing of Beauty. It touched on everything in Gia's life, and i loved that aspect of it. it's an amazing tragic story of love, drugs, loss, and death. after reading this book, Gia has become one of my biggest idols; not an idol for me to become a super model or drug addict, but for me to be strong, and stand up for what i believe in. also the fact that she was a lesbian is also truly amazing, i idol her for beauty, strenght, and being a proud homosexual. i highly reccomend this book to everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this book is great in telling you the best and worst parts of being a model. Before I read this book i thought that being a model must be the best thing in the world and I wanted to be a model. After reading it i realized that everyone looks at you like you the best person in the world but truely they have no idea what can haunt you deep in side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after reading this, i felt like i knew Gia. through all her ugliness, there was this true beauty inside her that drew me closer to her. stephen fried did a wonderful job teaching the audience of the world Gia was surrounded by along with giving us a detailed description of her life and all her ups and her many more downs. you'll be touched for years by the story of a girl who will become your own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the plot was worth the read although fried's writing style was a bit too detailed. a must read for anyone interested in the fashion industry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book that I have ever read. Stephen Fried is THE most talanted writer-if he wrote a dictionary, I would buy it. This is a MUST read, I guarantee that you will not be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book's very interesting. It tells about how she became famous and how quickly she became a 'nobody' after doing too much drugs. A book that everyone who aspires to be a supermodel should read. Hah.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sad glimpse of what unguided ambition can do to a person. Gia was a sad example of a product of the family values of the 70s. Parents who refused to correct their children's mistakes, who turned the other way when their children cried for help, who mistook being blind to their children's needs to being liberal and open minded parents. It's a book about an era that passed leaving so many scars. When Americans tested the brink of reality and morality- and they lost! What a sad book!