Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gia Carangi ::: The Last Photo Shoot


Gia Marie Carangi born 29. January 1960 in Philadelphia. She is regarded as the USA's "first supermodel." She may have been a beauty, but let's face it: she's no model for anyone! And as a human being, her lifestyle was anything but super...

Gia Carangi began her modeling career in 1977, stepping in a pile of luck to become a supermodel, after a photog snapped pictures of her dancing at a disco. Those pictures ended up on an exec's desk at Vogue magazine: the rest is fashion industry history!

Gia's career was short but spectacular. Her last cover was a shoot for Cosmopolitan in the winter of 1982. [source: diva] During the winter of 1985, Gia began to suspect that she might have Aids.

In 1986 Carangi was officially diagnosed with AIDS, which was a newly recognized disease at the time. As her condition worsened, she was transferred to Philadelphia's Hahnemann University Hospital. Her mother stayed with her day and night, allowing virtually no visitors... On November 18, 1986, Carangi, 26 at the time, died of AIDS-related complications. sadly, no one representing the fashion world attended her funeral.

Angeina Jolie starred in HBO’s 1998 picture "Gia", a film that examined the harsh reality of sex, drugs and drama, and even documented the destruction of Carangi’s life and career.
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I really don't see all the fuss over Gia : she represents everything any aspiring young woman SHOULDN'T want to be! Far more tragic is the death of a young model who REALLY DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED:

Life is like a monster sometimes. "Death comes like a thief in the night," "Only the good die young," (insert your own cosmic explanation here).
RIP Mariana Bridi

Incredibly beautiful 20-year old Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa's feet and hands were amputated as a result of a severe and drug-resistant infection. She passed in Janauary 2009. Twice she came close to representing Brazil in the Miss World competition. Her death attributed to complications related to a rare form of septicemia caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

The Espirito Santo State Health Secretariat released a statement noting that the bacteria was known to be resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics.

Bridi had been in the hospital since the third of January.

From the AP story: "Bridi had been in the hospital in the city of Serra in southeastern Brazil since Jan. 3. She fell ill in December and doctors originally diagnosed her with kidney stones, local media said.

Doctors originally diagnosed her with kidney stones in December, local media said. But as her condition worsened, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection that spread."

The infection reduced the oxygen in her limbs, requiring her feet to be amputated last week and her hands this week. Doctors have no idea as to what cause the infection.

Doctors removed part of Bridi's stomach as they tried to contain internal bleeding. At the time of her death, she was no longer breathing on her own.

Horrible. Awful. Terrible. Unfathomable. Sad. Scarey. Imagine this is the slow beginning of some sort of malady that may be the 21st century equivalent of the flu epidemic, the one that took out a large chunk of the world's population in the early 1900s. Like Polio did up until 1954, Like Aids did in the 1980s, influenza frightened people and baffled doctors.

I'm NOT suggesting you worry about that happening. I AM suggesting that you take a moment to appreciate your own life and those of the friends and family around you. Be glad that your song and dance has not yet ended, and prepare for the day that it surely will.

And say a prayer for Mariana's soul. She must have gone through hell the last three or four weeks.

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7 comments:

The Twitterer said...

Loved this article! Hope to meet up at your next book-signing!

Marms said...

I see other people wasting their lives with nonsense. They have all the things in the world and yet, unhappy. But those who are good, compassionate, and full of dreams do not have the chance to share the goodness of their hearts because circumstances have played a game with them.
Being grateful of what we have and appreciating the people around us or any little things we see is the best thing we can do to live our lives with happiness.

marms

Luisa said...

To make people understand the consequences of unprotected sex and drugs and alcohol we should bring to light more such cases. Youngsters indulge in drugs without knowing the harm they are bringing onto themselves. They need to know more about such people who lost their precious life due to their own faults.

Babra said...

Yeah, she must have gone through hell. A life full of potential got wasted. She could have achieved so much in her life. Rest in peace, Mariana. For us, we must be thankful for being alive today and planning for tomorrow.

Kayla Rowen said...

I think there are so many great models in the world, it's hard to narrow down who is the most beautiful or who has had the best jobs. For me personally, beauty is only in those who respect others and love people more than she loves herself.

Kathi said...

Gia may not have led an exemplary life, and surely she is a cautionary tale if ever there was one, but she exuded a presence that cannot be cultivated. Oftentimes, it is the flaws which distinguish a celebrity from the fray. Please be kind to her memory; she may not have been perfect, but she certainly paid a steep price for it.

Dave Lucas said...

Fame, for some, comes with a dear price.

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