Friends Discuss The Life & Career Of Supermodel Gia Carangi

Hairstylist Harry King, Model Carol Alt, & Make-up Artist/Ex-Girlfriend Sandy Linter Remember 26 Years Of America's First Supermodel

Gia Carangi is considered America's first Supermodel, paving the way for the likes of Cindy Crawford (Cindy was often referred to as Baby Gia). She was born in January of 1960 in Philadelphia. By 1978, she was one of the most sought after fashion models in the world. Unfortunately, her fame as a supermodel only lasted roughly 4 years. Plagued with drug addiction, she left the fashion world in 1982, only to die from an AIDS related illness 4 years later on November 18, 1986. She was only 26 years old.


Make-up Artist & Girlfriend Comments About Gia 

Sandy Linter on Gia's hatred for the fashion industry: Robert Tilton says Gia thought the people she worked with in the fashion industry were bull shit. I beg to differ. I knew her better than he knew her. She may have been sad but when she worked she was a true artist. Gia loved the people she worked with. Gia was a true artist and suffered for her art and for her life

Sandy Linter on her portrayal (Lost's Elizabeth Mitchell) in HBO's Gia: When I got interviewed by HBO I told them I did not want to see my exact likeness portrayed on the screen. I did this because I did not know if the movie were goinjg to be good or not. I didn't know any of the players. HBO kept telling me it was a really good movie but to protect my image, they did a complete reversal about how I really was. Linda had my heart and my soul but not my image.

Sandy Linter on the one of the public's perception of Gia: Gia wasn't so sad, not all the time.

Sandy Linter on the comparison of Edie Sedgwick and Gia:  She knew it while she was on the planet

Sandy Linter: More than anyone I ever loved, I loved Gia.


Gia's photoshoot for Vogue (April 1979). Photographed by Francesco Scavullo. 

Gia discusses what she wants to do after modeling. This was filmed in 1982.

Gia's 20/20 interview. Filmed in 1982.

Angelina Jolie's acceptance speech for her Golden Globe win for Gia