Gia Giordano – Remembering Gia Carangi


Written by Jay Harris


Hello again to you dear reader. I hope that May finds you well, healthy and happy?

Spring IS here, it is finally getting warmer and the days are getting ever longer.

Everything is blooming and we are surrounded by natural beauty wherever we look, if we choose to see it.

Speaking of beauty, during a casual conversation with our designer on noticeable inspirations- the name Gia Carangi came up. As you know, a major part of Giordano’s designs are inspiration drawn from a unique perspective with a heavy focus on ‘Rebellion Couture.’ You may be well aware by now, imagination and innovation come in part with Gia’s vast array of subjects and their back stories which make it absolutely fitting then that Gia would drop the name of the aforementioned, little known (these days), model, ‘Gia Carangi’.



Born in January 1960, this flawless and complexed woman rose to prominence in 1978. ‘I didn’t build into a model, I became one!’

Unsurprisingly, her effervescent, exquisite and enticing beauty rapidly headed campaigns for fashion powerhouse’s such as Armani, Dior, Versace and gracing magazine covers globally, for example ‘Vogue’ and ‘Cosmopolitan,’ naming just a few.

Personally, Gia Carangi had within her, a fiery, no nonsense attitude and an overwhelming rebellious streak which carried her into a career, as short as it was, and was heightened after an innocuous introduction into drugs.



It wouldn’t take very long before this became an addiction to heroin, negatively impacting her ability to work and inevitably the reason that she was dropped by Ford Models- and as early as 1980 her star was beginning to fade.

1981 saw her enter a 21-day detox programme, hoping for a new lease of life, sober and capable but ultimately, its effects were temporary and this beautiful, misunderstood soul soon fell back into the downward spiral that alcohol and drug abuse would drag her into.

Her last job in 1983 ended when, during the photo shoot, she was sent packing after being spotted using heroin.


She was ill equipped and ignored by the industry that she so loved and tragically became involved in prostitution to fund her habit, and at her lowest, Gia was found in the street by a passer-by, badly beaten and raped, requiring hospital treatment.

Heart wrenching to say the least, the brief chapter of Gia’s intense life storyline was to end when in November 1986, the model died of AIDS related complications.


This woman was far more than a tragic tale. She had an incredibly enquiring mind, a huge imagination, and undoubtedly, (ahem, coughs), the balls big enough to get exactly what she desired from the very beginning, notably the accolade as she was widely considered the world’s first ‘supermodel’. Cindy Crawford was later often referred to as ‘Baby Gia.’ 

Her taste for rebellion was well known at the time, far and wide within the fashion industry her name was known as just ‘Gia’, who would pose naked, throw monumental tantrums and the widespread knowledge that she was unashamed by her sexuality, calling herself an openly a bi-sexual lesbian, certainly quite a taboo subject in those times. Obviously, Gia’s life was far from easy, despite her determination she exuded an aura of vulnerability and naivety.

Having such a back story, so short and full of tragedies and sadness yet kissed with an undefeated attitude, it is small wonder that Gia Giordano would notice Gia Carangi, the similarities in traits and life challenges obviously relatable and influential in equal measure with a side dish of respect. Then of course there is the fiery Italian genes in both the first supermodel and the fashion designer. There are many avenues to go down and to discover regarding the life of Gia Carangi, notably a movie starring Angelina Jolie simply entitled ‘Gia,’ and also books and websites dedicated and devoted to the late supermodel.



Gia Carangi
January 29th 1960-November 18th 1986.

Gone but NEVER forgotten.


by Jay Harris.


  • Zoe Rayner
    Posted at 01:18h, 02 May

    Tragic story of a great talent, she was an untouched real beauty a big loss to the fashion world. Great writing!

  • Dazza B
    Posted at 10:22h, 03 May

    Gia Carangi would have been a fantastic iconic figure today for the whole LGBT movement she’d have been proud to be a part of it I bet! Brave icon coming out in a time when it wasn’t considered popular to be so, unlike today where it’s almost a trend.

  • FashionUnicorn278
    Posted at 15:49h, 04 May

    All the best die young. RIP first supermodel, really enjoyed this, written really respectfully and giving a good insight in to both the model and designer : )

  • Diana Sandalls
    Posted at 15:58h, 04 May

    Beautiful tribute. Beautiful tragic model. Beautiful designer and beautiful heartfelt writing!! 👏🏽

  • Tommy Wolf 🐺
    Posted at 16:28h, 04 May

    Sadly that’s the world of fashion isn’t it? Drugs sex and all else, they kept her memory hidden as they were ashamed of her but made sure to use her when she was alive and fed her half the stuff themselves I’m sure

  • Gaynor McHale
    Posted at 16:32h, 04 May

    Really enjoyed this. Thank you for your sharing. I never realised she died so young. xoxo

  • WapWap
    Posted at 16:51h, 04 May

    Awesome read! Sad story but so interesting

  • Slutdrop kiss
    Posted at 17:38h, 04 May

    The great Gia C! When models WERE models!! Love the rebellion couture theme and how you both share the same name!!

  • PerfumeGirl11
    Posted at 17:57h, 04 May

    An eye-opening piece drawing attention to a fierce woman, sadly neglected by the fashion industry. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-written blog post and the parallels between both Gia Giordano and Gia Carangi.

  • Richard
    Posted at 19:07h, 04 May

    I often hear or read, “will we ever learn?”.

    I believe ‘we’ have a duty to teach. Thank you Jay. 👏👏

    Wonderfully challenging read, WoW.

  • AndyThewarlock
    Posted at 20:25h, 04 May

    Great content! regards, Andy B

  • Ruby H
    Posted at 22:04h, 04 May

    A super shining star…so bright she burnt out too soon. I think she would have worn Rebellion Couture with the right attitude. Middle finger up to the masses of sheep wearing clones. A round of applause to Gia Giordano. A breakthrough in fashion with no limits, barriers or prejudice x

  • Tara Heasman
    Posted at 23:20h, 04 May

    Hadn’t a clue who she was but love the name. I also think the fashion world turns it nose on its own when they slip up or fall off the rails which is quite sad really. She probably needed help more than anything but I guess she was just a number to them.

  • Night.Breeders688
    Posted at 23:42h, 04 May

    you play by the sword you die by the sword, unfortunately.

    Brilliant article and nice tribute paid to a beautiful but troubled soul.

    Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse, as Jimmy Dean once said.

    Peace and out : 0 )

  • Kaz.Ains87
    Posted at 02:25h, 05 May

    Gia Carangi was a real fire cracker and set the bar for the whole “model -behaviour” that we later saw with new up and coming fashion models. She wasn’t very tall either (for a model) but she just had that something special. Fab blog. A sad loss.


  • Telescope-Dope
    Posted at 13:07h, 05 May

    Good read! 👏🏽

  • Minola.m-jo
    Posted at 16:55h, 05 May

    She was super hot! Shame she died so tragically : ((((

  • Mike Reynolds
    Posted at 16:59h, 05 May

    Fabulous piece, learnt some facts here I didn’t know……very beautiful model and beautiful designer too…..both ladies very beautiful….

    ….nice homage paid to a fashion industry model….

  • Kristina.Malray5
    Posted at 17:05h, 05 May

    It’s appalling they dismissed her like that when she clearly needed help it makes me think of poor Amy Winehouse. Rest in peace Gia 😢😢

  • Nicki Hartford
    Posted at 17:31h, 05 May

    Heroin dealers should be shot nothing angers me more I lost my little brother over his heroin addiction. Life destroying HEROIN KILLS and ruins families lives at the same time!!

  • ClarasBoy89
    Posted at 16:08h, 06 May

    Moving From Darkness To Light

    There is turmoil in the loss of a loved one, yet in the end there is a peace of knowing someone so special and how their love is greater than the pain.

  • Supernoodles
    Posted at 00:24h, 07 May

    I loved this film such a. Sad story her mum wasn’t the best to her either I didn’t think or so how the film shown it to be . Hadnt heard of her until I watched the film’. Good blog.

  • Peony & Blush rose
    Posted at 20:10h, 08 May

    thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Emotionally charged.

  • Louise674thedollhouse
    Posted at 03:34h, 09 May

    Vogue is fashions bible, she knew she’d made it when she made that cover I can imagine., such a sad waste of a good life and so young too. She had so much more to offer still, ☹️ such a shame ☹️ x

  • Eddie’s-lizard
    Posted at 12:07h, 09 May

    Gia the model was lovely looking but Gia Giordano ur fricking hot!! 🔥 more pics of u please!!! Eddie xxxxxx

  • Sugarhouse
    Posted at 15:27h, 10 May

    This was a real good read thanks for posting!

  • Rolling.projects-Sammy
    Posted at 12:03h, 18 May

    Yeah she was beautiful but so are many models, she chose to do those drugs and we all know what a dirty drug smack is. Would you really want that associated to fashion?

  • Next of kin
    Posted at 00:57h, 19 May

    Great film good blog

  • Towerhouse.kids77
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 May

    Awesome blog post. Gia Carangi was too wild to live but too beautiful to die, must have watched this film a dozen times Angelina Jolie my favours actress she plays her brilliantly I think and it was her first major star role that catapulted her to acting fame!

  • Showeroragrower
    Posted at 18:49h, 31 May

    Drugs kill kids! Period

  • Lace_up66
    Posted at 01:01h, 04 June

    She chose her own path to go down no one made her

  • It’s-a-wonderful-world-K8
    Posted at 22:44h, 17 June

    Marvellous blog and some enjoyable feedbacks here also. A lot of mixed feeling very interesting good work