ODE TO GIA / THE AIDS EPIDEMIC








G I A

SUPER MODEL
January 29,1960 - November 18,1986

                                                              



2009 World AIDS Day- Universal Access and Human Rights

Today, 1st December 2009 marks World AIDS day. Browsing through the 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update , one can see that despite significant efforts towards combating the epidemic, the global HIV/AIDS statics are alarming.December 23, 2009 at 2:32 PM EST
According to the report, an estimated:
  • 33.4 million people are living with HIV worldwide               
  • 2.7 million people were newly infected in 2008
  • 2 million people died of AIDS related illness in 2009.




GIA MARIE CARANGI. SUPERMODEL.







I CAN'T GET RID OF THIS SPACE!
BEAR
WITH ME!























































Bohemian soul!



A YOUNG BOHEMIAN IN EVERY WAY!


A MULTITUDE OF BEAUTIFUL LOOKS.


A BEAUTIFUL SOUL.
.







FROM OLD HOLLYWOOD
TO AVIATORS AND
NEUTRAL GLAM.










GIA  CARANGI


"LIFE AND DEATH. ENERGY AND PEACE. IF I STOP TODAY IT WAS ALL WORTH IT. EVEN THE TERRIBLE MISTAKES I MADE AND WOULD HAVE UNMADE IF I COULD. THE PAINS THAT HAVE BURNED ME AND CARVED MY SOUL, IT WAS WORTH IT,FOR HAVING BEEN ALLOWED TO WALK WHERE I'VE WALKED, WHICH WAS TO HELL ON EARTH, HEAVEN ON EARTH, BACK AGAIN,INTO, UNDER, FAR IN BETWEEN, THROUGH IT, IN IT, AND ABOVE." 


Gia Marie Carangi was an American fashion model during the late 70's to early 80's, and was considered by many as the FIRST SUPERMODEL. After she became addicted to heroin, her career rapidly declined, and she was considered the first woman to die from AIDS. In her teens she was into a group called "Bowie Kids"-into high "glam" styles. She quickly rose to fashion prominence at 17, at which time she moved to New York. She was a favorite among many photographers and frequented Studio 54. Her agent was Wilhelmena Cooper who died in 1980 of cancer. Her addiction sped down hill, leading her to rehab, and a short comeback. Her last cover was Cosmopolitan.in Winter 82. She was diagnosed with AIDS and died in 1986. Very litttle was known about the disease at that time. Her casket was closed. During her career she represented Dior, Versacci, Armani,Yves St. Laurent, Maybelline, Levi's, Diane Von Furstenburg, Vidal Sasson, among many others.(from Wikipedia)


"I think God has a plan for me, but I don't think it's in this life."
Gia Marie Carangi.




AS I LOOK THROUGH THESE PHOTOS I SEE FASHION, AND TRENDS. I SEE BEAUTY. AND I CAN SEE HER TRUE STYLE. HER PERSONAL STYLE THAT GLOWED FROM WITHIN. TO ME , THAT IS TRUE BEAUTY ! WORKING WITH YOUR FLAWS, INTERNAL STRUGGLES, AND STILL MAINTAINING GRACE. 






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