Like a match in the wind: the story of top model Gia Carangi, who lived brightly, but burned to the ground in her prime19.09.2022
The model did not listen to any of her friends and relatives, and the situation was already getting out of control … Monique Pillard, another agent who did business with the model, said on the Oprah Winfrey talk show: “I tried to track where her savings go , but I didn’t get anything. You can take a horse to water, but you can’t drink to it, it has to want it.” People around have long suspected that Jia was addicted to the use of drugs. In 1981, she finally confessed her addiction, because it was no longer possible to hide it: tantrums, depression, nervous breakdowns – everything spoke for itself. The star allowed herself to use drugs right in the studio, she could pass out while working in front of a photographic lens … At first, her antics were tolerated, but over time, magazines began to refuse to work with her. The final straw was shots for the November 1980 issue of American Vogue. There were such ugly injection marks on the model’s hands that everyone, from editors to retouchers, was horrified. Realizing what was happening, Gia signed up for a rehabilitation program, but did not last long. In the spring of 1981, she was arrested for drunk driving and was later caught for theft. In June, Gia made another attempt to recover. However, the news that her close friend, photographer Chris von Wangenheim, died in a car accident, was another reason to “fly off the coils.”
At the end of 1981, Gia again began the fight against drugs. She was invited to shoot for the American Cosmopolitan. Everyone hoped that the model would triumphantly return to the industry, but that cover was the last for Gia. Karanji returned to her native Philadelphia, where she worked as a sales assistant in a clothing store and lived with a girl she met while participating in a rehabilitation program. Close stars were preparing for the worst: at any moment they could call and report the death of the one who until recently was a style icon and received $ 10,000 a day.