Born This Way

Sacha Lanvin Baumann’s Born This Way: Friends, Colleagues, and Coworkers Recall Gia Carangi, the Supermodel Who Defined an Era is essential reading for any Gia fan. The book, based on a vast number of painstakingly conducted interviews, is a treasure trove of memories and personal recollections, and the result is as clear and enchanting as the stunning high fashion shots the late supermodel left behind. With each page, the reader is transported back to the heady days of Studio 54, and it feels like one is in the company of friends as they remember the magnetic and much missed girl from Philadelphia, who took the New York modelling scene by storm during the early 1980s. Her death from AIDS in November 1986 has often caused Gia to be painted as somewhat tragic figure, who was ultimately destroyed by her addiction to drugs, but refreshingly, Born This Way acknowledges that her demons were not the main part of her story, and instead focuses on, and is a celebration of, her life, which though short, was lived to the full. The real Gia is revealed as a kind-hearted, warm and vivacious young woman, for whom modelling and the fame and fortune it brought, was never the ultimate goal. More than anything, Gia wished to be surrounded by those who loved her, and as Born This Way shows, she still is.