Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1994
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"The New York Times Book Review"
Vivid...The story of Gia Carangi...should be set out among the fashion magazines in modeling agency waiting rooms and any other place where teen-age girls who've been called pretty a little too often hang out...Stephen Fried's exhaustive account of Gia's brief life seems to have an important unanswered quesition on every page: why didn't anyone help Gia?
Liz Smith Gia's story has everying--glamor, glitz, squalor and tradgedy.
"Boston Globe" Stephen Fried has done an admirable job reconstructing Gia's frenzied life...Fried makes a convincing case, through recording Gia's travails, that fetching eyes and a killer body are not enough. This is a chilling tale that every pretty, stupid young thing should read.
"The New York Times Book Review" Vivid...The story of Gia Carangi...should be set out among the fashion magazines in modeling agency waiting rooms and any other place where teen-age girls who've been called pretty a little too often hang out...Stephen Fried's exhaustive account of Gia's brief life seems to have an important unanswered quesition on every page: why didn't anyone help Gia?
Liz Smith Gia's story has everyingglamor, glitz, squalor and tradgedy."
About the Author
Stephen Fried is a Senior Writer at "Philadelphia Magazine." His work has also appeared in "Vanity Fair, GQ, " and the "Washington Post Magazine." A winner of a 1993 National Magazine Award, the Distinguished Service Award for Magazine Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Clarion Award from Women in Communications, he lives in Philadelphia with his wife Diane Ayres, a fiction writer.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Gia was obviously no saint and I don't think the book in any way tries to portray her as a tragic victim. The author shows himself to be more than aware of her faults. I don't think you need a qualification in social work (see other reviews) to realise that there are many who start with less than Gia. I think the author would agree with this but I don't think this is particularly relevant to the book.
Other reviews complain about the author's fascination with the age in general, David Bowie, Studio 54, other models. I find this the book's strength. It documents the last age when people could sleep around and abuse substances with a kind of innocence. I think the parts of the book which handle the intial rumours of a new kind of mysterious plague and reality of Gia's AIDs are fascinating. I really think the book captures the spirit of the early to mid eighties extremely well.
Many of us either won't or can't remember the 70s, let alone the drug-fuelled fashion world, so it was important to detail this so we can put Gia's life in context.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Arrived on time, perfect condition :) I'm very pleased with this order.
Thank you very much
Great new York fashion/drug story. Great condition considering how old the book is. And on time delivery.Published 18 months ago by kristi bailey
This book made me want to give Gia the biggest hug possible if only it was possible. Gone too soonPublished 18 months ago by Rb22
Too much anecdotes about studio 54 and from people in the fashion industry who vaguely knew Gia. I really felt that at times, the author was just filling space.. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Aisling
Amazing book. Watched the film and had to read the book. So emotional and hard-hitting. A must read if you've seen the film.Published on 15 Dec. 2013 by Fae Blundell
I loved the film and wanted to know more about Gia and the world she was living in. I took this on holiday with me and literally couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on 16 July 2012 by Sofe
I could not wait to have this book and read it . When I got it I could not stop reading it, it was so fascinating and so powerfull and it leaves you with impression thhat this one... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2011 by corky