Photographer : Denis Piel
Model : Gia
When I was in high school and before the HBO movie with Angelina Jolie was made, I read the book it was based on “Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia” by Stephen Fried.
Because a lot of people written about in the book were still alive when the movie was made, lots of names were changed and lots of amalgamated characters were in the movie version.
The book is so much better than the movie in terms of telling Gia’s story, especially her life before modeling as a queer high schooler in Philly and has SO many good stories about her modeling days.
Her love life was also a lot more complex than the one character in the movie, although the makeup artist was based on Sandy Linter, who still works in the industry today.