Stephen Fried, 'Thing of Beauty: The tragedy of Supermodel Gia,' published by Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1993, stated first hardcover printing of April 1993.
Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia is a 392 page hardcover measuring 9 1/2" x 6 1/4". The dust jacket has very minor shelf wear. Inside, the book is pristine, with clean unmarked pages and tight binding. The condition is very good.
She went from taking sandwich orders in her father's Philadelphia luncheonette to breaking all the rules as one of the top models of the late 1970s. She was the darling of moguls and movie stars, royalty and rockers. Then after going public with her drug problems on national television, Gia Carangi disappeared.
When, at twenty-six,she became one of the first women in America to die of AIDS, nobody noticed. She was a welfare case hidden away in a hospital, visited only by rehab friends and what remained of her family.
What happened? How could someone so beautiful, so sought-after, be in so much pain? in THING OF BEAUTY, award-winning journalist Stephen Fried explores the life and death of a woman destroyed by the ideal of feminine beauty she has reluctantly come to embody--and provides a remarkable tour through the "beauty-industrial complex" at the height of its designer decadence.