Tuesday, September 6, 2011


After the death of friend and photographer Chris von Wangenheim in March of 1981, Gia, embraced by sadness, lost all control over her heroin addiction. Her beauty that created a sensation at the start of her career now reflected an image wasted by the ravages of addiction.

By fall of ’81, Gia determined to make a modeling comeback but was met with skepticism and derision. Francesco Scavullo out of sympathy offered her a cover-shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine. It was a gift.  Scavullo felt pity for the model he had photographed at the height of her dazzling but short-lived career. Wanting to help her, Scavullo insisted that Gia deserved the winter cover shoot for the April 1982 issue. Gia did not live up to the favor. Her arms, scarred from the puncture marks of her addiction to heroin, could not be concealed in the sleeveless Fabrice gown chosen for the cover. Scavullo got around the problem by having Gia keep her arms tucked behind her. It would be Gia Carangi’s last cover.

Gia Carangi
Once a Great Beauty


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Unknown said...

Francesco Scavullo publically denied that he posed Gia with her hands behind her because of noticable track marks. He said this rumor is "not true, not true at all". He did it because of her weight gain and the pose made her look slimmer. Just an fyi..you can find it on the internet.

2 Sticks of Butter said...

Because the internet always has factual information...the anecdote is in Steven Fried’s biography on Gia.

Unknown said...

It’s true he shot the picture at an angle to try and hide her weight gain. He also had her with her arms behind her as she had an open abscess on her hand from shooting up.