Born This Way is a non-fiction book about the life of American supermodel Gia Carangi. It mainly covers the eight years from 1978 until her death that she spent in and around New York modelling.
The book is narrated as a series of memoirs from friends, colleagues and co-workers. Gia cam from a broken home in Philadelphia, she was described as; fun, young, needy, shy, shocking and vulnerable. Yet when she stepped in front of the camera she took on a different persona, one which the cameras adored.
Sadly a mix of the industry she was in, her background and her choices led to drugs and then AIDS and she died aged just twenty-six.
I would say this is a niche read for those interested in either the industry or the model herself. I did not know anything about Gia, so was unfamiliar with any of her personal life-story.
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