2012 Mayan Vogue In Fashion: A Tribute to Gia Carangi
The life path of our Lord Pakal Ahau is a strange one in this planet when it comes to crossed paths with amazing people. It seems in one way or another they have been blessed with Pakal’s own personal encounter. In conversation with him during his younger years, he revealed this beautiful story and asked us to remember this personal friend.
From his diary, he showed us his personal relation to a woman that was destined to become one of the first supermodels in the fashion world of the late 1970’s. Her name was Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986). In his diary, he wrote, ‘I met Gia while working at Studio 54 in New York. She was innocent, seductive and erotic. We have something in common, an Irish ancestry, but she was curious of my Mayan birth reincarnation and repeatedly she said I was her Mayan god. We became the best friends during an era of personal lifestyle addictions. I knew she was destined to become a beauty icon of that time.”
From her bio, at age seventeen, Gia Carangi was working the counter at her father’s Philadelphia luncheonette, Hoagie City. Within a year, Gia was one of the top models of the late 1970’s, gracing the covers of Cosmopolitan and Vogue, partying at New York’s Studio 54 and the Mudd Club, and redefining the industry’s standard of beauty. She was the darling of moguls and movie stars, royalty and rockers.
Pakal wrote in his diary, “Gia liked the New York suburbs. In the new year of 1980, she called me and I had to get her in a slum, a dark alley between 99th and Broadway St. at 4am dressed like a beautiful princess but completely intoxicated. She said she wanted to feel the darkness and the poverty of the most powerful city in the world.”
According to Pakal, an interesting personal/business connection developed between fashion photographer Scavullo and her and it seems for a while Gia became Scavullo’s favorite protégé.
As per Lord Pakal’s request, we have made this personal CGI photomontage that Pakal wanted with the style of the movie ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars.” Pakal said Gia wanted to be photographed in a sordid environment, a celebration to gloomy elements which are not popular in the fashion world. You can notice from our 3D image that Gia also popularized the ‘in vogue’ style that singer Madonna imitated years later in her videos.
Finally blackballed from modeling, Gia entered a vastly different world on the streets of New York and Atlantic City, and later in a rehab clinic. At twenty-six, she became one of the first women in America to die of AIDS, a hospital welfare case visited only by rehab friends and what remained of her family. For more details about Gia’s life, you can go to this website.
” I’m blessed I know
Heaven sent and Heaven stole
You smiled at me
Like Jesus to a child.”
(Lord Pakal to Gia Carangi – In Memoriam 2012).
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: We have made the high-resolution vector Gia t-shirt, called Retinal Fetish, in our store. Interested? Click the red link to go to that section and order it.
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