Book Review: Born This Way by Sacha LanvinBaumann and Wendell Ricketts (Translator)
Title: Born This Way
Author: Sacha Lanvin Baumann
Series: N/A, non-fiction biography
Publication Date: September 7, 2016
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
In February 1978, when the flawless Gia Carangi arrived in New York at the age of barely eighteen, she had already landed a contract with one of the most prestigious modeling agencies in the world. The future that lay before her seemed dazzling. Blessed with a magnetic beauty and a unique personality, the young Philadelphia native reached the peak of success in only a few months, quickly joining the elite ranks of “supermodels.” One of the most requested models in her field, Gia appeared regularly in such magazines as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan. For all intents and purposes, Gia’s life quickly became a fairy tale—or so it seemed. In only a few years, Gia’s destiny was complicated by unscrupulous individuals and by her inability to manage her cataclysmic success. Once on that road, the legendary model began a decline that led to her tragic end. Born This Way brings to light never-before-heard stories and unusual memories of Gia, offering new perspectives on her life, career, and personality. Through these previously unpublished accounts by those who knew and worked with Gia, Lanvin shines a spotlight on the woman herself, peering beneath the fast-lane glamor and the fame to capture the true essence of a supermodel who continues to mesmerize the world even decades after her death.
I received a free copy for a honest review.
I have to make a confession. I relieved this book a few months ago, and because of busy schedules and many other books to review I wasn't able to finish reading it soon. I also made this one of the last review books I'm reading because I was hesitant in reading it. Even when the author, Sacha Lanvin Baumann, asked me to review it I was hesitant because it's no the common genre I prefer to read. Especially a documentary about a famous model.
Man, was I wrong.
This book was based/inspired by a famous American fashion model Gia Carangi 1970s and early 1980s, and was considered to be the first supermodel. The book is narrated as a series of memoirs from friends, colleagues and co-workers. It was extremely well written, and it was very successful in mending the reader and the writer into one. Reading this book makes me feel like I'm stepping into Gia's skin and experiencing every single ounce of grief that she's experiencing throughout the book. Before this I never knew a non-fiction book is able to make me feel so connected to the story.
Either way, this book is a wonderful way to recall and remember a woman who 'defined an era', and you guys should all check it out.