[[caption-width-right:320:She's dressed as though she's in a fairy tale... when her life was anything but.]]

''Gia'' is a 1998 television {{biopic}} about the life and death of model Gia Marie Carangi. The film stars Creator/AngelinaJolie in the title role, alongside Creator/FayeDunaway, Mercedes Ruehl and Creator/ElizabethMitchell, and was directed by Michael Cristofer. It was broadcast on {{Creator/HBO}}. Jolie and Dunaway both won Golden Globe awards for their roles.

The film follows Gia as she moves to New York City to become a fashion model, immediately catching the attention of powerful agent Wilhelmina Cooper. Gia's attitude and beauty help her rise quickly to the forefront of the modelling industry, but her persistent loneliness drives her to experiment with mood-altering drugs like cocaine. She becomes entangled in a passionate affair with Linda, a make-up artist. However, after a while Linda begins to worry about Gia's drug use, and their relationship starts to fall apart. Failed attempts at reconciliation with Linda and with her mother drive Gia to begin abusing heroin. Although she is eventually able to break her drug habit after much effort, she has already contracted HIV from a needle containing infected blood and dies from complications from AIDS in 1986 at the age of 26.
!!This film contains examples of:
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: This is part of Gia's appeal in the fashion business, which was dominated at the time by [[HairOfGold blond]] GirlNextDoor-types.
* {{Biopic}}
* BrokenAce[=/=]BrokenBird: Gia was a beautiful, talented and charismatic supermodel and something of a trailblazer for other models like herself to follow, namely of those who are brunette and not super-tall. In spite of this, she also was an incredibly lonely, damaged and heartbroken young woman who even over her highly successful career just wanted someone to love and accept her unconditionally and turned to drugs and self-destructive behavior to cope, which ultimately led to tragedy.
* CampGay: Some minor unnamed photographers, make-up artists, and fashion deisgners. Being fashion, however, this is probably TruthInTelevision.
* CharacterTitle
* ClingyJealousGirl: Gia herself, and it's PlayedForDrama.
* DownerEnding: As it's based on a real person's tragic life.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Modeled in one in media res opening and even does a BouquetToss into the audience (albeit with a mink stole instead of an actual bouquet.)
* {{Fanservice}}: Gia and Linda's sex scene, Gia's nude photoshoot prior to that, Gia walking around in the nude. Angelina Jolie, everybody, give her a hand.
* FashionModel: Gia models many clothes in the movie.
* FashionShow: Gia attends a few in her work.
* FauxDocumentary: Parts of the film are shot documentary-style, as interviews with people who knew Gia.
* HowWeGotHere: One opening of the film focuses on Gia's corpse being prepared for her funeral. Another version opens with a FashionShow.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The fashion industry. It's not stated outright, but its mantra seems to be, "Drug abuse is fine and dandy as long as it's not too obvious."
* {{Jerkass}}: Wilhelmina's receptionist and most of the people in the fashion business, especially Bruce Cooper and Mike Mansfield.
* KickTheDog: Gia's drug dealer rapes her towards the end of the film.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: If she weren't a real person, Gia would be a very dark deconstruction. Sure, she's eccentric and wild, but she's also a deeply troubled and lonely person.
* MononymousBiopicTitle
* ParentalSubstitute: Wilhelmina became this to her, which made her death all the more devastating.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Gia and T.J.
* PrettyInMink: The wedding dress Gia modeled had a huge white fox muff acting as a bouquet (it had flowers bundled on it, and [[BouquetToss she tossed it during the show]]).
* PublicExposure: During a photo shoot, all the other models leave in disgust when the photographer tells them to "lose the clothes". Gia is the only one willing to go through with it.
* RapeAsDrama: A very effective example, when Gia is raped by her drug dealer.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Gia as portrayed by Creator/AngelinaJolie.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Gia. Her first instinct when Linda leaves her apartment after their night of passion is to run into the hallway to confront her - while still completely naked.
--> '''Gia:''' Where are you going?
--> '''Linda:''' You don't have any clothes on.
--> '''Gia:''' ...Don't change the subject.
* TakeThat: At one point, a group of big-wig fashion industry people are in a meeting being led by someone who is clearly based off of Anna Wintour. Also while looking at photos of various models (which she declares them as "boring", "fat" or even ''"too dumb"''), she then sees a picture of a blonde, smiling model which makes her yell out, "Oh, God! I am so sick of seeing ''her'' face!" She is never identified, but good candidates for the woman could be either Christie Brinkley or Cheryl Tiegs.
* TimeshiftedActor: Gia as a child is played by Creator/MilaKunis.
* {{Tragedy}}: As the standard of a DownerEnding.
* WindowPain: At one point, Gia smashes the window of Linda's apartment to let herself in.
* YuriGenre: Gia and Linda's relationship.