British model Stella Tennant has died at the age of 50, her family have said. The Scot made her identify within the early Nineties on catwalks for designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Versace, and on the covers Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Her household stated: “Stella was an exquisite lady and an inspiration to us all. She can be tremendously missed.”
They stated her loss of life was “sudden”, and police stated there have been “no suspicious circumstances”. Her loss of life got here 5 days after her fiftieth birthday.
The household assertion stated: “It’s with nice unhappiness we announce the sudden loss of life of Stella Tennant on twenty second December 2020…
“Her household ask for his or her privateness to be revered. Preparations for a memorial service can be introduced at a later date.”
Tennant shot to fame after being photographed for British Vogue on the age of twenty-two in 1993, and went on to work with designers and vogue homes together with Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier and Burberry.
Versace paid tribute to Tennant on Twitter, saying she was “Gianni Versace’s muse for a few years and good friend of the household“.
Versace is mourning the loss of life of #StellaTennant. Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for a few years and good friend of the household. We are going to miss you without end Stella. Relaxation In Peace.
— VERSACE (@Versace) December 23, 2020
Tennant was recognized for her androgynous sultry seems to be and aristocratic heritage, being the granddaughter of the eleventh Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford.
She additionally starred within the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Video games alongside fellow British fashions like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
Earlier than changing into a mannequin, she studied at Winchester Faculty of Artwork and embarked upon a profession in sculpting, which she described as “my past love“.
Even after being noticed by Vogue photographer Steven Meisel, she wasn’t certain if she wished a profession in modelling.
“I did not know if I wished to be objectified,” she advised The Night Customary in 2016. “I believed it was a giant, shallow world and I wasn’t actually certain if I appreciated the look of it.”
However she did be part of the style world, and stated the 90s had been “a good time to begin modelling”.
Within the late 90s, Lagerfeld unveiled her as the brand new face of Chanel, noting her resemblance to Coco Chanel
Tennant retired from the catwalk in 1998 as she was pregnant along with her first little one, however later returned.
She married French-born photographer David Lasnet within the small parish church of Oxnam within the Scottish Borders in 1999. They’d 4 youngsters.
She additionally labored on campaigns to advertise utilizing much less vitality and to scale back the environmental affect of quick vogue.
“It’ll take us a very long time to alter our habits, however I believe that that is so clearly a step in the correct course,” she advised The Guardian final yr.
She stated on the time that she was reusing garments she has had for the reason that 90s and solely shopping for approximately 5 new gadgets a yr.
“At my age I believe it is in all probability fairly regular you are not that fascinated about consuming, [and not] loving purchasing as a lot as once you‘re a lot youthful. All of us have to assume slightly bit tougher.”
In 2012, she was inducted into the Scottish Trend Awards Corridor of Fame.