The most admired British model, Stella Tennant, has passed away just five days after celebrating her 50th birthday, leaving behind her four children Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine and Iris and husband, David Lasnet (a French photographer).
She was a runway legend who graced the covers of most elite fashion magazines.
The news of Tennant’s untimely passing was announced earlier today by her family in a statement reading, “It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella on 22 December 2020. Stella was a wonderful and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”
She was known for her iconic pixie haircut, striking features, and stunning six-foot-tall appearance, including her long-lasting muse to fashion gurus’ from the Karl Lagerfeld to Steven Meisel. She will be forever remembered for her iconic catwalks in the 90s.
Throughout her fashion career, she had been the face of many fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. Her final runway walk was at the show of Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 in January.
Outside fashion, she is remembered for her activism about environmental causes and her passion for sculpture.
A glimpse on Tennant’s life
Born in 1970 in Scotland, Tennant was the youngest child of three children of Tobias Willliam Tennant, a son of the 2nd Baron Glenconner, and Lady Emma Cavendish.
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Tennant was also one of the popular elite Mitford sisters. Despite her aristocratic background, she was raised in a simple environment; she spent most of her childhood in a 1,500-acre sheep farm in the Scottish Borders, a place that she continued to cherish throughout her glamorous fashion career.
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Tennant had a natural creative instinct from the beginning; she received her primary education from the British boarding school Marlborough College after which she enrolled in the Winchester College of Art to receive a degree in sculpture.
Her fashion career started when she caught the interest of Plum Sykes, a fashion writer, who recommended her for the now-prestige Steven Meisel shoot in December 1993 “Anglo-Saxon Attitude.” Tennant had a nose ring in those pictures, which was considered as most controversial at the time. Greatly inspired by Tennant’s style and androgynous features, Meisel invited her the next day to model for him for Vogue Italia.
Soon after that, Karl Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel and signed her for a special modelling contract. She was also part of many high-profile advertising campaigns for Hermes and Calvin Klein.
Tennant was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame as a model of the year at their annual award ceremony in 2012.
She tied the knot with a French photographer, David Lasnet, in 1999. The couple met in New York during a shoot where Lanset was a lead photographer. They had four children together before they got separated in August 2020.
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Tributes from the fashion world
The news of her sudden death rocked the fashion world, as tributes and condolences started pouring in on social media.
Stella McCartney took to Instagram to pay tribute to the model writing, “What sad, horrific news to end this already shocking year… My heart goes out to your stunning family who must be in such undeserving pain. I am speechless… Rest in peace, you inspiring woman. Your soul and inner beauty exceed the external perfection, Stella.
May you ride high above us all on the most perfect horse, eternally in peace.”
British Vogue’s editor, Edward Enninful also offered his condolences to the family, describing Tennant as a “wonderful and kind” model.
Donatella Versace wrote, “I cannot believe you are gone…. I cherish every moment we spent together.”
Victoria Beckham also posted a picture of the deceased model with a caption reading, “So Saddened to hear the devastating news about Stella Tennant. She was an incredible talent and someone I had so much admiration and respect for.”
The family didn’t reveal the cause of her death, stating that it was “sudden.” Police said that there wasn’t any foul play involved in the model’s sudden passing.
Rest in Peace, Stella Tennant!