Stella Tennant, Supermodel and Karl Lagerfeld Muse, Dies at 50
Stella Tennant, the Scottish supermodel and muse of some of the top fashion designers, passed away on Wednesday. She was 50.
Scottish Police found "no suspicious circumstances" relating to Tennant's death in their home, according to The Guardian.
Tennant's family confirmed her death in a statement to The Guardian, saying: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on December 22nd. Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be missed very much. Your family is asking that their privacy be respected. "
The family added in a statement that memorial service regulations would be announced “at a later date”.
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Tennant was one of the first supermodels to have an androgynous look at the runway with Kate Moss in the 1990s. Her 5'11 ”figure with her signature pixie cut made her an ideal model for all types of clothing, including more masculine fabric cuts, and she became a designer favorite.
Over the years, Tennant worked with Alexander McQueen and Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. One of her most frequent contributors was Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel and Fendi.
In addition to being a runway king, Tennant was a nobleman - her family was part of Scottish and British high society, and she was the granddaughter of the Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish and the Hon. Deborah Mitford, one of the Mitford sisters.
Tennant started modeling in the early 1990s after submitting photos of herself to high fashion magazines. She was placed on the cover of Italian Vogue with her pierced septum and huge scissors - a very unusual modeling look that caught the attention of Lagerfeld's discerning eye for design. Shortly after the cover of Italian Vogue, Tennant signed an exclusive deal with Lagerfeld as the face of Chanel and worked with Lagerfeld until her death.
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In addition to her modeling career, Tennant was an activist. She worked with eco-friendly organization Global Cool on video pressure sensitive adhesives about global warming and was one of 200 Scots to sign a letter to The Guardian asking Scotland to remain part of the UK.
Tennant is survived by her husband David Lasnet and four children.
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