Renowned British model Stella Tennant, who rose to fame for her inimitable catwalk, passed away at the age of 50, her family announced on Wednesday. She was the granddaughter of the 11th Duke, Andrew Cavendish and Deborah Mitford, the Duchess of Devonshire. She became a famous model and cover-star in the 1990s by walking for designers like Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen. She was married to French photographer David Lasnet and the couple had four children – Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine, and Iris.
“It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22nd December 2020,” the statement said. “Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed.”
Police Scotland said that on December 22 the officers were called to an address in the town of Duns in the Scottish Borders “following the sudden death of a 50-year-old woman”. They also claimed that there were no suspicious circumstances. Tennant, who turned 50 on December 17, was the youngest of the famous high-society Mitford sisters, born to the Hon. Tobias Tennant and his wife Lady Emma.
Tributes have been pouring in for the model who graced the runway for top fashion houses including Chanel, Versace and Valentino, and was a muse of Karl Lagerfeld.
English band Duran Duran wrote, “Awful news about Stella Tennant. All love to her family and friends.”
Awful news about Stella Tennant. All love to her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/sEBJDtoVn1
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) December 23, 2020
Luxury brand Versace released a statement saying that they are “mourning the death of Stella Tennant. Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for many years and friend of the family. We will miss you forever Stella. Rest In Peace.”
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Jeremy Scott, creative director of Italian luxury fashion house Moschino said, “Truly heartbroken at the news of the loss of Stella Tennant. She was a kind and gentle woman. I will never forget seeing her backstage her first season modeling, i was still in school in new york and snuck in backstage to a show and saw her all by herself reading a book her little black hair cut with her choppy bangs hovering just above her eyes which were rimmed dark with kohl, and her septum piercing, a hoop ring with one ball. I was enamored! Tall, elegant and refined like a gazelle then self-styled into a punk! (sic)”
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Actress Lori Sutton said that she is “sad to hear about the passing” of her favourite ever model.
So sad to hear about the passing of my favourite EVER model. Stella was the inspiration behind every piece I have ever envisaged/designed/made. My head constantly thought “would Stella wear this?” #stellatennant pic.twitter.com/KMd49YpZOo
— lori sutton (@lori_sutton) December 23, 2020
Designer Stella McCartney also took to social media to express grief. “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. x Stella”
My darling Stella, I fucking love you and will miss you so, so terribly. 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. x Stella pic.twitter.com/IPW9r8Qypu
— Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney) December 23, 2020
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