A New York Post report on page 6 this week said Stella Tennant, the British supermodel, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 50. Her family said in a statement on December 22, 2020 that she was a “wonderful woman” who has inspired many people.
According to the outlet, Stella’s family released a statement to The Sun reflecting on their time in the spotlight and their contribution to the industry. Tennant reportedly came from a middle-class family in the UK – her grandmother was The Hon.
Stella was Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and became a star in the early 1990s. She got the attention of the likes of Bruce Weber and Steven Meisel.
Over the years she has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and has worked for companies such as Hermès, Burberry, Calvin Klein and others. Tennant has been on the runway for other companies like Chanel, Versace, Alexander McQueen, and others.
With her success as a model, Stella worked among some of the biggest stars in the business including Karen Elson, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and many others. One notable story is when she sent photos of herself to a high fashion magazine, which led to a meeting with Plum Sykes, who was shocked by her septum piercing, which was an unusual look for the time, especially for models .
Stella later appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue and soon became the face of Chanel. It is not yet clear what led to Stella’s death at such a young age. Regardless, this wouldn’t be the first time an important figure in the fashion world has passed away at a young age.
Kate Spade, the American designer, died as a result of hanging in the summer of 2018. Kate was found dead in her apartment after a suicide that shocked the fashion world.
Andy released a statement saying she had suffered from anxiety and depression for years. David Spade, her brother-in-law, commented on the shocking nature of her death several times over the following months, including during one of his stand-up appearances.