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British supermodel Stella Tennant died suddenly on Tuesday, five days after her 50th birthday on December 17, her family confirmed.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on December 22, 2020,” the family wrote in a statement, according to The Guardian. “Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Her family prays that their privacy is respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”
Tennant was one of the most recognizable supermodels of the 90s, loved for its alluring, glam-rock androgynous look. She was a mouse for several designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, who made her Chanel’s face in 1996. Tennant also appeared on runways such as. Versace, Burberry and Calvin Klein and even returned to the catwalk after a break to go on the Salvatore Ferragamo show in 2018.
When the news broke about Tennant’s passing, tributes poured in on social media.
Versace shared a photo of Tennant from a recording of the house’s Atelier Versace SS 1996 campaign, writing: “Versace mourns Stella Tennant’s death. Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for many years and family friend. We will miss you forever Stella. Rest in peace . ” Donatella Versace added: “Stella, I can not believe you are gone. You left us too soon. We met when you were at the beginning of your career. I cherish every moment we spent together. Ciao . Rest in peace. Donatella 💔 “
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Stella McCartney also honored her dear friend. “My beloved Stella, I love you and I will miss you so terribly,” she wrote on Instagram under a black and white photo of her and Tennant. “What sad, terrible news to end this already shocking year! My heart goes out to your amazing family who must have such undeserved pain. I am speechless … Rest in peace, your inspiring woman. Your soul and inner beauty exceeded it outer perfection, Stella. May you ride high above us all on the most perfect horse, forever in peace. X Stella. “
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