“She was a beautiful soul”
David Fisher / Shutterstock Stella Tennant at the UK Fashion Awards in 2019
The family of model Stella Tennant has confirmed the cause of her death.
In a statement shared with The telegraph, the model’s family revealed that Tennant had struggled with mental health issues for “some time” and took her own life on December 22. She was 50 years old.
“We have been touched by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella’s death,” her family said. The telegraphh. “She was a beautiful soul, adored by close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humor touched so many people.”
“Stella has not been feeling well for some time. So it is a matter of the deepest grief and despair that she feels unable to continue, despite the love of those close to her,” the statement continued. “In mourning the loss of Stella, her family renews a sincere request that their privacy continue.”
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News of Tennant’s cause of death comes two weeks after the iconic model, who burst into the fashion industry in the early 1990s, passed away at her home in Duns, Scotland, days after her 50th birthday birthday on New York Times reported.
His family confirmed his death in a statement obtained by The Guardian December 23.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Stella Tennant on December 22, 2020. Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to all of us. She will be sadly missed. Her family requests that their privacy be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date, ”the model’s family said.
CARL COUR / AFP / Getty Model Stella Tennant at the London 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Following the news of Tennant’s passing, Anna Wintour, global editorial director of Vogue and Global Head of Content Condé Nast, paid a moving tribute to the late star in a statement to PEOPLE.
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“Stella was the very definition of the original in everything she did and through everything she stood for,” said Wintour, 71. “She brought her keen intelligence and innate sense of style to every time she worked with us; her presence has always transcended everyday life. [daily] the idea that she was just a model. “
“During her long career in the industry, she has remained a figure of fascination and inspiration for every new generation, perhaps because of how effortlessly she entered and exited at will,” said she continued. “Stella has been a wonderful collaborator and colleague to many of us over the years, but she has never been happier than when she was able to leave fashion behind and return to her family and friends. beloved and in a distant life in Scotland.
Peter White / Getty Images The model’s last fashion show – the Valentino Haute Couture show – at Paris Fashion Week in January 2020
Tennant became a notable fashion name from the early ’90s when she posed alongside the reigning Model Team of the Decade, including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer. The runway regular has dominated the catwalks of all high fashion brands for the past 30 years, including Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier.
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Known for her androgynous look and cropped pixie cut, Tennant’s bold style caught the attention of the late Karl Lagerfeld, who named her a face of Chanel in 1996. That same year, Tennant released the micro-mini. Chanel bikini that turns heads at the launch of the brand. Haute couture runway show, which has become a famous look in runway fashion pop culture history, referenced by many and worn by Kim Kardashian West, who shaped the look on Instagram more than two decades later.
PAT / ARNAL / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Stella Tennant presents the now iconic Chanel micro-mini bikini on the catwalk.
Tennant married French photographer David Lasnet – with whom she shares four children – in 1999, but let family life slow down her modeling career, which she continued until her death.
“I said I wasn’t going to be a model after I had my son,” she told the the Wall Street newspaper in 2012. “Now I just think, ‘Alright, I like people a lot. “And I haven’t found a better part-time job.”
Tennant is survived by her husband Lasnet, their son Marcel, 22, and their daughters Cecily, 19, Jasmine, 18, and Iris, 16.
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