British supermodel Stella Tennant dies aged 50

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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Stella Tennant, Britain's most famous aristocratic supermodel has died suddenly at 50.

Her family shared a statement, praising Stella as a "wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all".

Stella Tennant, Britain's most famous aristocratic supermodel has died suddenly at 50. Photo: Getty
Stella Tennant, Britain's most famous aristocratic supermodel has died suddenly at 50. Photo: Getty

Stella's cause of death has not been confirmed, however, police say that were "no suspicious circumstances".

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The model died just five days after her 50th birthday on December 17 with her family writing, "It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on December 22, 2020. Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all.

"She will be greatly missed. Her family ask for their privacy to be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date."

Stella was the face of Chanel in the 90s, with Karl Lagerfeld noting her resemblance to Coco Chanel. Photo: Getty
Stella was the face of Chanel in the 90s, with Karl Lagerfeld noting her resemblance to Coco Chanel. Photo: Getty

In August it was announced Stella and her husband David Lasnet had separated after 21 years of marriage.

The pair shared four children, Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine, and Iris who are aged 15 to 22.

Stella shot to fame after being photographed for British Vogue at 22 in 1993. She would work with many designers and fashion houses over the years including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier and Burberry.

Versace shared their own tribute to Stella, saying she was "Gianna Versace's muse for many years and friend of the family."

Versace shared a tribute to Stella, saying she was "Gianna Versace's muse for many years and friend of the family." Photo: Twitter
Versace shared a tribute to Stella, saying she was "Gianna Versace's muse for many years and friend of the family." Photo: Twitter

"We will miss you forever Stella. Rest In Peace," they added.

Stella McCartney shared a tribute, writing, "My darling Stella, I f****** 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. Your soul and inner beauty exceeded the external perfection, Stella. May you ride high above us all on the most perfect horse, eternally in peace."

Stella McCartney shared a tribute, writing that the news was "horrific". Photo: Twitter
Stella McCartney shared a tribute, writing that the news was "horrific". Photo: Twitter

Former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman wrote, "So sad to hear the news of Stella Tennant's death. One of the loveliest people to work with and an exceptional beauty. And devoted mother. Tragic for all of the many people who loved her."

In the 90s, Stella was unveiled as the new face of Chanel, with Karl Lagerfeld noting her resemblance to Coco Chanel.

She retired from modelling in 1998, when she was pregnant with her first child, but later returned to the runway and worked on several campaigns behind the camera.

She appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games with fellow supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. Photo: Getty
She appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games with fellow supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. Photo: Getty

Stella was famous for her androgynous look and was also the granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish.

She appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games with fellow supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

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