British supermodel Stella Tennant died suddenly at the age of 50 on Tuesday.
“We sadly announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on December 22, 2020,” her family said in a statement to the Sun. “Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. He will miss her very much. “
The statement continued: “Her family demands respect for privacy. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date. “
The Scottish-born beauty comes from an aristocratic family; her grandmother was Hon. Deborah Mitford, the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters.
A longtime muse of the late Karl Lagerfeld, Tennant started her in the fashion industry in the early 1990s and quickly attracted the attention of photographers, including Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber.
Throughout his career for decades, he has run fashion magazines, from Harper’s Bazaar to French, British and Italian Vogue, and posed for campaigns for Chanel, Calvin Klein, Hermès, Burberry and more.
In addition to running for the podiums for Alexander McQueen, Prada, Versace and Chanel, she recently opened the Spring / Summer 2020 Valentino Haute Couture show in January.
She also attended the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, dazzling with other British supermodelists such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Karen Elson.