British model Stella Tennant dies at 50

By Simdi Gloria:-

Stella Tennant who is an aristocratic model and inspiration to designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, died suddenly on Tuesday, five days after her 50th birthday.

According to BBC, Her family announced the death in a statement, though the cause of death was not given. Police reports noted no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

Stella Stella Tennant was born on Dec. 17, 1970, in London. She is the youngest of three children of Lady Emma Cavendish and the Hon. Tobias William Tennant, son of the second Baron Glenconner, himself the younger half brother of Colin Tennant, the rakehell favorite of Princess Margaret, and the force behind the development of the Caribbean island of Mustique.

She is the granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, and Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest of the Mitford sisters.

MS. Tennant had a three-decade run in fashion In which she walked the runways for most major fashion designers; for every important label, she featured in their magazine; she appeared on scores of magazine covers; and she worked with the world’s elite photographers, editors, makeup artists, and stylists.

In the late 1990s, she was signed as the face of chanel. She was chosen along with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, to represent English fashion at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

MS. Tennant was in demand throughout her decade as a fashion model with designers like Valentino Garavani, Alber Elbaz, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, and Gianni Versace (whose family, in a statement on Tuesday, called her the late designer’s “muse”).

Alber Elbaz, who cast Ms. Tennant to star in his first advertising campaign for Yves Saint Laurent when he assumed design responsibilities there in 1998 (and soon after Ms. Tennant gave birth to her first child) said, “She was equally beautiful in a tuxedo or a chiffon dress,”

“She was not really a model,” he added. “She was a woman, a mother, English, aristocratic but with a golden heart.”

Mr. Elbaz further stated, “As soon as anyone mentioned her name, the reaction was always ‘I want her to be in my show,”
When asked why, he replied, “At the moment when you are at your most crazed and panicked, she was the one calming you down.”

Mr. Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Valentino designer, cast Ms. Tennant for the coveted opening spot in his couture show just before the world went into lockdown the last winter. This was her last show.

“When she came for her fittings, she was so nice to everyone — not just me, but all the seamstresses, everyone,” Mr. Piccioli wrote in an email. “What she showed was that elegance is not just about physical attributes or a walk, but something inside. She had a grace that was impossible to copy or explain.”

She is survived by four children, Iris, Jasmine, Cecily, and Marcel, and her husband, David Lasnet, a photographer and osteopath from whom she had separated in August after 21 years of marriage.

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