How did Stella Tennant die? Supermodel found dead at 50, just months after split from husband of 21 years
Scottish Supermodel Stella Tennant has died at the age of 50
Scottish supermodel Stella Tennant died on Tuesday, December 22. She was 50 years old. The Scottish police, according to media reports, did not find anything suspicious surrounding the supermodel's death. According to the statement from Tennant's family spokesperson quoted in The Guardian, "It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22 December 2020. Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Her family asks for their privacy to be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”
A police official was also quoted as saying, "Officers were called to an address in Duns around 11.30 am on Tuesday, 22 December, following the sudden death of a 50-year-old woman. Her next of kin have been made aware. There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal." From Stella McCartney to Donatella Versace, condolence messages poured in on social media.
McCartney wrote on Instagram, "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 exceed external perfection, Stella. May you ride high above us all on the most perfect horse, eternally in peace." The picture shared along with this message was from when the two were young. Versace shared, "Stella, I cannot believe you are gone. You have left us way 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” She also shared a brilliant shot of Stella.
Along with Kate Moss and Erin O’Connor, Tennant was the first batch of models to introduce androgyny on the ramp in the 90s. Tennant became popular and a favorite among designers Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière, Riccardo Tisci, and Victoria Beckham. She also walked the ramp for Lagerfeld in 2011 as he considers Tennant his muse. Lagerfeld had seen Tennant on the cover of a fashion magazine in which her pierced septum was highlighted even as she posed holding scissors. The non-traditional look caught Lagerfeld's eye and Tennant signed an exclusive contract with Lagerfeld to be the face of Chanel. It was reported that she had reminded Lagerfeld of Coco Chanel.
Speaking of her first assignment for British Vogue and how she ended up going to Paris for a campaign for Versace after being scouted by photographer Steven Meisel, Tennant had said, "After the Vogue shoot, he [Meisel] asked me to go to Paris and shoot a Versace campaign." She had then added, "Suddenly, it was a proper modeling job. And I didn’t really know if I wanted to open the door and see what was inside. You have an idea of what fashion is about, but I’d been at art school. I didn’t know if I wanted to be objectified. I thought it was a big, shallow world and I wasn’t really sure if I liked the look of it.”
Tennant also happens to be from royal lineage as she belongs to the Scottish and British high society. She is the granddaughter of the Duke of Devonshire Andrew Cavendish and Deborah Mitford, one of the Mitford sisters. Tennant is survived by four children as she split from husband David Lasnet earlier this year.