British model Stella Tennant has died.
In a statement to the PA news agency they said,
“It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22nd December 2020.
Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed.
Her family has asked
“for their privacy to be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”
A police spokesman said there were “no suspicious circumstances” around her death. No cause of death has been announced.
Tennant made her name in the early 90s, with publications like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar making her into a star. She walked runways for designers like Versace and Alexander McQueen, and appears in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gautier and Burberry.
She starred in the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games with fellow Brit superstar models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
Tennant was born into an aristocratic family, the granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford. Away from fashion, she worked on campaigns to promote using less energy and to reduce the environmental impact of the industry.
She told The Guardian in 2019,
“It’s going to take us a long time to change our habits, but I think that this is so obviously a step in the right direction.”
She said at the time that she was reusing clothes she has had since the 90s and only buying about five new items a year.
“At my age I think it’s probably quite normal you’re not that interested in consuming, [and not] loving shopping as much as when you’re much younger. We all need to think a little bit harder.”
Tennant had a lifelong interest in sculpture, establishing a studio at her home in Berwickshire, where she worked with her sister Issy on a luxury homewares brand named Tennant & Tennant.
In 2012, she was inducted into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame. She married French-born photographer David Lasnet in the small parish church of Oxnam in the Scottish Borders in 1999. They had four children together.
Stella Tennant turned 50 on December 17.