Stella Tennant
Stella Tenant on the runway in October 1994.

December 23, 2020: Famed British model Stella Tennant passed away on Tuesday, December 22, according to a statement from her family. This news comes just five days after her 50th birthday.

“It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant,” the statement read. “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.”

Her cause of death has not been determined at the time of publishing. According to a statement to BBC from a police spokesperson, there are “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding her passing. 

The mom of four started modeling in the early 90s and was most well known for her androgynous look. She quickly rose to fame, becoming Chanel’s face in 1996, and walked the catwalks of Versace, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino.

The fashion industry is mourning her ultimately passing, and industry leaders have been sharing tributes on social media, including—but not limited to—the Versace fashion house and Stella McCartney. 

Stella Tennant
Stella McCartney and Stella Tennant

“Versace is mourning the death of #StellaTennant,” a representative for the label shared on Instagram. “Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for many years and friend of the family. We will miss you forever Stella. Rest In Peace.”

English fashion designer Stella McCartney also shared a heartfelt tribute. “My darling Stella, I f–king love you and will miss you so, so terribly,” she 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.”

Click through to celebrate the life of Tennant, whose beautiful mark on the fashion world will never be forgotten.