Supermodel Stella Tennant’s life and career in photos


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Supermodel Stella Tennant died on December 22, 2020, at the age of 50. Over the course of a decades-long fashion career that began in the early 1990s, the British beauty walked runways for designers like Alexander McQueen and Versace, was a favorite of photographers including Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber and served as the late Karl Lagerfeld’s muse. Here, take a look back at her fashion legacy.

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Chanel Spring 1994 RTW

The Scottish-born model was discovered in 1993 and made waves with her androgynous look, short pixie haircut and septum piercing. Here, she’s seen putting a punk spin on Chanel tweed on the fashion house’s Spring 1994 runway.

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Défilé Chanel, Haute-Couture, Automne-Hiver 1995

The following year, she hit the catwalk in Chanel’s infamous “nipplekini” a barely-there micro-bikini that Kim Kardashian would later resurrect in 2018.

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Vogue 1995

Tennant dove into a swimming pool fully clothed for this iconic 1995 Vogue shoot.

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Prada Spring 1996 RTW

The runway regular stunned in a Prada LBD at the luxury label’s Spring 1996 show.

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Scottish Fashion Awards 2012

Tennant was honored at the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards, taking home the Model of the Year award in a purple moiré and black leather dress from Christopher Kane.


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2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

During the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Tennant dazzled in metallics alongside fellow British models Lily Cole, Karen Elson, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and David Gandy. Tennant wore a look by Christopher Kane, while other Brit designers including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Erdem and Vivienne Westwood also contributed outfits.

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CHANEL: Metiers d'Art - Show

Tennant enjoyed a long and lasting friendship with Karl Lagerfeld, and accompanied him for his final bow after Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2012 show in the model’s native Scotland.


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"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

She looked right at home at the “Punk: Chaos to Couture”-themed Met Gala in 2013, which she attended with fellow Brit Christopher Kane.

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Atelier Versace - Couture Fall 2014 Runway - Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Tennant modeled a jaw-dropping black-and-white gown during the Atelier Versace Fall/Winter 2014 show in Paris.

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The Fashion Awards 2019 - Prologue

Tennant turned heads at the 2019 British Fashion Awards in a colorful feathered gown by Armani Privé.

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Valentino : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020

Tennant opened the Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 runway show in January, in her final catwalk appearance.

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