British supermodel Stella Tennant, who was face of Chanel, dies suddenly, aged 50

A 2018 photo shows Stella Tennant posing during a photocall at Chanel fashion house in Paris.
A 2018 photo shows Stella Tennant posing during a photocall at Chanel fashion house in Paris.PHOTO: REUTERS
Stella Tennant presents a creation from the Women Spring/Summer 2020 collection by Saint Laurent during the Paris Fashion Week, on Sept 24, 2019.
Stella Tennant presents a creation from the Women Spring/Summer 2020 collection by Saint Laurent during the Paris Fashion Week, on Sept 24, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Stella Tennant presents a creation from the Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2014/15 collection for Versace during the Paris Fashion Week, on July 6, 2014.
Stella Tennant presents a creation from the Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2014/15 collection for Versace during the Paris Fashion Week, on July 6, 2014.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Model Stella Tennant presents a creation for Salvatore Ferragamo during the Women's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show, on Sept 22, 2018.
Model Stella Tennant presents a creation for Salvatore Ferragamo during the Women's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show, on Sept 22, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Stella Tennant, one of Britain's top models, has died at the age of 50, British media reported on Wednesday (Dec 23).

Ms Tennant was born into the Scottish aristocracy. Her unconventional, androgynous looks helped her break into the world of fashion in the 1990s.

She went on to become the new face of Chanel and graced the covers of fashion magazines around the world.

"It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on Dec 22, 2020," her family said in a statement to the PA news agency.

"Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed."

The BBC quoted a police spokesman as saying there were "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding her death, which came five days after her 50th birthday.

Away from the catwalk, Ms Tennant campaigned to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

"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 told the Guardian newspaper last year.

Ms Tennant retired from the fashion industry in 1998, returning on a part-time basis to shoot clothing campaigns and appear on the runway.

She is survived her husband David Lasnet, and their four children.


A 2011 photo shows Stella Tennant with German-born fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld at a Chanel show in Paris. PHOTO: AFP


Stella Tennant walking for (from left) Chanel on Oct 2, 2012, Gianfranco Ferre in March 4, 2001, and Prada in Feb 25, 2016. PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS, EPA-EFE