It was reported earlier last month, on December 22 2020, that supermodel Stella Tennant was found dead at her home in Duns, Scotland. Just this Wednesday, her family has confirmed that her death was a suicide, according to a statement her family made to The Telegraph newspaper. The statement stated that Stella Tennant has long struggled with mental health problems.
“We have been humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died.
“She was a beautiful soul, adored by a close family and good friends, a sensitive and talented woman whose creativity, intelligence and humor touched so many.
“Stella had been unwell for some time. So it is a matter of our deepest sorrow and despair that she felt unable to go on, despite the love of those closest to her. In grieving Stella’s loss, her family renews a heartfelt request that respect for their privacy should continue", the family was quoted in the newspaper.
Tennant is survived by her four children, husband David Lasnet, her parents Tobias Tennant and Lady Emma Cavendish, a brother and a sister.
24 December 2020
On Wednesday, the family of model Stella Tennant announced her recent passing, just days after her 50th birthday. "It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22nd December 2020," said her loved ones in a statement. "Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed."
According the BBC, a spokesperson for the police stated that there were "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding her death. However, a cause of death has yet to be released.
L'OFFICIEL's Creative Director Jen Eymère paid tribute to Tennant on Instagram by sharing her first magazine cover ever, for L'OFFICIEL Paris. She said in the caption, "Rest In Peace Stella tennant, here in the nineties, her first cover ever was for @lofficielparis."
The model first came to prominence in the '90s with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. She was known for her androgynous look, as well as her bold septum piercing. In her career, she walked for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Helmut Lang, and more. Shortly after her debut, Karl Lagerfeld presented the Scotland native as the new face of Chanel, often commenting on her resemblance to the brand's founder, Coco Chanel.
In 2012, Tennant joined her fellow British supermodels Campbell and Moss at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. The group wore a series of ensembles made specifically by British fashion designers.
Outside of her career, Tennant came from an aristocratic Scottish family—her grandparents were Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire and Deborah Mitford, a well-known English socialite. Prior to her death, Tennant lived in Scotland with her husband David Lasnet and their four children.