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Stella Tennant
Born (1970-12-17)17 December 1970
London, England
Died 22 December 2020(2020-12-22) (aged 50)
Duns, Scottish Borders
Occupation Model
Years active 1993–2020
Spouse(s)
David Lasnet (m. 1999)
Children 4
Modelling information
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair colour Light brown
Eye colour Blue
Agency DNA Model Management (New York)
VIVA Model Management (Paris, London, Barcelona)
Mega Model Agency (Hamburg)

Stella Tennant (17 December 1970 – 22 December 2020) was a British model. The daughter of The Hon. Tobias William Tennant, son of the 2nd Baron Glenconner, and Lady Emma Cavendish, Tennant was born in London and attended St Leonards School in St Andrews. She was a grandchild of Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire and The Hon. Deborah Mitford, one of the the Mitford sisters,

In 1993, she attracted the attention of photographers such as Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber and soon achieved success as a fashion model, posing for magazines such as French, British and Italian Vogue as well as Harper's Bazaar and Numero.

Career

Tennant studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art. In 1993, she sent photographs of herself to a high fashion magazine, and a friend introduced her to fashion writer Plum Sykes. She had recently had her nasal septum pierced, which was an unusual look for models at the time, and Sykes was taken aback.

Meisel then used her on the cover of Italian Vogue. Soon after, Karl Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel, with an exclusive contract.

Tennant appeared on fashion runways for Shiatzy Chen, Bill Blass, Dior and Chanel. She was a muse of the designers Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace. She also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermès, and Burberry. In 2010, she starred in L.K.Bennett's Spring Summer campaign photographed by Tim Walker.

During the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, Tennant was one of the British models wearing fashions created by British designers specifically for the event.

In 2016 Tennant and Lady Isabella Cawdor premiered a new ready to wear collection they designed for the gunmaker and clothing retailer Holland & Holland.

Personal life

Tennant married French photographer turned osteopath David Lasnet in her hometown of Oxnam, Roxburghshire in the Borders of Scotland, on 22 June 1999. They had four children together (Marcel, born 1998, Cecily, born 2001, Jasmine, born 2002, and Iris, born 2004). The family lived near Duns, in the small village of Edrom in Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders.

Tennant died on 22 December 2020, 5 days after her 50th birthday.

Activism

In 2009, Tennant worked with green lifestyle organisation Global Cool to promote using less energy at home. She made a video with them and became one of the faces of their Turn Up The Style, Turn Down The Heat campaign.

In August 2014, Tennant was one of 200 celebrities who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.

Honours and awards

In June 2012, Tennant was inducted as Model of the Year into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame at their annual awards event.

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