Stella Tennant

1970 - 2020

Model. Born in England into a Scottish family, the Tennants of the Glen, she was the great great-granddaughter of industrialist Sir Charles Tennant (1823 - 1906). Her maternal grandparents were the Duke of Devonshire and his wife Deborah Mitford. She was raised at their home, Chatsworth House, and in the Scottish Borders. Tennant was boarded at St. Leonards School in St. Andrews and then Marlborough College, where she became known as a rebel. She studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art. Her modelling career began following a conversation with a friend in 1993 and her first photographs made the cover of Vogue. She was confident, six-feet tall with defined cheekbones and cropped black hair, but it was her smouldering androgynous looks that brought her international success. By 1996, she was the face of Chanel and provided inspiration to both Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace. She also worked for Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent. Yet, while others enjoyed the high-life, Tennant preferred the country life and settled at Edrom in the Scottish Borders, marrying her photographer husband at Oxnam parish church in 1999. Here and in Edinburgh the couple raised their four children.

She was one of three supermodels chosen to represent British fashion at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Tennant died at home. She will be remembered as one of the most sought-after faces in fashion for more than 25 years.

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