Supermodel was Vogue, MTV icon

Supermodel was Vogue, MTV icon

Legendary supermodel Tatjana Patitz died of breast most cancers, it has been revealed.

Patitz’s agent, Corrine Nichols, disclosed the 56-12 months-old’s cause of demise to CNN on Wednesday afternoon — just hours immediately after the first news of Patitz’s passing broke on-line.

The mom-of-1 handed absent at her home in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is survived by her 19-year-outdated son, Jonah.

Patitiz, who is famed for her 40-yr occupation, was explained by Vogue as “the quietest and perhaps the most powerful of the unique supermodels.”

“Tatjana was always the European image of stylish, like Romy Schneider-fulfills-Monica Vitti,” Anna Wintour, the main material officer of Condé Nast and worldwide editorial director of Vogue, reported in the magazine’s announcement of the model’s passing.

Supermodel was Vogue, MTV icon
Tatjana Patitz (pictured final yr) died on Wednesday adhering to a struggle with breast most cancers. The German-born natural beauty is survived by her 19-calendar year-aged son, Jonah.

The blond became thought of one of the trend world’s OG supermodels immediately after she appeared alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington on the January 1990 address of British Vogue.

The protect is a single of the vogue world’s most well known of all time. The legendary shot was captured by Peter Lindbergh, who died in 2019.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tatjana Patitz, a longtime close friend of Peter’s,” the Peter Lindbergh Foundation tweeted Wednesday. “We would like to salute Tatjana’s kindness, internal elegance, and fantastic intelligence. Our views go to her liked kinds and particularly [her son] Jonah. She will be immensely skipped.”

In the meantime, Patitz also appeared along with Crawford, Turlington and Evangelista in George Michael’s tunes video “Freedom! ’90.”

She had additional roles in new music clips for Duran Duran and Nick Kamen, turning out to be a fixture on MTV in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The blond appeared (center) alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington on the January 1990 cover of British Vogue
The blond appeared (middle) along with Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington on the January 1990 deal with of British Vogue
Tatjana Patitz in George Michael music video
Patitz is seen in George Michael’s tunes online video for “Freedom! ’90.”
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In addition to Anna Wintour and the estate of Peter Lindbergh, other fashion figures and businesses also expressed their disappointment at the supermodel’s death.

Crawford explained she was “so unhappy to hear” of Patitz’s passing in an Instagram article, which bundled an old image of the pair together.

“We have been toddlers jointly in the manner marketplace and I sense like we grew up together,” she wrote. “We had been in so many shoots with each other and backstage at displays. I located her delicate-spoken, sensitive, form, inquisitive and, who could ever overlook individuals piercing eyes.”

“Her appreciate of animals and nature was infectious,” she added. “Sending my condolences to her relatives – especially the son she adored. RIP.”

In the meantime, the Herb Ritts Basis, devoted to esteemed late photographer Herb Ritts, shared condolences on Instagram along with a sequence of pictures of Patitz captured by Ritts.

“The Herb Ritts Foundation is deeply saddened by the information of Tatjana’s passing,” the organization wrote in the caption. “Our feelings go to her cherished types and specially her son Jonah.”

The write-up was accompanied by a quote from Ritts about Patitz.

“My most loved deal with is likely Tatjana Patitz,” his 1999 quotation started. “I believe I have photographed her far more than anyone, and to me much more than any of the girls she has the most abnormal deal with: powerful, oval, the almond eyes and those solid lips – and it is her gaze, her internal self that normally will come via so strongly.”

In the meantime, Vogue product Eva Herzigova joined the refrain of Instagram sorrow, producing, “An angel has still left us, Tatjana Patitz.”

Tatjana Patitz
The German-born model moved to California, where she lived with her teenage son, Jonah.
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Patitz — who was born in Germany — was a self-proclaimed “animal lover” and “lover of mother nature,” opting to reside in the greenery of California as a substitute of the bustling metropolis of New York Town or Paris, which were the hubs of fashion for the duration of her heyday.

She lived largely exterior of the community eye, as opposed to several of her supermodel contemporaries.

“There were glamorous times, but it was exhausting,” she told the Guardian in a 2009 job interview. “The low points were getting to journey so a lot and getting fatigued. I normally imagined that [fashion and modeling] was not who I was it was what I did. It did not determine me. Dwelling out listed here and coming back to this position was like a sigh of reduction in a sense.”

The late supermodel even appeared in a collection of PETA campaigns, like the 1993 advert “I’d Alternatively Go Naked Than Don Fur” in which she appeared in the buff together with fellow styles.

She also promoted the organization’s “Models of Compassion” petition, which was signed by products who promised to never have on fur, and appeared in a “Live and Enable Live” vegetarian marketing campaign.

Tatjana Patitz on runway
Wintour described the design as the “European image of stylish.”
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“Patitz turned a supermodel, but PETA will usually don’t forget her as a model of kindness,” Lisa Lange, the vice president of PETA, told The Publish in an emailed statement.