Supermodel Tatjana Patitz, who graced the pages of magazines together with British Vogue through the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s, has died. She was 56.
“Today, our beauty Tatjana Patitz, passed away,” Patitz’s company, the Model CoOp, introduced Wednesday on Instagram. “As one of the original Supers and through her work with Patrick Demarchelier, Herb Ritts, and Peter Lindbergh, Tatjana’s career in the fashion industry stands apart.”
Patitz died of metastatic breast most cancers, Model CoOp director Corinne Nicolas confirmed to The Times on Wednesday.
Born in Germany and raised in Sweden, Patitz started her modeling profession within the late ’80s and rose to fame as one of many unique supermodels.
Her breakout look got here through British Vogue’s January 1990 cowl, which featured Peter Lindbergh’s “White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu.” The famed cowl photograph additionally featured modeling icons Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.
Shortly after, Patitz and her co-models starred within the music video for George Michael’s “Freedom!”
She additionally appeared in music movies for Duran Duran and movies together with “Rising Sun,” “Ready to Wear” and “Restraining Order.”
“I’d rather do smaller parts with a good cast and director that I believe in,” she advised The Times in 1993. “I’m taking every day as it comes. To think of all the possible outcomes, I would drive myself insane.”
Paying tribute to Patitz on Wednesday was Crawford, who recalled on Instagram her time with the mannequin.
“We were babies together in the fashion industry and I feel like we grew up together. We were in so many shoots together and backstage at shows,” Crawford captioned an image of her and Patitz.
“I found her soft-spoken, sensitive, kind, inquisitive and, who could ever forget those piercing eyes. Her love of animals and nature was infectious. Sending my condolences to her family — especially the son she adored. RIP.”
Fashion photographer Nigel Barker tweeted Wednesday that he “will never forget her.”
On Twitter, the Peter Lindbergh Foundation remembered Patitz for her “kindness, inner beauty and outstanding intelligence.”
In Vogue’s tribute revealed Wednesday, international editorial director Anna Wintour celebrated Patitz.
“Tatjana was always the European symbol of chic, like Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti,” she stated. “She was far less visible than her peers — more mysterious, more grown-up, more unattainable — and that had its own appeal.”
Patitz is survived by son Jonah, 19; her sister; and her mother and father. To honor Patitz, in addition to her help for the conservation of untamed horses, supporters can donate to equine sanctuary Return to Freedom.