German supermodel Tatiana Patitz, who starred in George Michael’s “Freedom 90″ video, died at the age of 56 on 11 January. A representative of her family confirmed that the cause of her death was breast cancer.
Patitz began her career in 1983 after being a finalist in the Elite Model Look competition, and she is considered one of her “original supermodels.”
She has appeared on the cover of Vogue six times.
“Like Romy Schneider and Monica Vitti, Tatiana has always been a symbol of European chic,” says Vogue Global Editor Anna Wintour.
At the peak of her career, Patitz appeared in the “Freedom 90″ video alongside other models such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington. They were hired after George Michael saw the cover of British Vogue’s Supermodel in January 1990.
Peter Lindbergh, dubbed the “fairy godmother of Patitz’s career,” was the photographer who captured Patitz’s natural beauty in her 1988 photo.
The Peter Lindbergh Foundation tweeted a tribute to the supermodel.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tatjana Patitz, a long-time friend of Peter’s.
We would like to salute Tatjana’s kindness, inner beauty, and outstanding intelligence.
Our thoughts go to her loved ones and particularly Jonah. She will be immensely missed. https://t.co/VGjAhLyC2C
— Peter Lindbergh Foundation (@peterlindbergh) January 11, 2023
According to Cindy Crawford, her love of animals and nature was infectious.
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