Victoria Beckham leads the tributes to late model Stella Tennant

‘I had so much admiration and respect for her’: Victoria Beckham leads the tributes to model Stella Tennant after news of her tragic death aged 50

Victoria Beckham has led the tributes to model Stella Tennant on Wednesday, following news of her sudden death aged 50 on Tuesday.

The fashion mogul, 46, took to Instagram to pen an emotional tribute to the late runway star, who opened Victoria’s first London Fashion Week show in 2018.

Sharing a picture of Stella at the event, Victoria wrote that she was ‘so saddened to hear the devastating news’, and added: ‘She was an incredible talent and someone I had so much admiration and respect for. 

‘I had so much admiration and respect for her’: Victoria Beckham (pictured in Febuary) led the tributes to model Stella Tennant on Wednesday after news of her tragic death aged 50

‘This photo is of her opening my first show back at London Fashion Week in 2018, to celebrate my 10th anniversary. 

‘It was a huge privilege to have her there and meant so much to me, I just loved everything about her. My thoughts are with her family.’

Stella’s family praised the mother-of-four as a ‘wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all’ in a statement which confirmed her ‘sudden death’ at their Scottish Borders home yesterday.

Tribute: Sharing a picture of Stella at the event, Victoria wrote that she was ‘so saddened to hear the devastating news’, and added: ‘She was an incredible talent’

Runway star: Stella opened Victoria’s first London Fashion Week show in 2018, and the fashion mogul shared an image of her on the catwalk (pictured)

Mrs Tennant’s cause of death has not yet been ascertained, and police said there are no suspicious circumstances. 

She is survived by her husband David, who she separated from earlier this year, and their four children, Marcel, Cecily, Jasmine, and Iris who are aged 15 to 22.

Fashion designer Stella McCartney also paid an emotional tribute to Stella, saying she will miss her ‘so, so terribly.’

Posting a picture with Stella, she wrote: ‘My darling Stella, I f***ing love you and will miss you so, so terribly. What sad, horrific news to end this already shocking year! 

Moving: Fashion designer Stella McCartney also paid an emotional tribute to Stella, saying she will miss her ‘so, so terribly’ as she shared an old picture alongside her

In her honour: British Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful also paid tribute, calling her ‘kind and wonderful’

RIP: Fashion house Versace also penned a tribute to Stella, writing on Twitter: ‘Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for many years and friend of the family. We will miss you forever Stella’

‘My heart goes out to your stunning family who must be in such undeserving pain. I am speechless… Rest in peace, you inspiring woman. 

‘Your soul and inner beauty exceeded the external perfection, Stella. May you ride high above us all on the most perfect horse, eternally in peace. x Stella.’

British Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful also paid tribute, sharing one of Stella’s front cover shoots for the publication.

He said in the caption: ‘R.I.P kind and wonderful Stella. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.’


Tragic: On Wednesday, Stella’s family praised the mother-of-four as a ‘wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all’ in a statement which confirmed her ‘sudden death’ 

Fashion house Versace also penned a tribute to Stella, writing on Twitter: ‘Versace is mourning the death of #StellaTennant. 

‘Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for many years and friend of the family. We will miss you forever Stella. Rest In Peace.’

Mrs Tennant was the granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire and Deborah Mitford, one of the well-known aristocratic siblings.

Split: Mrs Tennant pictured at her wedding to David Lasnet in 1999. In August it was revealed Mrs Tennant had separated from her husband after 21 years of marriage earlier this year

Her first shoot made the cover of British Vogue in December 1993, which Mrs Tennant later said came about ‘by accident’, and at the end of that day’s work she was asked to do a Versace campaign in Paris, which ended up as the cover of the Italian edition.

The model was known for her androgynous looks during her 1990s heyday and soon became a muse for Karl Lagerfeld, which the fashion designer attributed to her resemblance to Coco Chanel.

Mrs Tennant also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermes, and Burberry before retiring in 1998 as she was pregnant with her first child. She later returned to the runway and worked on several campaigns behind the camera.

Icon: The mother-of-four was known for her androgynous looks during her 1990s modelling heyday and soon became a muse for Karl Lagerfeld (pictured together in 2012)

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