Iconic superModel Tatjana Patitz has died at the age of 56, her modeling agency has announced.
No cause of death has been revealed. The German-born model was living in California at the time of her death.
Patitz, who rose to fame in the 1990s, became one of the decade’s most prominent supermodels. She also appeared in music videos for Duran Duran and George Michael.
In a 1988 interview with Vogue magazine, she attributed her success to “not looking like anyone else”.
“People always said that I looked special… And I was going to make it because of that,” she said at the time.
Patitz was born in Hamburg in 1966, to an Estonian mother and a German father.
Her family soon relocated to Sweden, where she entered a contest at the age of 17. She came third and it took several years for her career to take off.
Patitz likewise included on the popular 1990 English Vogue cover close by individual supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, establishing her status as one of the five “unique” supermodels of the 1990s.
She likewise featured in George Michael’s Opportunity! ’90 music video and dealt with lobbies for Chanel, Calvin Klein and Versace.
Anna Wintour, worldwide article overseer of Vogue, said: “Tatjana was dependably the European image of stylish, as Romy Schneider-meets-Monica Vitti She was definitely less noticeable than her friends – more baffling, more adult, more unreachable – and that had its own allure.”
The Peter Lindbergh Establishment honored “Tatjana’s consideration, inward magnificence and remarkable insight”.
“She will be tremendously missed,” a Twitter explanation by the Establishment said.
Patitz’s latest catwalk appearance was in the Etro show in February 2019 as a feature of Milan style week, as per Reuters news organization.