Model Tatjana Patitz, “supermodel” of the 1980s-1990s, has died at the age of 56
She was part of the group of “original supermodels” from the 1980s to the 1990s. German model Tatjana Patitz died on Wednesday at the age of 56.
The modeling agency on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue in New York, The Model CoOp, has confirmed the information from Vogue magazine. The supermodel of the 1980s and 1990s Tatjana Patitz died in California on Wednesday at the age of 56. The exact circumstances of his disappearance are not yet known.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Tatjana Patitz, a longtime friend of Peter.
We would like to pay tribute to Tatjana’s kindness, inner beauty and outstanding intelligence.
Our thoughts are with their loved ones and especially Jonah. She will be greatly missed. https://t.co/VGjAhLyC2C
— Peter Lindbergh Foundation (@peterlindbergh) January 11, 2023
Famous German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, who died in 2019, had always been a favorite of Tatjana Patitz and had been photographing her since the 1980s. Her foundation said on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened by (her death), a longtime friend of Peter’s.” and “(wanted) to bow to Tatyana’s kindness, inner beauty and incredible intelligence”.
She represented “the European symbol of chic”
According to Vogue boss the feared but admired Anna Wintour, Tatjana Patitz, who was born in Germany, raised in Sweden and has lived in California for years, “has always been the symbol of European chic, like the meeting of Romy Schneider and Monica Viti” .
Along with models Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, she was one of the “original supermodels” of the 1980s-1990s. The six women posed on a beach in 1988 for a photo taken by Peter Lindbergh for the now legendary Vogue (“White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu”).
Tatjana Patitz was also in the music video for “Freedom! ’90” by the late George Michael or in that of Duran Duran.
She was the mother of 19-year-old Jonah.