Tatjana Patitz was best known as one of the first supermodels who ruled the fashion world in the 1980s and 1990s and got paid a lot for photoshoots. She died on Wednesday when she was 56 years old.
A representative of the German-born supermodel confirmed the sad news of her death and the cause of her death to media outlets like Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily. Read on to find out what happened to Tatjana Patitz and why she died.
What Happened to Tatjana Patitz That Led to Her Death?
Page Six said that Tatjana Patitz died after a long fight with breast cancer that had spread to other parts of her body. The supermodel died when she was 56 years old. The modelling world has lost a lot.
Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, wrote in an obituary for Tatjana that she “was always the European icon of chic, like Romy Schneider meets Monica Vitti.” Wintour went on to say, “She was much less well-known than her peers. She was more mysterious, more mature, and harder to reach, and that was part of her appeal.”
Tatjana Patitz’s Career Journey
Tatjana walked the runway for well-known fashion brands like Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Alaa, and Helmut Lang during her modelling career. The year 2019 saw the end of her last catwalk. She walked the runway for Etro at the time.
People thought Patitz was one of the first supermodels. In the 1980s and 1990s, she became very popular. She was a model, but she was also in a couple of music videos. In 1990, she was in George Michael’s music video for “Freedom ’90” with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington.
Tatjana also showed up in the music video for Skin Trade by Duran Duran and the music video for Tell Me by Nick Kamen. In 2020, she was in the music video for the song “Make Me Bad” by the band Korn.
Patitz was loved by many fashion icons, like the late photographer Peter Lindbergh. In January 1990, Evangelista, Turlington, Crawford, and Campbell were on the cover of British Vogue with Patitz. This was the start of the supermodel era.
Tatjana told Vogue in an earlier interview, “People always told me I had a unique look and didn’t look like anyone else. And that was why I was going to make it.” And she made a name for herself in the world of modelling.
Tributes Pour in for Tatjana Patitz
The Peter Lindbergh Foundation also expressed its sadness on Twitter, which is a social media site. They started by writing, “We are very saddened by Peter’s longtime friend Tatjana Patitz’s death.”
The foundation also said, “We would like to honour Tatjana’s kindness, inner beauty, and outstanding intelligence. Our thoughts are with her family, especially her son Jonah. She will be missed very much.”
Tatjana Patitz’s 19-year-old son, Jonah, is the only one who will miss her.
During this sad time, we want Tatjana Patitz’s friends and family to know how much we care about them.