Tatjana Patitz, best known for her cameo in one of George Michael’s music videos, has died at the age of 56. The late star, who was one of the top supermodels in the 1980s and 1990s died recently, according to her agents, who confirmed the sad news today.
Tatjana was in the 1990 music video for George Michael’s hit song Freedom, along with Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington.
Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, said that Tatjana, who was born in Hamburg, was “the European symbol of chic” when she paid tribute to her today. Vogue is the fashionista’s flagship magazine.
The late model’s agent at the Model CoOp in New York City told publications this morning that Tatjana had died “recently,” but the cause of death has not yet been made public.
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Anna Wintour, the global editorial director of Vogue, said in a tribute this morning, “Tatjana was always the European icon of cool, like Romy Schneider meets Monica Vitti.”
“She was much less well-known than her peers. She was more mysterious, more grown up, and harder to get close to, and that was part of her appeal.” Tatjana was on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire and modelled for Versace and Chanel.
Tatjana was in the video for Duran Duran’s Skin Trade as well as George Michael’s Freedom. In the latter, she and another model were called the “supermodels of the 1990s.” In 1993, she played a murder victim in the Sean Connery film Rising Sun.
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Tatjana dated famous men like musician Seal, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, and singer Nick Kamen. In 2019, she walked the runway in Milan in a dress by Etro. Her last Instagram post was in August when she showed two pictures of her dogs Matilda and Gabby and said they were “the best.”
Tatjana was born in Hamberg and moved to Sweden with her family when she was 17. When she was 17, she entered a modeling contest in Stocholm and got third place in Sweden.
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
Her prize was a trip to Paris and a limited-time job. Fans of the beauty were saddened by the sad news, with one person saying on Twitter: “Can’t believe Tatjana Patitz is gone! One of the first Supermodels. R.I.P.”
One person wrote: “Wow. An icon of beauty and fashion. RIP Tatjana Patitz.” A third person said: “Devastating news – will always remember her in George Michael’s Freedom video.”
Tatjana is remembered by her son Jonah Johnson, whom she had with her ex-husband Jason Johnson… Follow us on Lee Daily to find out about more news like this.