Tennant, the granddaughter of a duke, rose to fame in the 1990s walking the runway for Versace, Alexander McQueen and other designers.
In a statement, her family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stella. Tennant December 22. ”
“Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to all of us. She will be sorely missed, ”he says.
The family requested confidentiality and said arrangements for a memorial service would be announced later. They did not disclose his cause of death.
Scottish Police said police were called to an address in the town of Duns, Scottish Borders on Tuesday following the sudden death of a 50-year-old woman. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire Andrew Cavendish and his wife Deborah Mitford from a glamorous and unconventional aristocratic family, Tennant was one of the main British models of the 1990s.
By the end of the decade, Lagerfeld announced her as the new face of Chanel, with an exclusive modeling contract, and she became a muse of the designer.
The Versace fashion house paid tribute to Tennant on Twitter, saying: “Versace mourns the death of Stella Tennant. Stella has been Gianni Versace’s muse for many years and the friend of the family. We will miss you forever Stella. Rest in peace. ”
Donatella Versace posted a photo from Tennant on Instagram in tribute to the model.
“Stella, I can’t believe you’re gone,” she wrote. “You left us too soon. We met when you were at the start of your career. I cherish every moment we have spent together. Ciao. Rest in peace. ”
Stella McCartney said she was “speechless” after hearing the news.
“What sad and horrible news to end this already shocking year!” McCartney wrote in an Instagram post which included a photo of herself and Tennant. “Rest in peace, inspiring woman. Your soul and inner beauty have surpassed outer perfection, Stella.
Tennant has also appeared in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermes and Burberry.
In 1999, Tennant married French photographer David Lasnet. She is survived by him and their four children.
“From the first time I met Stella, I was completely blown away,” fashion designer Marc Jacobs said on social media. “Her beauty, style and body language combined with her manners, cuteness, sense of humor and personality was unlike any other. loss. ”