Tatjana Patitz Dies: Tatjana Patitz was a German model and actress who died on January 11, 2023. She was born on May 25, 1966, and lived until January 11, 2023. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was known worldwide for modeling for fashion designers on runways and in magazines like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Patitz was one of the “big five” supermodels.
She was in the music video “Freedom! ’90” by George Michael in 1990, and her name is linked to the editorial, advertising, and fine-art work of photographers Herb Ritts and Peter Lindbergh.
In his book Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Changed the Course of Fashion, Nigel Barker wrote about Patitz’s career during the 1980s and 1990s, which was the height of the supermodel era. He said she stood out from her peers because she was exotic and had many emotions.
Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, wrote a book about her life in 2012 called Patitz, one of the first supermodels and a must-have in photos and on the catwalk. Harper’s Bazaar wrote, “Patitz’s looks are almost hard to figure out. Like Garbo or the Mona Lisa, the gifts of line and luminosity are hard to explain.”
Anna Wintour, the head of Vogue, said that Patitz has always been one of her favorite models. Barker noted that Patitz’s work bridged the exhibitionist 1980s and the minimalist 1990s in a lasting way. “The most lasting images of her were when she looked like herself,” he said.
Linda Sivertsen, a writer, said that Patitz is a big reason why beauty with stature and curves is accepted in an industry where people are usually skinny. Patitz loved horses and cared about the environment and animal rights all her life.
She worked for environmental causes and animal rights. Her self-described eclectic and bohemian style of residential architecture and home design in California, where she now lives, was known worldwide.
One of the Original ’90s Supermodels, Tatjana Patitz Dies at 56!
Tatjana Patitz, one of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s and 1990s, on the cover of magazines and in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” music video, has died at 56. Corinne Nicolas, who works for the Model CoOp agency in New York, confirmed that Patitz has killed in the Santa Barbara, California, area.
Nicholas said someone was sick, but he didn’t have any more information. Patitz was born in Germany, grew up in Sweden, and moved to California later. She was known as one of the “original” supermodels because she was in the Michael video with Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford.
Peter Lindbergh, a famous fashion photographer, loved her natural beauty. He showed it off in his favorite 1988 photo, “White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu,” and on the cover of British Vogue in 1990, which is how Michael got the group to be in his lip-syncing video.
Anna Wintour, the magazine’s global editorial director, said that Patitz was “Always the European icon of style, like a cross between Romy Schneider and Monica Vitti. She was much less well-known than her peers.
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She was more mysterious, grown up, and hard to get close to, which was part of her appeal.” Patitz said in an interview in 2006 that the best time for supermodels was over. She was quoted in Prestige Hong Kong magazine as saying, “There was a real era, and it happened because glamour was added to it.”
“Now the famous people and actresses are in charge, and the models are completely in the background.” She also said that models from her time were in better shape. “Women were healthy, unlike these skinny models whose names no one remembers,” Patitz said.
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