Stella Tennant Top Model. Images, Bio, photos and video. Stella Tennant born 17 December 1970 is a British model.
Tennant was studying sculpture at the Winchester School of Art when she was “discovered”. She sent photographs of herself to a high fashion magazine, and a friend introduced her to fashion writer Plum Sykes. She had recently had her nasal septum pierced, which was an unusual look for models at the time, and Sykes was taken aback. She subsequently attracted the attention of photographers such as Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber and soon achieved success, posing for magazines such as French, British, and Italian Vogue as well as Harper’s Bazaar and Numero.
“One key shoot she did was legendary photographer Steven Meisel’s Anglo-Saxon Attitudes in 1993, informally known as the ‘London babes’ shoot. At a cost of around £80,000, it remains to this day the most expensive ever done at British Vogue. Issie’s brief was to find beautiful aristocratic English girls to inspire Meisel – and the hunt was utterly exhaustive. The girls who made the final cut were Issie’s cousin, Honor Fraser; the designer Bella Freud; Issie’s new assistant Plum Sykes, and Stella Tennant.” Stella Tennant’s career was catapulted into orbit as a direct result of meeting Meisel, who immediately went on to use her on the cover of Italian Vogue. Soon after, Karl Lagerfeld announced Stella as the new face of Chanel, with a rumoured £1 million contract. During the Babes shoot, Issie told Stella, “If I make you famous, I want a bottle of my favourite perfume.’ A bottle of Fracas duly arrived”.
Tennant was recently chosen to walk the runway for Shiatzy Chen, Chanel and is a muse of the designer Karl Lagerfeld. She has also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including Calvin Klein, Hermès, and Burberry. Recently she has starred in L.K.Bennett’s new Spring Summer 10 campaign photographed by Tim Walker.
Tennant married French photographer David Lasnet in her home town of Oxnam, Scotland on 22 June 1999. They have four children together (Marcel, born 1998, Cecily, born 2001, Jasmine, born 2003 and Iris, born 2005) and live near Duns, in the small village of Edrom in Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders.
In 2009 Tennant worked with green lifestyle organisation Global Cool to promote using less energy at home. She made a video with them and became one of the faces of their Turn Up The Style, Turn Down The Heat campaign.
Stella Tennant Interview video
British Fashion Awards 2011, Model, Stella Tennant video