Model Tatjana Patits has passed away at the age of 56

Model Tatyana Patits has passed away at the age of 56.


Vogue magazinewho helped launch Patitz’s career in the 1980s, announced the news of her death on January 11. The cause of her death was not initially announced, but it was later confirmed by her agent that it was breast cancer. Considered one of the original supermodels, German-born Patitz had her first modeling competition at the age of 17 in Stockholm. Although she ranked third in the house, it wasn’t until a few years later in 1988 that famous photographer Peter Lindbergh photographed her that her career was beginning to blossom.


One of Patitz’s most memorable looks came after she modeled for her British Vogue In 1990 – Chosen by George Michael for the music video Freedom 90 alongside Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista.




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Patitz said New York times In 2016, Michael was one of her “first teen crushes,” so she was flabbergasted when she first met him. The two have worked together several times, she says, and she always had a good experience with him, including in the ’90’s “Freedom” video. However, she noted that the musician wasn’t actually specific on the day she filmed her part of the video. . Patitz flew in and out of town all day and never crossed paths with Michael.



“I was in my own zone,” she said of the shoot. “I had to slide up and down the wall for part of the day. The feel of the set was very worn out, this big loft kind of vibe. There was another setup with me lying on a chaise longue with a black jacket smoking. I think I might be wearing a bust. And I was even smoking. It was People still smoked in the videos of that time and even in the movies.”


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Once Patitz’s career began to take off in the ’90s, she took down roots in California and also made a home for herself in the pages of various editions of Vogue magazineas well as other magazines such as Marie Claire And worldwide.


Along with frequently working with Lindbergh, Patitz often shoots well-known photographers Herb Ritts and Patrick Demarchelier as well. She built close relationships with photographers, who went on to help advance her career.


Patitz said, “People always said I looked special; that I didn’t look like everyone else.” Vogue magazine in 1988. “And I would have done it because of that.” A 1990 feature on Patitz in Harper’s Bazaar She emphasized the uniqueness of the model with her beauty.


“Indeed, Patitz’s features are almost disconcerting. Like Garbo or the Mona Lisa, her inexplicable gifts of line and sparkle defy definition,” reads the magazine, after attributing similar sentiments to hairstylist Uribe and makeup artist Gary Berkowitz.


During her career, Patitz has modeled for the likes of Chanel, Donna Karan, Vivienne Westwood and many more. Her last show at Milan Fashion Week in 2019 was with Etro at the fashion house’s fall-winter 2019/20 show.



said Anna Wintour, Condé Nast’s chief content officer and global editorial director for Vogue magazine, after the news of Pattits’ death. “She was less visible than her peers—more mysterious, more mature, more accessible—and that had its own appeal.”


In her career, Patitz has been featured on the cover of Vogue magazine six different times, making it a legacy in the fashion magazine.


Tatjana Patitz walking the Etro runway in 2019.
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Patitz’s son, Jonah Johnson, has followed in his mother’s footsteps to become a model in his own right — he even sided with his mother for Vogue magazine. The two have been featured in the fashion magazine more than once, most recently in 2019. She said Vogue magazine In 2022, “Jonah is my happiness.”


Patitz’s last red carpet appearance was with Jonah at the Bambi Tribute Gala in Berlin, Germany, last October. For the event, the two dressed up in all-black suits to walk the carpet together.


Tatiana Patits and her son Jonah Patits at an event in Berlin in October 2022.
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Patitz was born on March 25, 1966 in Hamburg and welcomed her son, Jonah, in November 2004. She had a deep love for all animals and especially horses, according to Vogue magazineHe was an ambassador for the American Wild Horse Sanctuary.


She often shares pictures of her animals on Instagram, including her last social media post in August. She celebrated National Dog Day with two sweet pictures of her pups, Matilda and Gatsby. Patitz has often shared flashbacks from her career, sharing praise for the bands she’s worked with over the years.


Patitz has lived a private life while not on the runway or red carpet, choosing to raise her son away from the spotlight. Her iconic work will live on as her legacy.


“In front of the lens, it is! It’s clear why it’s in demand,” said hairstylist Sally Hershberger. Harper’s Bazaar in the same 1990 feature that promoted Jamal Pattits. “She is the most beautiful of them all.”

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