The 1990s produced a number of iconic supermodels. And sadly we lost one of them this week when Tatjana Patitz died at the age of 56.
The German-born, Swedish-raised model died in the Santa Barbara, California area. Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her New York agent Corinne Nicolas at Model CoOp agency. Nicolas told WWD that she died of breast cancer and was in hospice care at the time of her death.
The model rose to fame in the 1980s and entered her first modeling competition in Stockholm when she was 17. Her career began after she was photographed by Peter Lindbergh in 1988 for his famous photo, White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu.
In 1990, she modeled for British Vogue, which earned her an appearance in George Michael’s music video Freedom ’90. Patitz starred alongside fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.
Here’s a look at where some of the iconic ’90s models are now.
Cindy Crawford made her debut in the modeling world at 17 when she entered Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year competition. In 1990 she joined Patitz on the cover of British Vogue.
She quickly became a sensation, walking the catwalk for designers such as Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Valentino and Calvin Klein.
Crawford, 56, retired from modeling in 2000 but returned briefly in 2011 to report for Vogue Mexico. She later married restaurateur Rande Gerber, and they share two children: Presley and Kaia.
In 2004, she also created a skincare line, Meaningful Beauty.
In 1978, Linda Evangelista entered the Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant. Although she wasn’t the winner, Elite Model Management – one of the world’s largest modeling agencies – caught her eye.
In 1984, the agency signed her. The Canadian-born, 57, caused controversy in 1988 when she cut her hair short for a photoshoot with Peter Lindbergh. After changing her hairstyle, Evangelista landed coveted modeling jobs, including the cover of British Vogue alongside Crawford and Patitz.
Evangelista is famous for saying that she “wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.”
The supermodel retired from her modeling career in 1998. In 2006, she welcomed her son, August James Evangelista. Later it became known that his father is Salma Hayek’s husband Francois-Henri Pinault. This came to light when Evangelista filed legal paperwork to claim child support from Pinault.
Naomi Campbell made her modeling debut at 15 and was the first black woman to be featured in French Vogue and Time. In 1987, she landed her first British Vogue cover.
Campbell, 52, said she faced obstacles early in her career because of the color of her skin.
“When I started, I wasn’t booked into certain shows because of the color of my skin. I didn’t let that bother me. By attending auditions and performing at a young age, I understood what it meant to be black. You had to work extra hard, you had to do twice as well,” she wrote in the paperback Naomi Campbell.
She later became an actress, with her most notable role being Camilla Marks-Whiteman in Empire.
Campbell is one of the most famous models in the world, gracing more than 500 magazine covers and walking in countless catwalk shows. She is now a mother and will welcome her daughter in May 2021 aged 50.
At just 18, Christy Turlington left California for New York City to pursue her modeling career.
At 20, she signed a contract with Calvin Klein to become the face of the brand from 1989. Turlington joined the other supermodels – Crawford, Campbell, Patitz and Evangelista – to report for British Vogue in 1990.
In 1991, Gianni Versace hired Turlington, Campbell, Crawford, and Evangelista to walk his runway show simultaneously. Turlington, 54, signed a contract with Maybelline in 1992, and the following year New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art named Turlington the “Face of the 20th Century.”
She married actor Edward Burns in 2003 and the couple had two children: Grace, 19, and Finn, 16.
Kate Moss was first spotted at the age of 14 at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was immediately signed to Storm Model Management.
Moss made headlines in the 1990s with her romance with Johnny Depp. In May 2022, Moss testified in the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation trial that the former Pirates of the Caribbean star never physically abused her during their three-year relationship between 1994 and 1997.
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The 48-year-old supermodel’s career is still going strong as she continues to run modeling campaigns. Their last collaboration was at the end of the year for Marc Jacobs’ Resort 2022/2023 campaign.
Moss shares her 19-year-old daughter, Lila, with Jefferson Hack.
Australian model Elle Macpherson, also known as “The Body”, debuted in the modeling world when she was 17 years old.
She has graced the cover of SI Swimsuit five times in her career, leading to Time giving her the nickname in 1989.
Macpherson proved that there was a lot more to her than her good looks, and she became an actress in the ’90s. She starred in The Looking Glass in 1996 and worked alongside George Clooney in Batman & Robin in 1997.
The model also has two sons with French financier Arpad Busson: Arpad Flynn Busson, 24, and Aurelius Busson, 19.
In 1992, at the age of 18, Heidi Klum took part in the Model 92 beauty pageant.
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Against thousands of competitors, Klum walked away with the top prize: a contract with New York City’s Metropolitan Models.
The model, 49, became the first German angel of Victoria’s Secret.
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Klum has had a long, successful career as a model and has shown her talent in other ways as well. She is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent.
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Klum’s daughter Leni seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps. Leni started her modeling career at the age of 16. Klum and her daughter appeared together on the cover of Vogue Germany for the January/February 2021 issue.
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