Fashion house Versace and designer Stella McCartney paid tribute to model Stella Tennant, who died suddenly five days after her 50th birthday.
Tennant was one of a group of supermodels who participated in the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
In a statement, her family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on December 22, 2020.
“Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to all of us.
“She will miss him very much.”
During the closing ceremony in London 2012, as music by David Bowie Fashion played, the sequence featured giant floats depicting models appearing along the red, white and blue catwalks in the shape of the British Union flag.
In what he described Vogue magazine as a “career milestone,” Tennant wore a crystal Swarovski suit designed by Christopher Kane on the catwalk, along with colleagues Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Cole and David Gandy.
Tennant later became a spokesman who participated in the “Global Cool” campaign to raise awareness of climate change and in Oxfam’s “Second Hand September,” which encouraged the purchase of second-hand clothing.
Tennant was the granddaughter of the Duke of Devonshire.
Although born in London, she grew up on the Scottish borders and originally studied sculpture before her breakthrough in modeling.
She was photographed for the British Vogue 1993, and was widely seen in front-page magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar as she became famous through her work with Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada and Versace.
He chose Karn Lagerfeld for Tennant as the face of Chanel, and there were many who felt he had a resemblance to Coco Chanel, the company’s founder.
In a message on social networks, the House of Versace said: “Stella was Gianni Versace’s muse for 20 years and a friend of the family.”
Donatella Versace said she would “appreciate every moment spent with her”.
Stella McCartney added, “Your soul and inner beauty have surpassed outer perfection, Stella.
“Let you ride high above all of us on the most perfect horse, eternally at peace.”