Stella Tennant

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Stella Tennant
Born (1970-12-17) 17 December 1970 (age 49)
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)David Lasnet
Modelling information
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair colourLight brown
Eye colourBlue
AgencyDNA Model Management (New York)
VIVA Model Management (Paris, London, Barcelona)
Mega Model Agency (Hamburg)[1]

Stella Tennant (born 17 December 1970) is a British model. The granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire and Deborah Mitford, one of the well-known aristocratic siblings, the Mitford sisters, Tennant was born in Scotland and attended St Leonards School in St Andrews. Her parents are The Hon. Tobias William Tennant, son of the 2nd Baron Glenconner, and Lady Emma Cavendish.[2]

In 1993, she attracted the attention of photographers such as Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber and soon achieved success as a fashion model, posing for magazines such as French, British and Italian Vogue as well as Harper's Bazaar and Numero.[3]


Tennant studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art.[4][5] In 1993 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,[6] and Sykes was taken aback.

British Models – Closing Ceremony of 2012 Olympics in London

Meisel then used her on the cover of Italian Vogue.[6] Soon after, Karl Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel, with an exclusive contract.[3]

Tennant has appeared on fashion runways for Shiatzy Chen, Chanel and is a muse of the designer Karl Lagerfeld.[7] She has also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including Calvin Klein, Chanel,[8] Hermès, and Burberry. In 2010, she starred in L.K.Bennett's Spring Summer campaign photographed by Tim Walker.[9]

During the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, Tennant was one of the British models wearing fashions created by British designers specifically for the event.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Tennant married French photographer turned osteopath David Lasnet in her hometown of Oxnam, Roxburghshire in the Borders of Scotland, on 22 June 1999. They have four children together (Marcel, born 1998, Cecily, born 2001,[11] Jasmine, born 2002, and Iris, born 2005). The family lives near Duns, in the small village of Edrom in Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders.[3]


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.[12]

In August 2014, Tennant was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[13]

Honours, awards[edit]

In June 2012, Tennant was inducted as Model of the Year into the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame at their annual awards event.[14]


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  2. ^ Colman, David (16 June 1996). "Chanel's Upper-Class Face". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Model Profile – Stella Tennant" Check |url= value (help). New York. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ Tennant, Stella (5 November 2018). "Cover Star Stella Tennant Reflects On The Vogue Shoot That Launched Her Career". Vogue. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ Craik, Laura (18 March 2016). "Stella Tennant on the Nineties and how it feels to be a British fashion icon". Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ a b Krupnick, Ellie (29 October 2011). "Stella Tennant's Pierced Nose Covers Vogue Italia". HuffPost. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Stella Tennant's gilded talents" Archived 29 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 29 May 2015
  8. ^ "Chanel S/S 13". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Various Campaigns L.K. Bennett S/S 10". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  10. ^ "2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony". Vogue (UK). Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  11. ^ Colacello, Bob. "Inside Paris's 25th Annual le Bal des Débutantes". Vanity Fair.
  12. ^ "Stella Tennant helps you Turn Up The Style, Turn Down The Heat". Global Cool. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". The Guardian. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  14. ^ Milligan, Lauren (12 June 2012). "Scottish Fashion Awards". Retrieved 14 August 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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