Stella Tennant

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Stella Tennant
Born Stella Tennant
(1970-12-17) 17 December 1970 (age 44)
Scotland, UK
Spouse(s) David Lasnet
Modelling information
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair colour Light brown
Eye colour Blue
Measurements (US) 33-24-35 ; (EU) 84-61-89
Dress size (US) 6 ; (EU) 36
Manager VIVA Model Management
DNA Model Management[1]
Mega Model Agency[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]


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,[5] and Sykes was taken aback.

British Models - Closing Ceremony of 2012 Olympics in London

"One key shoot she (Isabella Blow) did was photographer Steven Meisel's Anglo-Saxon Attitudes in 1993, informally known as the 'London babes' shoot. At a cost of around £80,000, it is still the most expensive shoot for British Vogue. Isabella Blow's brief was to find beautiful aristocratic English girls to inspire Meisel. The girls who made the final cut were Blow's cousin, Honor Fraser, the designer Bella Freud, Blow's new assistant Plum Sykes, and Tennant."[6] During the Babes shoot, Issie told Tennant, "If I make you famous, I want a bottle of my favourite perfume.' A bottle of Fracas duly arrived".[6]

Meisel then used her on the cover of Italian Vogue.[5] Soon after, Karl Lagerfeld announced Tennant as the new face of Chanel, with an exclusive contract.[4]

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 new 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 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.[4]


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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]


  1. ^ "Model Profile - Stella Tennant". Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Model Profile - Stella Tennant". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Colman, David (June 16, 1996). "Chanel's Upper-Class Face". New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Model Profile - Stella Tennant". NYMag. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Krupnick, Ellie (Oct 29, 2011). "Stella Tennant's Pierced Nose Covers Vogue Italia". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Detmar Blow (2010-08-21). "Fatally flawed fashionista". Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  7. ^ "Stella Tennant's gilded talents" 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 Aug 2014. 
  11. ^ "Stella Tennant helps you Turn Up The Style, Turn Down The Heat". Global Cool. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  12. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  13. ^ Milligan, Lauren (12 June 2012). "Scottish Fashion Awards". Retrieved 14 August 2015. 

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