German model Tatjana Patitz, who was one of the most famous girls of the supermodel era of the 1990s, has died. She was 56 years old. Details have not yet been announced.
Tatjana Patitz was born in a German-Estonian family in Hamburg, which then moved to a small seaside town in southern Sweden. At the age of 17, she took part in a modeling competition, before that she was already noticed by professional scouts.
“She was much less visible than her peers – more mysterious, more mature, more unattainable – and that was her appeal,” said Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, with whom Patitz worked a lot. This is also confirmed by her colleagues from the model shop – after the shows, Patits did not run around parties, but most often went home to sleep. She liked to write poems and was already concerned with environmental issues.
Patitz was one of five girls photographed by photographer Peter Lindbergh, giving the world the phenomenon of supermodels. She was also often compared to Romy Schneider and Monica Vitti, calling her type the embodiment of European chic and aristocracy.
Patitz is survived by a son, Jonah, with whom they lived in Malibu.