German model Tatjana Patitz died on Wednesday at the age of 56 in the US state of California. Her family has announced this to various media. The family did not name the cause of death.
Patitz was a well-known supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s. The German photographer Peter Lindbergh had a major role in her breakthrough. In 1988, for example, he made the iconic photo White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu, which, in addition to Patitz, also features Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, among others.
In 1990, the German model posed for Lindbergh again. This time she did that together with Naomi Campbell, Evangelista, Turlington and Cindy Crawford for British Vogue. George Michael saw the photo of the five models, later dubbed the ‘big five’, and asked them to be in the music video for his song Freedom ’90.
Patitz continued her modeling career, but on a smaller scale. In 2019, she walked the catwalk during Milan Fashion Week.
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