Stella Tennant

Stella Tennant

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Stella Tennant (born 17 December 1970) is a British model. The granddaughter of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who was one of the Mitford family, 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.


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, and Sykes was taken aback. She subsequently attracted the attention of photographers such as Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber and soon achieved success, posing for magazines such as French, British, and Italian Vogue as well as Harper's Bazaar and Numero.

"One key shoot she did was legendary photographer Steven Meisel's Anglo-Saxon Attitudes in 1993, informally known as the 'London babes' shoot. At a cost of around £80,000, it remains to this day the most expensive ever done at British Vogue. Issie's brief was to find beautiful aristocratic English girls to inspire Meisel - and the hunt was utterly exhaustive. The girls who made the final cut were Issie's cousin, Honor Fraser; the designer Bella Freud; Issie's new assistant Plum Sykes, and Stella Tennant." Stella Tennant's career was catapulted into orbit as a direct...
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