Tenant, who traditionally avoids female aesthetics and carves an iconic, sharp image rarely seen on the catwalk, died shortly before Christmas at the age of 50.
Her family said on Friday that she had been “ill for some time”, describing her as a “beautiful soul”.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of messages of sympathy and support since Stella died,”
“Stella has been feeling bad for some time. So it’s about our deepest grief and despair that she felt unable to continue, despite the love of those closest to her,” the family added.
“In grief over Stella’s loss, her family renews a sincere plea that respect for their privacy should continue.”
Stella Tennant at the Fashion Awards in London in 2019. Credit: David Fisher / Shutterstock
Tennant was one of the supermodels who represented the British fashion scene at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
But after the heyday of her career, she occasionally discussed the pace of the industry and eventually stepped back to focus on her family.
“The agency didn’t really know what to do with me,” she told the Fashion Journal in 2018, discussing the movement of fashion magazines to a more traditional look in the 2000s. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s no surprise.’ I had my little moment and fashion went on, and I will go on too. ”
“I gave him everything, all my energy and time, and now we will go and have a family together,” she said.
A number of remarkable fashion figures mourned Tenant’s death. Designer Stella McCartney writes, “Your soul and inner beauty have surpassed outer perfection, Stella. Let us ride high above all of us on the most perfect horse, forever at peace.”
And Naomi Campbell, in an Instagram post, called Tenant a “class act in every way.”