Supermodel Tatjana Patitz dies at 56: Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and other ’90s supermodels then and now

The 1990s produced a number of supermodels. Sadly we lost one of them this week when Tatjana Patits passed away at the age of 56.

The model, who was born in Germany, raised in Sweden, and passed away in Santa Barbara, California. Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her agent in New York, Corinne Nicholas, at the Model CoOp Agency. Nicola told WWD that she died of breast cancer and was in hospice care at the time of her death.

The model rose to fame in the 1980s and entered her first modeling competition when she was 17 in Stockholm. Her career began after she was photographed by Peter Lindbergh in 1988 for his famous photo ‘White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu’.

In 1990, she modeled for British Vogue, which made her appearance in the music video for George Michael’s “Freedom” ’90. Patitz starred alongside models Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington.

Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Pattits, and Cindy Crawford were iconic supermodels in the '90s.

Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Pattits, and Cindy Crawford were iconic supermodels in the ’90s.
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Here’s a look at where some popular ’90s models are now.

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford made her modeling debut at the age of 17 when she entered Elite Model Management’s Look of the Year competition. In 1990, she joined Patitz on the cover of British Vogue.

Cindy Crawford on display in 1990.

Cindy Crawford on display in 1990.
(Ron Galella/File)

She quickly became a sensation and walked the runway for designers such as Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Valentino and Calvin Klein.

Crawford, 56, retired from modeling in 2000 but returned briefly to cover Vogue Mexico in 2011. She married restaurateur Rande Gerber, and they share two children: Presley and Kaya.

Cindy Crawford appears in Sept.

Cindy Crawford appears in Sept.
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She also created a skincare line, Meaningful Beauty, in 2004.

Linda Evangelista

In 1978, Linda Evangelista entered the Miss Teen Niagara pageant. Although she was not the winner, she was noticed by Elite Model Management – one of the largest modeling agencies in the world.

Linda Evangelista on display in April 1990.

Linda Evangelista on display in April 1990.
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In 1984, the agency signed her. The Canadian national, 57, caused controversy in 1988 when she cut her hair short to pose for a photo with Peter Lindbergh. After changing her hairstyle, Evangelista moved on to coveted modeling jobs, including the cover of British Vogue alongside Crawford and Patitz.

Evangelista famously said that she “never got out of bed on less than $10,000 a day.”

Linda Evangelista attends the 2015 Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City.

Linda Evangelista attends the 2015 Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City.
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The model retired in 1998. She welcomed her son, August James Evangelista, in 2006. It was later revealed that his father is Salma Hayek’s husband, François-Henri Pinault. This was revealed when Evangelista filed legal papers requesting child support from Pinault.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell made her modeling debut when she was 15 and went on to be the first black woman to be featured in French Vogue and Time. In 1987, she landed her first British cover of Vogue.

Naomi Campbell presented in Paris in 1990.

Naomi Campbell presented in Paris in 1990.
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Campbell, 52, said she faced obstacles early in her career because of the color of her skin.

“When I started out, I wasn’t reserved for certain shows because of the color of my skin. I didn’t let that put me off. From attending auditions and performing at such a young age that I understood what it meant to be black, you had to go the extra mile,” she writes in Naomi Campbell’s book by Taschen.

She went on to become an actress, with her most notable role as Camilla Marks Whitman in ‘Empire’.

Naomi Campbell attending the 2022 Fashion Awards.

Naomi Campbell attending the 2022 Fashion Awards.
(Stefan Cardinale – Corbis / File)

Campbell is one of the most famous supermodels in the world, having graced over 500 magazine covers and walked in countless runway shows. She is now a mother, who welcomed her daughter in May 2021 at the age of 50.

Christy Turlington

At just the age of 18, Christy Turlington left California and moved to New York City to pursue her modeling career.

Christy Turlington was introduced in 1990.

Christy Turlington was introduced in 1990.
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When she was 20, she signed a deal with Calvin Klein to be the face of the brand starting in 1989. Turlington joined other supermodels—Crawford, Campbell, Patitz, and Evangelista—for the cover of British Vogue in 1990.

In 1991, Gianni Versace hired Turlington, Campbell, Crawford, and Evangelista to simultaneously walk in his runway show. Turlington, 54, went on to sign with Maybelline in 1992, and the following year, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art named Turlington “The Face of the 20th Century.”

Christy Turlington presents the Kim Jones Spring/Summer 2021 Fendi creation.

Christy Turlington presents the Kim Jones Spring/Summer 2021 Fendi creation.
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She married actor Edward Burns in 2003 and they have two children: Grace, 19, and Finn, 16.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss was first spotted when she was just 14 at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was immediately signed by Storm Model Management.

Kate Moss attended the circa '90s Versace fashion show in Milan, Italy.

Kate Moss attended the circa ’90s Versace fashion show in Milan, Italy.
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In the 1990s, Moss dominated headlines with her romantic relationship with Johnny Depp. In May 2022, Moss testified during the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp defamation trial that the former “Pirates of the Caribbean” star never physically abused her during their three-year relationship between 1994 and 1997.

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The 48-year-old’s modeling career is still going strong as she continues to do modeling campaigns. Her most recent collaboration was with Marc Jacobs’ Resort 2022/2023 campaign at the end of the year.

Johnny Depp and Kate Moss

Johnny Depp and Kate Moss
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Kate Moss attends the WSJ Magazine 2022 Innovator Awards in November.

Kate Moss attends the WSJ Magazine 2022 Innovator Awards in November.
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Moss shares 19-year-old daughter, Lila, with Jefferson Hack.

Elle MacPherson

Australian model Elle Macpherson, also known as “The Body,” made her modeling debut when she was 17 years old.

Elle Macpherson was shown in the early 90's.

Elle Macpherson was shown in the early 90’s.
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She has graced the cover of SI Swimsuit a record five times in her career, which led to her being awarded the title in 1989.

Proving that she had more to offer than just her good looks, MacPherson became an actress in the ’90s. She starred in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces and worked alongside George Clooney in 1997’s Batman & Robin.

Elle MacPherson in a Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2023 women's fashion look.

Elle MacPherson in a Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2023 women’s fashion look.
(Stefan Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis/File)

The model also has two sons with French financier Arpad Busson: Arpad Flynn Busson, 24, and Aurelius Busson, 19.

Heidi Klum

In 1992, Heidi Klum entered the Model 92 beauty contest at the age of 18.

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Faced with thousands of competitors, Klum snubbed the grand prize: a contract with New York City-based Metropolitan Models.

Heidi Klum appeared in 1990.

Heidi Klum appeared in 1990.
(Rose Hartmann/File)

The 49-year-old model became the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel.

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Klum has had a long and successful modeling career and has also shown her talents in other areas. She is currently a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’.

Heidi Klum attended the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January.

Heidi Klum attended the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January.
(Fraser Harrison/File)

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Klum’s daughter Lenny seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps. Lenny started her modeling career at the age of sixteen. Klum and her daughter appeared together on the cover of Vogue Germany for the January/February 2021 issue.

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