Stella Tennant was born on December 17, 1970 in Scotland. Granddaughter of Andrew Cavendish, eleventh Duke of Devonshire, she is a distant cousin of Diana of England. She grew up surrounded by her brother, Edward, and her sister, Isabella. She studied sculpture at the Winchester School of Art.
Stella Tennant began her modeling career in the 90’s under the guidance of Isabella Blow. She first collaborated with photographer Steven Meisel and made the cover of Italian Vogue. In 1996, she signed an exclusive contract with Chanel. Seduced by her androgynous air, Karl Lagerfeld noticed her among the other models of her generation. She made the cover of many fashion magazines (Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and Vogue).
Little by little she moves away from the catwalks but comes back to the forefront from time to time. In 2012, during the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games, she takes part in the British designers’ fashion show. The same year, she received the title of Model of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards.
On December 22, 2020, she died suddenly at the age of 50. On January 7, 2020, her family revealed the cause of her death, and revealed that she had committed suicide.
On the private side, she has been married since 1999 to David Lasnet, a French photographer. The couple has four children; Marcel (born in 1998), Cecily (born in 2001), Jasmine (born in 2002) and Iris (born in 2005). But the couple separates in 2020.