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Star of George Michael’s “Freedom!”, Tatjana Patitz, Dead at 56

Star of George Michael's "Freedom!", Tatjana Patitz, Dead at 56
Star of George Michael's "Freedom!", Tatjana Patitz, Dead at 56

Star of George Michael’s “Freedom!”, Tatjana Patitz, Dead at 56

Tatjana Patitz, among the most popular supermodels from the 80s and 90s, passed away Wednesday. She was 56. The Germany-born Patitz was one of several members of the era whose looks and styles catapulted them to global fame that transcended modeling.

Corinne Nicolas, the founder of The Model CoOp, a New York-based company, told reporters that Friedrich Patitz died in California Wednesday morning. Nicolas did not specify Patitz’s state of health but offered no additional information.

Along with Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford, Patitz appeared on the smoking in the video to George Michael’s 1990 hit “Freedom!”

The photos captured by Peter Lindbergh later inspired photographers Turlington, Evangelista, Patitz and Estelle Lefebure, Karen Alexander, and Rachel Williams to appear in a picture titled “White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu.”

Vogue magazine described how the supermodel that Patitz had once seemed less to her feet. Patitz had a certain beauty and a distinctively lovely face. There was something mysterious in the exact location of her face and her eyes were proof of self-possession and determination, as the source magazine claimed.

Patitz’s allure was womanly and clever, not as it was wide-eyed but of the bespectacled actress. With her training, she was a thorn in anyone’s side.

Patitz was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, but moved with her family to a small Swedish town when she was young. In 1983, her modeling career took an upward turn after she won a trip to Paris and won a commercial contract.

She later moved to California, where she took a photo of herself from her home near Santa Barbara with her son, Jonah. Lindbergh’s foundation’s Twitter account posted a tweet about Patitz.

We want to honor Tatyana’s kindness, internal beauty, and intelligence. We were supposed to miss her very much.