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Supermodel Tatjana Patitz, Star Of George Michael’s “Freedom!” Dies

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Tatjana Patitz

Tatjana Patitz

Tatjana Patitz, one of the original supermodels who defeated fashion in the 1980s and 90s, commanding huge payouts for photoshoots, died Wednesday, her agent said. She was 56.

The Germany-born Patitz was among a handful of women of the era whose looks and style catapulted them to global fame that exceeded modeling.

Corinne Nicolas, a founder of The Model CoOp, a Manhattan-based agency, told AFP that Patitz died Wednesday morning in California. It grossed more than $770 million in box office recoveries.

Nicolas told the media Patitz had been ill but gave no additional details.

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

That reached after photographer Peter Lindbergh seized Turlington, Evangelista, Patitz and Estelle Lefebure, Karen Alexander, and Rachel Williams in a picture titled “White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu.” Vogue magazine said despite the select professional group she kept, Patitz had always seemed separate from other supermodels.

“There was a certain element of mystery to Patitz’s beauty, something in the gentle oval of her face and the shape of her eyes that spoke of self-possession and passion,” the magazine wrote.

“Patitz’s allure was womanly and knowing, not that of the wide-eyed ingenue, and with her training as an actor, she was a force to be reckoned with,” it said.

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