Stella Tennant has reflected on how her first shoot for British Vogue changed her life.
Over the course of her career, the British model has worked for a number of top brands including Chanel, Calvin Klein, Hermes, and Burberry.
Yet, Stella still views one of her first photoshoots, Steven Meisel’s Anglo-Saxon Attitudes in December 1993, as a highlight due to the involvement of Plum Sykes and Isabella Blow.
“Looking back, what I remember most from that day the clothes: Nineties’ sartorial anarchism at its finest,” she recalled in a piece penned for the December issue. “Joe McKenna was there as the fashion editor alongside Izzy, and I was dressed in a sleeveless polo neck dress by Alexander McQueen, Wolford fishnets, Vivienne Westwood platforms.”
Stella explained that the photoshoot went off without a hitch, but she was dumbfounded when Steven and his team invited her to fly to Paris the following week for a Versace campaign. The brunette beauty agreed and she ended up modelling next to established stars such as Linda Evangelista, Shalom Harlow, and Kristen McMenamy.
“Steven photographed me standing there while Linda and Kristen danced around me because I was too nervous to move. Then, by some twist of fate, one of those shots became the cover of Italian Vogue – and my life changed overnight,” the 48-year-old shared.
While Stella has posed for some of the biggest names in the business over the years, she still considers her work for the U.K. edition of Vogue to be her favourites, including when she landed a cover for the publication shortly after she gave birth to her daughter Jasmine in 2003 and the Fashion’s Force cover in January 2002.
Though she confessed she wasn’t actually present for the latter shoot.
“A belated confession: my schedule was so hectic at that point that I missed the actual day and had to be Photoshopped in later,” she noted.
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