One of the first supermodels of the 1980s and 1990s, Tatjana Patitz, passes away at age 56.

Tatjana Patitz, one of a select number of well-known supermodels who participated in George Michael's "Freedom! '90" music video

Her New York agent at the Model CoOp, Corinne Nicolas, confirmed Patitz's passing in the vicinity of Santa Barbara, California.

Patitz, along with Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford, were among a select group of "original" supermodels

She was a favourite of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose iconic 1988 image "White Shirts: Six Supermodels, Malibu" emphasised her natural beauty.

According to Anna Wintour, the magazine's global editorial director, Patitz was "always the European emblem of elegant

She was mentioned in Prestige Hong Kong magazine as saying, "There was a true era, and the reason that happened was because glamour was brought into it."