Patitz, who died of breast cancer in January, starred alongside Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell in the iconic "Freedom! '90" music video
Any mention of George Michael's “Freedom! ‘90” music video would immediately conjure up a powerful image of Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and the late Tatjana Patitz, who died in January of metastatic breast cancer at 65.
Alone, the models were a commanding presence, but as a collective, their force was strong enough to shake up the industry for decades to come.
That’s why AppleTV+’s new docuseries, The Super Models — which peels back the layers of the lives of Evangelista, 58, Crawford, 57, Turlington, 54, and Campbell, 53, as told by them — may have come as a surprise to fans as it fails to truly include Patitz, who was also considered one of the original supermodels.
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Patitz was a Germany-born, Sweden-raised model who set her roots in California after her career kicked off in the 1980s.
Although starring in Michael's music video (and being shot for a memorable cover of British Vogue with the same group) was what really put Patitz in the public eye, she landed herself in the pages of various Vogue editions (she earned six covers across the publication) as well as other magazines like Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan.
She also worked with the industry's established photographers including Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts and Patrick Demarchelier.
Despite all of this, Patitz is barely featured in The Super Models. She's shown a few times on screen in scenes from the '90s — including while filming the iconic music video, as well as in photoshoots with the featured supers. The second episode is also dedicated to her memory.
However, her legacy lives on within fashion's "fab five." After her death, Crawford, Campbell, Evangelista and Turlington paid their respects to their runway comrade.
"We were babies together in the fashion industry and I feel like we grew up together," Crawford wrote on Instagram, while Campbell reflected on the times they had together as friends in Los Angeles.
"Tatjana took me in, under her wing. I stayed in her apartment for a night in Paris on my way home on the floor of her cool pied de terre on the left bank. You are unforgettable and are forever in my heart," added Turlington.
On what would've been Patitz's 57th birthday, Evangelista shared a tribute post to Instagram. "I know your sweet soul is with the angels."
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Leading up the release of the highly anticipated documentary, Evangelista, Campbell, Turlington and Crawford reunited for Vogue's September issue, the most notable issue of the year.
The foursome then appeared at the magazine's Vogue World fashion show, making an epic catwalk comeback while walking hand in hand in glorious metallic gowns. Neither of these appearances made mention of Patitz either, and despite many other iconic models making their marks on fashion in the 1990s, they were not included in the series.
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