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Cindy Crawford pays tribute to Tatjana Pattiz

Cindy Crawford paid tribute to Tatjana Pattiz who died at the age of 56. Taking to Instagram, Crawford shared a picture with the former supermodel and wrote, “So sad to hear of passing of the beautiful Tatjana. We were babies together in the fashion industry and I feel like we grew up together.”

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

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

Corinne Nicolas, founder of The Model CoOp, a Manhattan-based agency told AFP that Patitz died Wednesday morning in California.

Nicolas told media Patitz had been ill, but gave no further 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 came after photographer Peter Lindbergh captured 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 elite professional company 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,” she said.

Born in Hamburg, Patitz moved with her Estonian mother and German father to a small Swedish town at an early age.

Her break in modeling came in 1983 when she won a trip to Paris and a limited term contract.

She later settled in California, where she was photographed in recent years around her ranch near Santa Barbara with her son, Jonah.

The Twitter account for Lindbergh’s foundation paid tribute to Patitz.

“We would like to salute Tatjana’s kindness, inner beauty and outstanding intelligence….She will be immensely missed.”

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