Tatjana Patitz is a German model and actress. Patitz was born in Hamburg,Germany on 25 March 1966 and raised in Skanör, Sweden. She rose to international prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, representing top fashion designers, campaigns, and collections. Patitz was originally part of the ‘big six’ in the 1990s, which included fellow supermodels who, like Patitz, expanded ideals of beauty through their worldwide fame, success, and influence—Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss.
In 1989, Patitz went to live on a ranch in Malibu, California where in 2009 she was reported to have four horses, four dogs and two cats, commenting “I needed nature around me”. She has a son, Jonah, who was born in 2004, and is separated from his father, a marketing executive.
She previously had a long-term relationship with singer Seal.
Patitz began working as a model in Paris in the mid 1980s at the age of 17. She regularly worked with the likes of Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh. In 1985, she graced the cover of British Vogue for the first time. She remained in demand throughout the 1990s, periodically returning to the runway for select designers, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Chanel.
Patitz has appeared on over 200 magazine covers worldwide, including seven covers of American Vogue and eleven covers of British Vogue. French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Australian editions have also featured her on their covers include the January 1990 British Vogue cover, photographed by Peter Lindbergh, and the April 1992 100th anniversary issue of AmericanVogue, both of which feature Patitz posing with the other “supermodels” of the era.
Since autumn 2009, Patitz has represented the Italian fashion brand Marina Rinaldi.
In 1987, she appeared in the Duran Duran music video for the song “Skin Trade”. She then moved to California to begin a career as an actress. Her first appearance was a brief one as a murder victim in Rising Sun (1993). Following this, Patitz made several appearances on television series, music videos, and films. Her largest role was in the 1999 thriller Restraining Order.
In 1988, Tatjana was featured in Nick Kamen’s music video “Tell Me” in which she played his love interest as a 50 foot woman.
In 1990, Tatjana was featured in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” music video, along with Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell.
In 2000, she appeared in the Korn music video for the song “Make Me Bad”.
Along with Michael J. Fox, she appears in the 2011 Carl Zeiss AG calendar, photographed by Bryan Adams in New York City in the summer of 2010.