The news of her death not only shocked the fashion world: Tatjana Patitz died of breast cancer at the age of 56. Born in Hamburg, she was one of the famous supermodels of the 90s and adorned countless covers. But Tatjana found her true fulfillment beyond the catwalk and photo shoots, as she explained in an interview with German “Vogue” in March 2022.
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Instead of going to the fashion metropolis New York, Tatjana Patitz was drawn to the countryside. First she lived on a farm in Malibu, later in Santa Barbara when her now 19-year-old son grew up. 'Country life wasn't that fun for him anymore,' she recalls in the 'Vogue' interview. 'But we still have two horses, two dogs and a cat,' said Tatjana in March 2022.
Because the heart of the ex-supermodel has always belonged to animals and nature. Animal and environmental protection would have made her the happiest of her life. 'It's the fire that burns inside you. (..) That's when I feel most fulfilled,' she enthused in 'Vogue'.
Tatjana Patitz supported various animal protection projects worldwide. Among others 'The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust', an organization that works to protect elephants in Kenya. 'They raise orphaned animals and have veterinarians who fly around and take care of injured animals. A wonderful organization', says Tatjana. In the 1980s she worked a lot with 'Defenders of Wildlife', which campaigns for dolphins and whales. The 56-year-old is currently campaigning for the preservation of wild horses.
Tatjana was also a member of 'Greenpeace' and fought against climate change and for the protection of nature: 'If you look at the whole thing soberly, you can see how critical it actually is. This has to change, otherwise more and more terrible events will come our way: fire, storms or floods. You can no longer turn a blind eye to it.” (csp)source: vip.de