L’Wren Scott once said: ‘I am a fashion designer, I don’t want to be known as Mick Jagger's girlfriend’
Published 19/03/2014 | 09:00
The 6ft 3in former model, who has dressed some of the world's best known people - including Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama - was found by her assistant in her Manhattan apartment at around 10.05am yesterday morning. She had reportedly committed suicide.
Reports of her tragic death spread quickly, gathering pace on Twitter as social media outlets rushed to break the story first.
And yet almost all of them did so by referencing her connection to the Rolling Stones frontman (Radio 2 omitted using her name in its report entirely), who was on tour with the band in Australia at the time, as her primary means of identification.
"I'm a fashion designer. I don't want to be defined as someone's girlfriend," she told The Times last year.
"You always wonder if people will pay attention to the hard work that goes into what you do."
Many of her supporters took to the micro blogging site to criticise the lack of credit given to the late designer by news sources.
Similarly, prominent female journalists Clare Balding, Alice Arnold and Rachel Johnson have all tweeted their disapproval at the way Scott's death has been reported.
Scott, 49, had managed to craft a successful career after being adopted by Mormon parents in Utah.
After she graduated from high school, she was flown to Paris to work as a model for Chanel and appear in a campaign shot by renowned fashion photographer David Bailey. It was during this time that she changed her name from Luann Bambrough to L'Wren Scott.
During the early 90s, she built up a reputation working as a stylist on photoshoots, working on huge fashion and beauty campaigns and contributing costumes to films, including Eyes Wide Shut and Ocean's Thirteen.
She came out with her first own-label collection, Little Black Dress, in 2006 - five years after she started dating 70-year-old Jagger - and worked on a Martin Scorsese documentary about the Rolling Stones in 2008.