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Former nude model, 86, to donate body to science

Caroline Allen
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She's hoping her body will continue to help after she's gone. [Photo: SWNS]

Retired model, Yvonne Vinall, has revealed she will be donating her body to science when she passes away in the hope that it can continue to help when she’s gone.

The 86-year-old, who posed as a nude life model into her seventies, is going to donate her body to the London Anatomy Office.

She has quite the portfolio, with one of her risque shots said to be mounted in Clarence House, home to the late Queen Mother.

Her body will be donated to help medical students.

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“I did a lot of work over the years, and towards the end much of it was private, where I wouldn't get paid in cash but I'd get the painting itself, which was much more valuable.” She said.

“Artists don't look for superficial beauty - they might focus on a particular body part such as a hand or a foot.”

Yvonne, who’s a widow, wanted to donate her body to science to help students understand the anatomy of a human body.

“I might still feel like a mischievous 18-year-old inside, but I have a pacemaker, I've had my cataracts done, and I have false knees, hips and shoulders. When they get me on the slab, they will have an awful lot to work with,” she joked.

Yvonne Vinall started nude modelling aged 40. [Photo: SWNS]

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Kings College London said that anybody can donate their body as long as they’re over the age of 17. Yvonne received a certificate to say that her donation had been accepted, but not all donations are accepted.

“I think people are frightened of talking about death and scared of dying itself.” She explained.

“I'm not at all scared, although all my friends say God will probably keep me down here for as long as possible.”

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