Stoke Newington 106-year-old marks 10 years as a model

Irene Sinclair, originally from St Lucia, celebrating her 106th birthday at the Auld Shillelagh pub

Irene Sinclair, originally from St Lucia, celebrating her 106th birthday at the Auld Shillelagh pub in Stoke Newington (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

A 106-year-old woman who gained international fame as a model in her 90s for a popular skincare brand, and who was asked to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show, has been honoured in a special ceremony.

Award-winning Stoke Newington model, Irene Sinclair, who appeared in Dove’s ‘Real Women’ campaign, aged 96, celebrated 10 years of being a model at an afternoon tea at the Dorchester Hotel on May 27.

Ms Sinclair said: “It is important to share your journey as it will encourage others to take up challenges which they may feel they are not up to. Age is just a number and if you live well, keep fit and always remain positive, then living is a natural way of life.

“I grew up eating good food which was cooked from scratch every day. We walked a lot and as we did not have TV, we listened to the radio and read a lot. I believe that the campaign has shown other women, older and young that we can do anything that we want to do. Never say never.”