Helen Mirren defies her 72 years to pose topless for cancer charity campaign

Helen Mirren has posed topless for a charity campaign [Photo: Jason Bell]
Helen Mirren has posed topless for a charity campaign [Photo: Jason Bell]

Helen Mirren is yet again proving that age is just a number as she appears topless in a stunning image for a new campaign shot.

The 72-year-old actress looks incredible in the image which was taken in support of Cancer Research UK’s long-running charity clothing collection in partnership with TK Maxx, which raises money for the treatment and cure of childhood cancers.

Shot by renowned photographer, Jason Bell, Helen is one of a collection of famous faces who have joined the campaign to encourage people to “give up clothes for good.”

Kelly Brook is another celebrity who was photographed for the campaign, being shot in a body-skimming gold gown in front of a rail of clothes.

Kelly Brook also took part in the campaign for TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK [Photo: Jason Bell]
Kelly Brook also took part in the campaign for TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK [Photo: Jason Bell]

Christine Lampard sat on top of a set of lockers full of clothes and bags, while Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle playfully poked out from behind a screen.

Christine Lampard poses for the Give up Clothes for Life campaign [Photo: Jason Bell]
Christine Lampard poses for the Give up Clothes for Life campaign [Photo: Jason Bell]

In the UK around 4,200 children and young people (aged 0-24) are diagnosed with cancer each year; that’s around 12 young people every day.

Since 2004, Give Up Clothes for Good has raised more than £32 million for Cancer Research UK, helping the 1,600 children who are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Nadine Coyle, Sophie Ellis Bexter and Julia Bradbury also star in the campaign [Photos: Jason Bell]
Nadine Coyle, Sophie Ellis Bexter and Julia Bradbury also star in the campaign [Photos: Jason Bell]

This year’s brilliantly simple scheme, which launches in February to coincide with World Cancer Day, encourages people to donate their unwanted clothes at TK Maxx stores. The clothes are then passed on to Cancer Research UK to be sold in their charity shops.

Aside from helping children with cancer, the campaign has an environmental benefit through the re-use and recycling of goods.

In 2017, it was estimated that there are over 300,000 tonnes of clothing in household residual waste. The Give Up Clothes for Good campaign has resulted in the collection of over 1.1 million bags of clothing and household goods. This amounts to over 5,600 tonnes of unwanted items that have been saved from ending up in landfill.

Helen Mirren has often spoken out about he ageing process and claims she isn’t “setting standards for others.”

She also claims that anti-ageing moisturisers probably aren’t the miracle creams we all think.

Speaking on a L’Oréal panel in the South of France as brand ambassador, Mirren told Campaign that when she puts her moisturiser on it “probably does f**k all, but it just makes me feel better.”

Could we love her any more?!

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