Joanna Hiffernan

Who she is: An Irish model and muse from the 19th century who was known for getting involved with the artists she posed for.

Why she's scandalous: It was scandalous enough at the time that Joanna was an unmarried artists' model for her boyfriend, American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler. But the real shocker came when she started modeling for (and having an affair with) Whistler's friend, French painter Gustave Courbet. It is also strongly believed that Hiffernan is the model for Courbet's controversial "L'Origine du monde."

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