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Irina Shayk – Russian Top Model

Irina Shayk - Russian Top Model
Irina Shayk is the world-famous Russian model. Her photos adorned the covers of leading foreign magazines (Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, FHM, Marie Claire, Elle). Irina is the face of global brands (Armani Exchange, Guess, Intimissimi, Lacoste, Beach Bunny, La Perla) and is in the top 20 sexiest models according to
Irina was born on January 6, 1986 in the small town Emanzhelinsk, Chelyabinsk region. She grew up in an ordinary family, her mother was a pianist and music teacher, and her father was a miner. Irina’s real surname is Shaykhlislamova. When the girl was 14 years old, her father died of pneumonia and mother had to work two jobs to support three children (Irina has a brother and sister).

Since the age of 6 Irina was learning to play the piano. After graduating from school in Chelyabinsk Irina entered the College, where she studied marketing.

shayk and her parents

Irina and her parents. photo:

In 2004, Irina won the Chelyabinsk beauty contest Supermodel 2004. Gia Dzhikidze, a scout who also discovered Natalia Vodianova, Eugenia Volodina and other famous models, offered Irina to become a professional model.
In 2005 she began working as a model in Europe and then in the U.S. Today, Irina Shayk is one of the most well-paid and sought-after Russian models, the first Russian woman, whose picture graced the cover of the prestigious U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Irina Shayk most beautiful model
In 2007 she was invited to become a face of the brand Intimissimi, she kept this status until 2009.
Her magazine covers include Annabelle, Bolero, Woman, Jalouse, Paris Capital, Ocean Drive and GQ South Africa, Harper Bazaar, Esquire UK, Amica Italia, Elle Spain, FHM South Africa, Marie Claire Spain, Marie Claire Russia April and Cosmopolitan Italy April.
In 2011 she was voted Sexiest Woman In The World in the Hungarian magazine Periodika.
Despite the fact that Irina has been living and working abroad for a long time, she does not forget her hometown and helps Emanzhelinsk maternity hospital. She also actively collaborates with the charity fund (“Help me” in Russian), which provides care to sick children.
Irina is not only a model, she replaced Ksenia Sobchak in the reality show Top Model in Russian, became the heroine of the game Need for Speed: The Run, starred in the video for the song Power by Kanye West and in 2014 she will appear on the big screen as an actress in the film Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Shayk dated a Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon from 2007 through late 2009.
Robert Bourdon
Since 2010 Irina’s boyfriend is one of the most successful football players in the world – Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid). Ronaldo often participates in promotional campaigns and the both met while posing for Armani.
Shayk and Ronaldo are together for nearly three years, but they have not announced a date for the wedding yet. Irina helps Cristiano to bring up his little son, who was born by a surrogate mother.
Ronaldo and his Superwoman

Ronaldo, Irina
Brazilian model Andressa Urach said the Real Madrid striker slept with her in a hotel just 48 hours before a key Champions League semi final. But Ronaldo said that Andressa thought it up.

Ronaldo and Shayk after their quarrel

Ronaldo and Shayk after their quarrel. Photo

shayk and her mother

Irina and her mother

Irina Shayk – Russian Top Model