Irina Shayk – Russian Top Model
Irina Shayk is the world-famous Russian model and actress. Her photos are on the covers of leading foreign magazines (Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, FHM, Marie Claire, Elle). Beautiful Irina is the face of global brands (Armani Exchange, Guess, Intimissimi, Lacoste, Beach Bunny, La Perla) and also she is in the top 20 sexiest models according to Models.com.
Irina Valerievna Shaikhlislamova (her real surname) was born on January 6, 1986 in the small town Emanzhelinsk, Chelyabinsk region. The girl grew up in an ordinary family, her mother was a pianist and music teacher, and her father was a miner. When the girl was 14 years old, her father died of pneumonia and mother had to work hard to support three children.
Immediately after graduation from school in Emanzhelinsk, Irina went to Chelyabinsk and entered the Chelyabinsk Economic College, where she studied marketing. There, representatives of the local image club offered her a job in the modeling agency Svetlana.
The career of the model for Irina began with the victory in the Chelyabinsk beauty contest Supermodel 2004. Scout Gia Dzhikidze, who also discovered Natalia Vodyanova, Evgenia Volodina, Pauline Kuklina, Elena Melnik, Olga Scherer and other successful models, offered Irina to become a professional model. Since 2005, she started working as a model in Europe, and then in the US.
Today, Irina Shayk is one of the most well-paid and sought-after Russian models. Awesome Irina is the first Russian woman, whose picture appeared on the cover of the prestigious U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Also she was invited to become a face of the brand Intimissimi in 2007 and kept this status until 2009. Since 2010, Irina represented Intimissimi as the Ambassador of the brand and in March 2016 she became the face of the Italian fashionable underwear brand again.
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 and Cosmopolitan.
For the first time the model took part in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris in December 2016.
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. Also she actively collaborates with the charity fund Pomogi.org. (Help me in Russian), which provides care to sick children.
Astonishing 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 appeared on the big screen as an actress in the film Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
Shayk dated a Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon from 2007 to 2009.
Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most successful football players in the world, became Irina’s boyfriend in 2010. Ronaldo often participates in promotional campaigns and they met while posing for Armani. They were together until 2015.
Since April 2015, the model has been in a relationship with actor Bradley Cooper. On March 21, 2017 Irina gave birth to their daughter.