Sports Illustrated Model
Russian model Irina Shayk is best known for her appearances in the
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue since 2007. She was the cover model
for the 2011 issue. Shayk also has appeared on the covers of many
magazines around the world, has done runways for top designers and has
appeared on many advertising campaigns. She will make her acting debut
in the 2004 film “Hercules.”
Shayk was ranked No. 10 on FHM's “100 Sexiest Women in the World
2011” list and was voted “The Sexiest Girl Of The
World” by the readers of DT magazine (Spanish version) in 2011.
She ranked first in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” list by
Complex magazine in 2010.
Shayk is also popular as the girlfriend of football star Cristiano
Ronaldo. They have dated since May 2010. Shayk has a pet dog named
Caesare, after Julius Caesar.
Childhood and Family:
Irina Shayk was born Irina Valerevna Shaykhlislamova on January 6,
1986, in Emanzhelinsk, Emanzhelinskiy rayon, Chelyabinskaya oblast,
RSFSR, USSR (now Russia), to a Russian mother and an ethnic Tatar
father. Her mother was a pianist who worked in a kindergarten as a
music teacher and her father was a coal miner. Irina began playing
piano at age 6. She went on to attend a music school at age 9 and would
stay there for seven years. After her father passed away due to
complications of pneumonia when she was 14, Irina's mother was forced
to take double jobs to support Irina and her older sister, Tatiana.
After high school, Irina studied marketing, but quickly grew bored with
the classes. She then entered a local beauty school with her sister.
While there, she was approached by a person from a local modeling
agency, and the rest is a history.
Face of Intimissimi
While attending a local beauty school, Irina Shayk met a person from a
local modeling agency who was amazed by her beauty. She was
encouraged to compete in the “Miss Chelyabinsk 2004” beauty
contest and ended up winning the title.
Shayk's career took flight in 2007 when she appeared for the first time
in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has since appeared
in every annual edition, and attended photoshoots in various places
like St. Petersburg, Naples, Grenada and Chile.
Also in 2007, Shayk replaced Ana Beatriz Barros as the face of
Intimissimi. She was appointed the official ambassador for the brand in
Shayk modeled for Beach Bunny (2009), Guess spring/summer 2009, Armani
Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign. She has also worked for
Victoria's Secret catalog, Lacoste, Cesare Paciotti and Morellato. Her
face has decorated many magazine covers including Elle Spain, Bolero,
Ocean Drive, GQ South Africa, Woman, Annabelle, Jalouse, Paris Capital,
Tatler Russia, Cosmopolitan Spain, GQ Mexico, Glamour Spain, and Amica
Shayk was pictured nude in the GQ Spain December 2010 issue. However,
she denied that she had tripped for the photoshoot, and that the
magazine had digitally modified the images to take out her lingerie. In
the following year, she became the cover model for the 2011 Sports
Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, making her the first Russian model to do
so. Also in 2011, Shayk was the face of swim label Luli Fama's
advertising campaign and look book.
In 2012, Shayk appeared on the covers of Esquire UK, Harper's Bazaar
Arabia and Ukraine, Marie Claire Ukraine, Spain and Russia,GQ Germany,
Glamour Russia and appeared on 14 Cosmopolitan spring covers worldwide.
She also covered L'express Styles magazine, Twelv Magazine,
and VS Magazine, and appeared in an editorial for Vogue Spain December
issue working with Mario Testino. She also appeared in campaigns for
Morellato, Agua Bendita and Blanco, and did the runway of Jeremy Scott
during the New York fashion week.
In March 2013, Shayk walked down the runway for Givenchy during the
Paris fashion week. The same year, she covered Allure Russia and Vogue
Spain, and was featured several times in Harper's Bazaar
Shayk will make her acting debut in the upcoming film
“Hercules” (2014), where she was cast as the title
character's wife, Megara.