Irina Shayk
Birth Date:
Yemanzhelinsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, USSR [now Russia]
Birth Place:
January 6, 1986
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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 2010.

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 Italy.

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 US.    

Shayk will make her acting debut in the upcoming film “Hercules” (2014), where she was cast as the title character's wife, Megara.


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