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Irina Shayk


Full name: Irina Shaykhlislamova
DOB: January 6, 1986
Place of birth: Yemanzhelinsk, Russia
Occupation: Model


Irina Shayk Highlights:

  • Since 2007 Irina has been an ever-present in the illustrious Sports Illustration Swim Suite Editions. 
  • And Irina has also modelled for Beach Bunny, Armani Exchange and Guess.
  • She also appeared in the video for Kanye West’s single called “Power”.
  • Currently she is dating a footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is very interesting how some of these models start out. For example, Shayk had been in a beauty pageant in Russia and discovered.  However, modelling was not her first love.  She originally wanted to be a teacher specializing in literature.  That was she was a child and loved making stories and loved to read.  I just can’t imagine Irina standing up in front of the class speaking about English literature.  Well she sure would get the attention of all boys that’s for sure.

Irena was pushed into music by her mother.  She attended a music school at the tender young age of seven years old.  Later she studied marketing at college but found it so boring that she and her sister enrolled in a beauty school. Stranger than fate was that there was a local modelling agency just next door.  And lo and behold a talent scout discovered her.  He convinced her to enter the Miss Chelyabinsk 2004 and she won.  This drew an immense amount of attention towards her and within only one year was modelling in Paris and on her way to a huge success.

Right away Irena began learning English and then took the modelling world by storm.  In fact, in 2007 she became the face for Intimissimi lingerie.  She then found herself appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.  This was a tradition for her every until 2011.   She ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2011.