Irina Shayk is a Russian supermodel who got popular all over the world after she was ween on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the first Russian model ever to be on the cover of that magazine. She is also ranked as the ‘Industry Icon’ in the modeling world, which is a big achievement. Initially, she faced a lot of issues due to the language difference, but she overcame it with her sheer determination and willpower. She did a lot of hard work and became one of the top models all over the world.
Irina was born in Yemanzhelinsk, Soviet Union. His father’s name is Valery Shaykhlislamov, who worked as a coal miner. Her mother is Russian and worked as a Kindergarten teacher. She claims that most of her looks match her father, but she got her eye color from her mother. She has a sister named Tatiana Petkova. Tatiana has three children, and she named one of them ‘Irina’ after her sister’s name. Irina used to play the piano when she was a mere six years old, and when she turned nine, she was admitted to a music school and spent around seven years there.
When she was 14, her father died due to pneumonia which made her family face a lot of financial issues. Her mother used to do two jobs to support her family. After completing her higher education, she started studying marketing but later changed the idea and joined a beauty school. After that, she was noticed by a modeling agency and was induced to take part in the Miss Chelyabinsk beauty contest in 2004. She won the competition, and it was the starting of her career.
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In the year 2007, Irina was chosen as the face of Intimissimi; An Italian clothing brand. She also got featured in the Annual Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She featured in its annual editions till 2015 and did photoshoots on several places. After being featured in the Annual issue three years, she becomes its brand ambassador. She also modeled for big brands such as Guess, Beach Bunny Swimwear, etc. In the year 2009, she signed a deal with IMG Models after working with Lacoste, Victoria’s Secret, etc.
She modeled for Armani Exchange in 2010 and was also seen in ‘Power’ by Kanye West. In the same year, Irina got the first position in the list of ’50 Hottest Russian Women’ created by the Complex Magazine. She has walked on the Ramp for most of the luxury brands such as Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, etc. She walked for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2016 while she was six months pregnant with a girl from Bradley Cooper.
Irina rose to popularity when she was seen with famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009; they dated each other for a long period but broke up in the year 2015. In the same year, she got into a relationship with Bradley Cooper, and the couple gave birth to a girl in the year 2017.
Irina Shayk is one of the most successful models with a net worth of a whopping $15 million.