Irina Shayk is the first Russian model to cover Sports Illustrated magazine’s Swimsuit Issue. The elegant 5 feet 10 inches tall runway queen, who is ranked at number 8 in the world by Models.com, did so in 2011 to announce herself to the world after having appeared in the magazine four times before that.
In 2014, she was selected to carry the placard for the Russian winter Olympics team at the events opening ceremony which was being hosted by her home country. She has further walked the runway for brands and designers like Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Versace, and Givenchy and has covered magazines like Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, and many more.
Irina Shayk was born Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova, to Olga and Valery Shaykhlislamov, on the 6th of January, 1986, in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. Her father, who is from the Volga Tatar ethnic group, worked as a coal miner before his death in 2000 while her mother, who was of the East Slavic ethnic group, was a kindergarten music teacher.
Due to her mother’s influence, Shayk began learning how to play musical instruments as a child. At the age of six, she learned how to play the piano and by nine, was enrolled in a music school where she studied for seven years. After her high school education, Shayk entered the university to study marketing but flunked out. She then enrolled at a beauty school and was spotted by a modeling agent who urged her to participate in the 2004 Miss Chelyabinsk beauty contest, which she won.
Irina Shayk went on to begin her career in modeling, catching her big break in 2007 when she was made the face of Italian clothing label Intimissimi. She also made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that year, beginning the journey that led to her gracing the cover in 2011.
Family – Son
Irina Shayk is currently in a relationship with Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated American actor Bradley Cooper who is best known for starring in movies like Wedding Crashers (2005), The Hangover (2009), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and American Sniper (2014).
The couple began seeing each other in 2015 and just after a few months of dating, they began living together as Cooper reportedly moved into her New York West Village apartment. After two years of dating, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, born on the 21st of March, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Shayk does not have a son.
Irina Shayk’s Relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo
Irina Shayk was in a five-year relationship with Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo from 2010 to 2015. They began dating almost soon after they worked together, modeling in an Armani Exchange campaign. The pair were spotted together at various events as they also went on a vacation together that year, signaling to the world the beginning of their relationship.
In 2011, rumors of the couple’s impending engagement announcement circled the media but nothing was forthcoming from either party. The stories were later confirmed when Shayk was spotted wearing a massive ring at the Golden Boot Award ceremony in November that year. It was said that Ronaldo had proposed to his model girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, however, both parties remained tight-lipped about the inner dealings of their relationship.
In the following years, Shayk and Ronaldo were spotted at various events like the 2012 Madrid Open, looking very happy in each others company. She further supported him at various football-related events even though there were at the time strong allegations of infidelity on Ronaldo’s part, which he denied. Regardless of the accusations, the Russian model stood by her man and continued to spend time with his family and son. The relationship, however, later unraveled in 2015 after Shayk reportedly found text messages on his phone flirting with other women. According to various reports, Shayk felt betrayed by the footballer after having stood by him in the previous cheating scandals and decided to leave him.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova
Place of Birth: Yemanzhelinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Date of Birth: January 6, 1986
Occupation(s): Fashion Designer / Runway Model
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
Weight: 55 kg (121 pounds)
Body Measurements: 35-23-35 inches (89-58.5-89 cm)
Hair color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Green
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn