Irina Shayk

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

Irina Shayk Facts

Irina has appeared in the illustrious Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition several times since 2007.

She appeared in the video for Kanye West’s Power.

She's dated an obscure Portuguese footballer by the name of "Cristiano Ronaldo."

Why We Love Irina Shayk

Despite setting a new gold-standard in statuesque Russian beauty, Irina Shayk did not initially seem destined for supermodelling superstardom. As a kid she wanted to be an English teacher, but encouraged by her mum she instead attended a music school for seven years, before switching to studying marketing at college, then getting bored of that and enrolling in a beauty school with her sister.

In a twist of fate, the beauty school was next to a local modelling agency; a scout noticed Irina, and told her that she should enter Miss Chelyabinsk 2004. She won, drew the attention of yet more scouts, and within a year was modelling in Paris. From teacher to musician to marketeer to beautician to supermodel – that’s one twisty-turny career path, Irina.