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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Who is Irina Shaykhlislamova?

Who is Irina Shaykhlislamova? The Modeling and entertainment world knows her as Irina Shayk or  as Irina Sheik is a Russian model known for her 2007 through 2011 appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is the cover model for the 2011 issue.[3]

Shayk’ was born on January 6, 1986 in YemanzhelinskRussia,[1] USSR). Her father was a coal miner and died of pneumonia complications when she was 14, leaving her family with little money while she was growing up and forcing her mother to work two jobs. It’s from her father that she got her unusual looks, she says, which often cause people to think she’s South American. “My father was dark skinned, because he was Tatar. Sometimes Tatars can look Brazilian,” she says. “I get my light eyes from my mother.” Irina has a pet dog named Cesare, a Lab who, she claims, was fathered by one of the dogs who played the title role in Marley & Me.[20]
After winning the "Supermodel 2004" Chelyabinsk beauty pageant,[4] scout Guia Jikidze recommended Shayk pursue a career as a model. In 2007, Shayk debuted in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and has appeared in each annual edition since, working with photographers like Pamela Hanson, Steve Erle, Riccardo Tinelli, Rennio Maifredi, and Raphael Mazucco, and shooting in locations such as St. Petersburg, Naples Grenada and Chile.
In 2007, she became the face of lingerie brand Intimissimi, appearing in the company's catalogs and advertisements, as well as a commercial in 2009. In 2010 Irina Shayk was made the official ambassador for Intimissimi brand [5] In 2007, she also became the face of Lacoste and LaPerla. Her other modeling contracts include Beach Bunny (2009),[6] Guess (2008–2009),[7] and Armani Exchange (2010).[8]
Her magazine covers include Woman Spain, Paris CapitalJalouseAnnabelle, and Bolero.[1


In 2010, starred in Kanye West's “Power”, directed by artist Marco Brambilla.[9] Is on the cover of Ocean Drive and GQ South Africa for the August issue.[10][11] She is ranked 10th in the "Top 20 Sexiest Models" list on Models.com[12] and 1st in the "50 Hottest Russian Women" list by Complex magazine.[13]
She made a change from swimwear to high fashion with a spread in Spain's Harper’s Bazaar and landing the cover for Elle Spain for their November issue.[14] [15]Glamour Spain gave her the "Best International Model of 2010" award for her work.(SpanishMejor Modelo Internacional).[16]
At the end of the year she was pictured nude in GQ Spain December issue; however, she claimed that she had never stripped, and that the magazine had digitally altered the images to remove her lingerie.[17]
On February 15, 2011 The Late Show with David Letterman revealed her on a billboard to be the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl. This is the fifth time she's been featured in the magazine, but it's the first time she's on the cover as well as the first Russian to do so.[18][19]


Shayk is helping a maternity hospital in her home town, Yemanzhelinsk. She and her sister helped rebuild the children’s ward of the local hospital, and now Shayk raises money on behalf of a Russian charity, Pomogi (RussianПомоги), which provides care to sick children.[20]Irina is the official ambassador for Pomogi charity in Russia.

Since 2010, she has been dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.[21] Shayk and Ronaldo allegedly met through their Armani Exchange campaigns.[20]

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