A young Russian woman with a difficult life, coming from a far from privileged environment, manages to establish herself in the world of fashion and set the law thanks to her beauty and innate charm. This is the story that reveals Irina Shayk , famous Russian model, who made recent history and who still has a lot to give to the world that made her famous. Her story begins very far, and quickly becomes planetary. Today is even “super” and she does not intend to stop too soon. 

Story of Irina Shayk

Irina Valer’evna Sajchlislamova was born in Emanzelinsk on January 6, 1986, therefore on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan. Her family is not rich with her: her father is in fact a bricklayer of Islamic religion while her mother instead of her is a music teacher.

She and her sister start studying musical instruments very early. Irina prefers, for example, the piano which leads her to attend a music school up to the age of fourteen. After the death of her father, the girls and mother are looked after by their grandparents and Irina will do two jobs to help the family support themselves.

Following his sister in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, he initially began studying Marketing in an Economic College. After a while, however, she changes her mind and enrolls with her sister in an aesthetic school, which also organizes fashion shows . And this is how she gets noticed when she is eighteen, and she is launched into the world of fashion.

In 2004 she took part in a beauty contest called Miss Chelyabinsk, winning it. At this point, her life changes definitively, as she is noticed by the fashion agencies, who put her under contract.

The career of Russian model Irina Shayk

Changing surname to the less complicated Shayk, Irina begins parading and posing for magazine covers. In 2007 she is noticed on the covers of Sports Illustrated and two years later they start important contracts with Lacoste, Martini & Rossi, Triumph and above all with Intimissimi who will be her partner for several years, leading her to international success.

Since 2012 he has worked for Morellato, Agua Bendita, Blanco , for XTI Shoes footwear. And again he is committed as testimonial for Angelozzi Wedding Dresses, for Givenchy, for Desigual and L’Oreal . Everyone wants Irina Shayk in their fashion shows and for their photo shoots.

At home she also became famous as a presenter of sports and fashion programs.

In 2014, while in Barcelona for an event, he meets the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo with whom he will have a relationship that will last a few years.

There are so many fashion houses for which the famous Russian model has worked over the years and it would be impossible to name them all. The collaboration with the Italian maison Versace, for example, is beautiful.

Success and cinema for Irina Shayk

The success for the Russian top model continues with the passage of time: Irina acts as testimonial to Alberta Ferretti together with other colleagues of great international fame. The photo shoot made for the occasion and her consecration. She will then work with Blumarine , Harper’s Bazaar and for the collection of designer Stella Maxwell .

Irina Shayk is the model of the moment and not even brands The Kooples , Marc Jacobs Beauty,  Furla , Max Mara miss her . There are so many fashion houses that compete for the Russian supermodel, who becomes not only famous, but also among the highest paid models in the world.

But the interest of this versatile model does not stop only in the fashion shows and covers. She seeks more, she wants to experience other emotions. And her success opens the doors of cinema to her, with participation in films such as Hercules – The warrior , in 2014 alongside Dwayne Johnson , L’Agent, Inside Amy Schumer in 2016 in a famous TV series .

As an actress she also appears in the video clip  Yo Tambien  by Romeo Santos . Although not very young anymore, Shayk continues to score points in her favor by participating in social and fashion events all over the world.

Irina Shayk: private life

Meanwhile, private life has been enriched with the overwhelming relationship for Bradley Cooper that lasted almost five years and ended in 2019, after the birth of his daughter Lea De Seine. In the past, the aforementioned relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, which lasted for about 5 years, from 2010 to 2015, the year of their breakup. 

Irina Shayk is also dedicated to charitable works: she helps a hospital in her hometown of Yemanzhelinsk, where she and her sister rebuilt the pediatric ward of the local hospital. She also raises money for a Russian charity called Pomogi – Help, which provides assistance to sick children.

Fun fact: Irina owned a Labrador dog named Cesare, the pope of the protagonist of the film “Marley & Me”.