2007 to 2012 appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and was the cover model for the 2011 issue.
Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova (born January 6, 1986) is known professionally as Irina Shayk or Irina Sheik, and she is a Russian model. She was born and raised in Yemanzhelinsk, Soviet Union. Shayk’s ancestry is Russian and Volga Tartaric. Her father, Valery Shaykhlislamov was a coal miner who died of pneumonia when she was just 14 years old, and her mother Olga, was a kindergarten music teacher who wanted Irina to attend music school. The 5’10” model also has a sister named Tatiana. During her childhood, Irina played the piano and sang in a choir. She studied marketing after high school but failed in her course, and subsequently enrolled in a beauty school. She was crowned “Miss Chelyabinsk” at a beauty contest in 2004.
Since 2007, Shayk was featured in every annual edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and was signed on by the modeling agency IMG in 2009. In 2010 she became the brand ambassador of Intimissimi, and entered into lucrative modeling contracts with brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Lacoste and Guess. Shayk starred in Kanye West’s “Power” video, and landed the cover of Ocean Drive, Elle, and GQ. She was part of Armani’s spring/summer campaign in 2010 and was featured in a Harper’s Bazaar spread. Shayk ranked first in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” by Complex magazine and was awarded “Best International Model” of 2010.
In 2011, Shayk became the first Russian woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She graced the covers of numerous magazines like Tatler Russia, Twelv, Cosmopolitan Spain, GQ Mexico, Glamour Spain, Amica Italy and Elle Spain. Shayk also worked on ad campaigns for brands like Rampage, John John Denim, and Luli Fama. She was ranked 14th for the “Top 20 Sexiest Models” and was christened as the “Sexiest Woman In The World.”
In 2012, Shayk covered S Moda Spain, The Sunday Time Style UK, Esquire UK, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Ukraine, Marie Claire Ukraine, Spain and Russia, GQ Germany, Glamour Russia, and Cosmopolitan. She became the face of cosmetic giant, Avon and lingerie brand, La Clover, and appeared in ad campaigns for Blanco, Agua Bendita, and Morellato. The same year Shayk led hit reality show, Russia’s Next Top Model.
In 2013, Shayk walked the runway for Jeremy Scott at the New York Fashion Week, and for Givenchy during the Paris Fashion Week. She was also featured in Harper’s Bazaar many times, and graced the cover of Allure Russia, as well as Vogue Spain. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, she became the placard bearer for the Russian team. That same year, the supermodel debuted her acting career in the Dwayne Johnson flick, Hercules. Finally, in 2015, L’Oreal Paris announced that she was their new International Spokesperson.
The 30-year-old supermodel dated Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo for five years from 2010 to 2015, and is currently dating American actor, Bradley Cooper. As of 2016, Irina Shayk’s net worth is estimated to be around $4 million. She is ranked at No. 8 in the world for her presence on social media.