Irina Shayk Biography

Irina Shayk is a famous Russian model and actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about her life.

Irina Shayk
Quick Facts

Birthday: January 6, 1986

Nationality: Russian

Famous: Models Russian Women

Age: 33 Years, 33 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Born in: Yemanzhelinsk, Russia

Famous as: Model

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Bradley Cooper (2015–), Cristiano Ronaldo (2010–2015)

father: Valery Shaykhlislamov

mother: Olga Shaykhlislamova

siblings: Tatiana Shaykhlislamova

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Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova, popularly known as Irina Shayk or Irina Sheik, is a famous Russian model and actress. Raised in rural Russia, Irina Shayk got into the modeling world after her mother took her to a beauty school. After winning the title of ‘Miss Chelyabinsk 2004’, she moved to Paris and began her modeling career. Her first experience abroad was a bit hard due to the fact that she could barely speak English at that time and thus ended up struggling to fit in. After doing a lot of hard work, Shayk appeared in the 2007 ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’ and received rave reviews. The same year, she also became the exclusive face of Intimissimi lingerie. Shayk became the first Russian model to grace the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’ in 2011. She has done modeling for Victoria's Secret and other famous brands like Lacoste, Beach Bunny swimwear and Guess as well. She is also known as the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s ex-girlfriend. Beautiful and well-known, Irina Shayk is quite popular on social media platforms. A famous beauty website ‘’ ranked her at #8 in the list of stars with highest social media followers.

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Irina Shayk
Childhood & Early Life
  • Irina Shayk was born on 6 January 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk, USSR, to Olga, a kindergarten music teacher, and her husband Valery Shaykhlislamov, a coal miner. She has an older sister ‘Tatiana’.
  • She started learning piano at the age of six. At the age of nine she attended a music school and studied music for seven years. There, the future-model used to play piano as well as sing in the choir.
  • Shayk’s father died when she was 14 and her mother started doing two jobs to make both ends meet.
  • After attending high school, Shayk started studying marketing but she dropped out and entered a local beauty school with her sister.
  • At the school, she got noticed by an executive of a local modeling agency and was asked to participate in a beauty contest. Shayk earned the title of ‘Miss Chelyabinsk 2004’ after winning the contest.
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  • Irina Shayk became the face of ‘Intimissimi’ in 2007. She also did photo-shoots for the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’ the same year.
  • She signed several modeling contracts in 2009, working for renowned brands like Victoria's Secret, Guess, Lacoste, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Morellato and Cesare Paciotti. She also graced the covers of magazines like ‘Woman,’ ‘Harper’s Bazaar US,’ ‘Paris Capital,’ ‘Bolero’ and ‘Annabelle.’ She also collaborated with IMG – a modeling agency the same year.
  • In 2010, she became the official ambassador of Intimissimi. The same year, she modeled for Armani Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign.
  • She became the face of Luli Fama's 2011 advertising campaign and look book. She appeared on the covers of magazines like ‘Elle Spain,’ ‘Cosmopolitan Spain,’ ‘Tatler Russia’ and ‘Amica Italy’ and also worked for brands like Rampage and Replay.
  • In 2012, she graced the covers of magazines like ‘Esquire,’ ‘GQ,’ ‘Harper's Bazaar,’ ‘The Sunday Time Style,’ ‘S Moda,’, ‘Twelv,’ and ‘Vogue.’ She appeared on fourteen ‘Cosmopolitan’ spring covers worldwide. The same year, she did an editorial for the ‘Vanity Fair Italy.’
  • The following year, she appeared on the runaway at the New York fashion week and the Paris fashion week respectively. Also, she did a photo-shoot for ‘CR Fashion’ book issue and ‘Vogue,’ Spain.
  • Irina Shayk was the poster model at the 2014 Winter Olympics, supporting the Russian team. After appearing as the placard bearer at the games, she appeared on ‘Evening Urgant’ – a Russian TV show. The same year she made her acting debut in ‘Hercules’.
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  • In 2016, the renowned model made an appearance in a fashion show by Victoria's Secret.
  • Shayk has done catwalks for Mango, Marc Jacobs, Giles Deacon, and Miu Miu, and has also done cover shoots for fashion magazines such as ‘Maxim,’ ‘Glamour,’ ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Marie Claire.’
Major Works
  • Irina Shayk appeared on the glossy cover of ‘Elle,’ Spain, for its November 2010 issue. The same year she made a change from swimwear to high fashion. She also modeled for the Armani Exchange spring/summer 2010 campaign.
Awards & Achievements
  • ‘Glamour Spain’ gave Irina Shayk the title of the ‘Best International Model of 2010’.
  • In 2011, she won the title of ‘The Sexiest Girl of the World’ by the Spanish readers of ‘DT’ magazine. The same year, she was ranked #10 in the list of ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ by FHM.
  • In 2014, she got the fourth position in Maxim's ‘Hot 100’ list.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Irina Shayk started dating Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010. However, the couple ended their five-year relationship in 2015.
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  • After she broke up with her boyfriend, she started dating actor Bradley Cooper and the couple started living together in New York's West Village.
  • On November 30, 2016, it was revealed that Bradley and Irina are expecting their first baby in spring 2017.
Humanitarian Work
  • Irina Shayk is associated with a maternity hospital located in Yemanzhelinsk.
  • She along with her sister Tatiana helped rebuild a children's ward at the local hospital.
  • She raises money on the behalf of a Russian charitable organization which provides care to sick children.
Net Worth
  • Irina Shayk is known to have a net worth of about 4 million USD.
  • She is the only model who wore a lace halter top over a red bra and matching underwear at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show of 2016.
  • Shayk used to appear in several football matches while she was dating Ronaldo. She first appeared in the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid that took place in 2010.
  • It is rumored that Cristiano Ronaldo broke up with Shayk because she didn’t attend his mother’s birthday party in 2015.

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