“My classmates laughed: skinny and in high heels.” How Irina Shayk conquered the world.

From a modest Ural girl, Irina Shayk became the fashion standard of the world catwalk . But this was not always the case. A difficult childhood and adolescence were able to strengthen the celebrity’s character. And now she is raising her daughter with similar values. We’ll tell you in the next few minutes how the fate of the iconic beauty turned out.

Irina Shayk

Irina Valerievna Shaykhlislamova was born on January 6, 1986 in the city of Yemanzhelinsk, Chelyabinsk region. His father worked as a miner, and his mother was a music teacher. The future model’s childhood was not the most joyful . “When I was six years old, we were robbed. I opened the door and was confronted by three masked men. One of them threatened to shoot. It turned out that their father’s best friend had sent them. Perhaps this is why I don’t have many friends. It’s hard for me to trust people . ”

At the age of 14, my father died – working conditions in the mines affected him. The mother was forced to take a second job in order to feed her two daughters (Irina has an older sister, Tatyana). Things weren’t going smoothly at school either. “From the age of 10, I wore short skirts and high heels. Classmates laughed: skinny and in high heels . ” However, she didn’t care much about other people’s opinions .


After graduating from school, Irina Shayk moved to the regional center and entered the College of Economics. At that time, employees of the Svetlana modeling agency drew attention to the girl and offered to take part in the local competition “Supermodel 2004”. Irina then won and attracted the attention of Gia Dzhikidze , who opened the modeling world for the girl.

It was then that Irina shortened her last name Shaykhlislamova to Sheik and burst into the world of catwalks and cameras . “Paris was the first city abroad where I came. And I started at 20, which is quite late for a model. I lived in a rented apartment with other girls, some of them openly laughed at me. I didn’t know French. They paid very little. There was almost never any money . ”

First success and popularity

In 2007, Irina was lucky enough to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. At the same time, an offer of a contract with the lingerie brand Intimissimi followed. And in 2011, Irina Shayk became the first Russian model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue . The girl’s popularity grew sharply. New lucrative contracts, friends in the person of famous photographers, magazine editors and fashion designers.

Personal life

In 2010, Irina met Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo at a joint shoot for Emporio Armani. Five years later, the young people broke up, but refused to give a reason.

From April 2015 to June 2019, Irina was in a relationship with the famous Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper . On March 21, 2017, their girl Leah was born. However, despite the divorce, both the model and the actor maintain friendly relations . Moreover, they can often be seen in the same company while walking with their daughter.

As Irina herself says, she does not spoil Leia, but, on the contrary, tries to instill in her daughter the correct understanding of money. “I want my daughter to know that mom has a job in her life because I want to raise a strong woman. Gifts and food don’t appear out of nowhere .