She once told Elle Russia about the kind of man she is looking for. “He’s intelligent, educated, with good sense of humor.” Has she found her soulmate in Cooper? Only time will tell if this is just a spring fling or a lasting relationship. In the meantime, learn more about the model’s personal and professional life.
1. She’s a ‘Sports Illustrated’ Model
The seasoned model still doesn’t feel comfortable when people call her beautiful. In an interview with Russian Elle, she said, “Honestly, I don’t even know how to accept compliments ─ I feel awkward. I don’t think I look better than many girls. Sometimes when I look at the mirror I don’t like how I look like. Then I think I should work more and more if I want to look better.”
Here are her 2015 swimsuit photos from the SI website. She also posed topless in the July/August 2014 issue of Maxim.
2. She Was Spotted With Bradley
The paper’s source told them that “[it is] a friendly relationship — for the time being.”
3. She Dated Cristiano for 5 Years
She dated Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo for five years. They met after both modeling for Armani and got together in 2010. They split in December of 2014 according to the NY Post, she ended things because of his infidelity.
4. Her First Movie Role Was in ‘Hercules’
In the film, she played Megara, Hercules’ (played by Dwayne Johnson) wife. She explained her character to Vogue:
Megara, my character, is a Greek mythology character; she’s the wife of Hercules. It’s my first time, but hopefully not the last time! It was a very small role but a very important character for the movie and I felt this was something I could definitely handle for my first role. Also, my name is Greek, Irina, so I felt attached to the film right away.
This was her acting debut and she held out for the role, having gotten offered other parts in the past. “Every time I get a script, it’s, like, bartender…stripper… And I don’t think I would make a bad bartender or stripper, you know?” she told Maxim.
5. She’s Russian
Shayk is humble and remains connected to her Russian roots. “I believe people always should remember their origin. I wasn’t born in New York on 5th Avenue. I came from a Russian village. I planted potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and I’m proud of it. My origin and my education are the most important reasons of my success,” she told Elle Russia.
Many don’t realize that she is Russian, and usually confuse her with other nationalities.
She told Vogue, “People don’t believe I’m Russian, they always say, ‘You look Brazilian’ – but my father was a Tatar, which is close to Mongolia, and I get my colouring from him. I always say that I’m a Russian spy.”