Irina Shayk is a real-life coalminer's daughter. I don't know if she can sing - she seems to do everything well - but she sure can strut her stuff on the runway. Shayk, also sometimes known as Irina Sheik, is not some girl who just got lucky by being cast in a music video or had an affair with some Hollywood bigshot: she is a real-life marvel of engineering who can do both!
Irina came from nowhere to become one of the top models and celebrity girlfriends of modern times. Let's learn a little more about Ms. Shayk.
Irina is actually Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova. She was born on 6 January 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. One of her favorite bits is to try to get people she meets to repeat real name and hometown after her. Few can. So, now she is known as Irina. It's just easier.
Irina is a Tatar. Basically, she is a descendant of Genghis Khan. Yes, that Genghis Khan. There is a theory that the Genghis Khan gene is carried down through the male members of the family. Irina attributes her stunning looks to her father. So there you have it.
Irina got her start by winning the "Miss Chelyabinsk 2004" beauty contest. Yes, they have a Miss Chelyabinsk beauty contest. Where is Chelyabinsk? Somewhere east of Moscow. It is near Kopeysk, if that helps. Seriously, there isn't a town you'd likely recognize within a thousand miles. Well, you might recognize Kurgan. No? Yekaterinburg? Tyumen? I know... Ufa! There you have it, Irina is from near Ufa. And Tara. Seriously, she is from near Tara. No, not that Tara.
Irina took only a few years to hit the big time. She was in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by 2007. She has remained in the SI Swimsuit Issue straight through 2015 - and maybe beyond.
Irina was the face of Intimissimi for three years, becoming the official ambassador for the brand in 2010.
She was with a football (soccer) player for several years. Some Spanish guy named Ronaldo.
Irina was with this Ronaldo for a few years. More recently, though, she turned her eyes further west.
Now, Irina is dating Bradley Cooper.
Cooper you probably have heard of. Sexiest Man Alive in 2011, according to People Magazine. Some movies. That sort of thing. An actor.
Irina is big on Instagram. These days, putting a picture of yourself with your man on your Instagram is like getting hitched. Irina finally did that with Cooper in April 2016 after dating for a year. I'm not kidding when I say this was big news. Biiiiiig news.
You know someone is a big star when an instagram photo that they post makes headlines around the world. That is the power of Irina.
She then shared one of them in a hot tub a few days later. And again she made headlines. Must have been a good hot tub.
Ok, you're probably like, well, it's just a photo. Could mean anything. Well, for those of you who need proof, Irina met Bradley’s mom Gloria Campano in September 2015. Now that's proof.
Oh, you can't see Bradley's face in the hot tub shot - but girls everywhere will recognize his torso.
Yes, there are rumors all the time that the two lovebirds have split. But they seem to be still together.
Irina gets all kinds of catty comments. For instance, she supposedly wore the same swimsuit with both Ronaldo and Cooper. Yes, this made the headlines too.
Well, she's a coal-miner's daughter. Thrifty. No need to waste money on fabric that you don't need.
There are rumors that Cooper is living at Irina's apartment on Perry St. in the West Village. But then, there are rumors that they've broken up, too, so who knows.
There also are rumors that Irina didn't get along with Bradley's mom. Really, there are rumors about everything these days.
You may think that going on and on about a picture in a hot tub is kind of ridiculous. Tell that to the 500 stories about it when you do a google search!
Oh, they took the pictures whilst on vacation in some exotic place that you and I probably couldn't afford to visit - at least when staying in the sort of place they would stay in.
Cooper reportedly gave up his search for a place of his own in order to stay with Irina. Now that is serious.
The two have been seen going for walks on the West Side Highway together. Isn't that cute? Anyway, we wish Irina and Bradley all the best on their walks.