Irina Shayk started modeling in Europe, and in 2005 she came to Paris. She started her career relatively late for a model, at the age of 19. It was very difficult for her, as she didn’t speak English at all and everything was new but soon Irina was working in Europe and in USA and felt at ease during the most complicated shootings.
In 2007, the Russian bombshell took over for Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros as the face of Intimissimi (a role she had until 2009) and gained international recognition as a “rookie” in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Since 2007 she appears every year in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and shooting in the most beautiful places such as St Petersburg, Naples, Grenada and Chile. Since 2007 Irina’s work has been featured in major ad campaigns for La Perla, Lacoste, Paciotti, Guess, Otto, Germaine de Capuccini, Beach Bunny, Lascana Lingerie and Armani Exchange. She has also worked as a model for the Victoria’s Secret catalog.
She appeared on the magazine covers of Annabelle, Jalouse, Woman, and Bolero.