May 14, 2015 07:32 PM EDT
Irina Shayk is a Russian model who has graced the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and is known for dating Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Shayak has been voted the most beautiful woman in the world and here are 40 fascinating facts about this beauty.
Irina Shayk was born on January 6, 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia.
Her father was a coal miner and her mother is a Russian kindergarten music teacher.
She has one sibling, a sister named Tatiana.
She is sometimes known as Irina Sheik, but her birth name is Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova and in Russian, its Ирина Валерьевна Шайхлисламова.
She has said that she inherited her looks from her father and that people often think she is South American: "My father was dark skinned, because he was Tatar (Turkic people), sometimes Tatars can look Brazilian... I get my light eyes from my mother.
She began playing the piano at age 6 and was enrolled into music school by age 9 which she attended for the next seven years.
Unfortunately, her father died of complications of pneumonia when she was 14, leaving her family with little money and forcing her mother to work two jobs to provide for the family.
Modelling was not what she initially intended to do. She started studying marketing, but she found it boring and it was only by chance that she had the opportunity to be enrolled to a beauty school.
Irina Shayk was then proposed to enter the beauty contest when she was a teenager, and it was a surprise for her that she won the contest to become Miss Chelyabinsk.
After that, she began doing modelling work and was taken to glamorous destinations around the world.
Her major break came when she replaced Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros as the main model for lingerie maker Intimissimi.
Shayak is still the current spokesperson for Intimissimi.
That same year, she debuted in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She has also covered international magazines like Annabelle and Paris Capital.
In May 2009, she signed with modeling agency IMG.
Despite posing in barely there bikinis and lingerie and sometimes topless, she has said in several interviews that she would never pose for Playboy even if she's offered a lot of money. She said: "I would never do Playboy. Yes, I am a lingerie model, but I have class. Playboy offered me so much money last year. I was like: 'No Way.' "
Irina Shayk has one of the best figures for a model and she says that she never diets. She works out more so that she can maintain her sexiness but does not diet. "I do work out five times a week, but I'm never dieting," she said. "I try to be healthy because to be happy and healthy on the inside shows on the outside."
She has worked as the host of Russia's Next Top Model since the show's inception.
She has also done campaigns with Armani Exchange and Guess, and has done work for Victoria's Secret.
She appears in Kanye West's "Power" music video.
She ranked first in the "50 Hottest Russian Women" list by Complex magazine.
She appeared on the cover of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This is the fifth time she has been featured in the magazine, but the first time she has been on the cover.
She was the first Russian to appear on the cover.
She dated Rob Bourdon, an American drummer in 2007 before calling it quits in October 2009.
Shayak is not only beautiful, but she has a good heart. She and her sister helped rebuild the children's ward of a maternity hospital in her hometown of Yemanzhelinsk.
Irina Shayk is the official ambassador of Pomogi (means Help Me) charity in Russia.
She dated soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 after the two met through a campaign for Armani Exchange. The couple dated for five years.
In 2011, she was named the sexiest woman of the world by Hungarian magazine Periodika.
Shayk made her acting debut as Megara alongside Dwayne Johnson in the 2014 film Hercules.
Her net worth is $4 million.
In 2015, she began dating actor Bradley Cooper. He is around 11 years her senior.
Shayk has a pet dog named Caesare, after Julius Caesar, a Labrador which she claims was fathered by one of the dogs who played the title role in the film Marley & Me.
Irina currently divides her time between New York and Europe.
She is 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm tall.
Her favorite movie director is Woody Allen.
Her favorite movies are Match Point (2005) and The Game (1997).
Her favorite writers are Haruki Murakami and Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Her favorite stores include Rag & Bone Olivier Theyskens, Scoop NYC and Intermix.
She does not enjoy drinking alcohol. "I'm not the kind of person who is out drinking," the Russian beauty admitted.
She loves using organic coconut butter - she uses it as a face and body moisturizer.
Preorder Coming Funko Pop!: Dragon Ball Super Goku, Pokémon Pikachu, Friends Series 2, TaleSpin, Power Rangers, Tom and Jerry, Blink-182, Star Wars, Digimon, Yu-gi-oh!, and Conan