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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Irina Shayk attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
(Photo : Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Irina Shayk attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.

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.

  1. Irina Shayk was born on January 6, 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia.

  2. Her father was a coal miner and her mother is a Russian kindergarten music teacher.

  3. She has one sibling, a sister named Tatiana.

  4. She is sometimes known as Irina Sheik, but her birth name is Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova and in Russian, its Ирина Валерьевна Шайхлисламова.

  5. 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.

    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Irina Shayk attends the 'All Is Lost' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France.
    (Photo : Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Irina Shayk attends the 'All Is Lost' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 Shaykhlislamova during 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - Red Carpet at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States.
    (Photo : J.Sciulli/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli) Irina Shaykhlislamova during 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - Red Carpet at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  9. 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.

  10. After that, she began doing modelling work and was taken to glamorous destinations around the world.

    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Swimsuit model Irina Shayk attends the launch of Sports Illustrated's 2009 Swimsuit Issue at Pranna on February 11, 2009 in New York City.
    (Photo : Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated) NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Swimsuit model Irina Shayk attends the launch of Sports Illustrated's 2009 Swimsuit Issue at Pranna on February 11, 2009 in New York City.
  11. Her major break came when she replaced Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros as the main model for lingerie maker Intimissimi.

    Irina Shayak wearing intimissimi lingerie
    (Photo : intimissimi) Irina Shayak wearing intimissimi lingerie
  12. Shayak is still the current spokesperson for Intimissimi.

  13. That same year, she debuted in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

    Irina Shayak appears in Sports Illustrated
    (Photo : Sports Illustrated) Irina Shayak appears in Sports Illustrated
  14. She has also covered international magazines like Annabelle and Paris Capital.

  15. In May 2009, she signed with modeling agency IMG.

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Model Irina Shayk attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
    (Photo : Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Model Irina Shayk attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
  16. 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.' "

  17. 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."

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Irina Shayk attends the Reebok's NYC Jukari Pop Up event at Skyline Studios on September 14, 2009 in New York City.
    (Photo : Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Reebok) NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Irina Shayk attends the Reebok's NYC Jukari Pop Up event at Skyline Studios on September 14, 2009 in New York City.
  18. She has worked as the host of Russia's Next Top Model since the show's inception.

  19. She has also done campaigns with Armani Exchange and Guess, and has done work for Victoria's Secret.

  20. She appears in Kanye West's "Power" music video.

  21. She ranked first in the "50 Hottest Russian Women" list by Complex magazine.

  22. 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.

  23. She was the first Russian to appear on the cover.

    BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 21: Actress Irina Shayk attends the press conference of Paramount Pictures 'HERCULES' at Hotel Adlon on August 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
    (Photo : Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 21: Actress Irina Shayk attends the press conference of Paramount Pictures 'HERCULES' at Hotel Adlon on August 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
  24. She dated Rob Bourdon, an American drummer in 2007 before calling it quits in October 2009.

  25. 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.

    MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Model Irina Shayk attends Club SI Swimsuit hosted by Sports Illustrated at LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on February 19, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.
    (Photo : Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated) MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Model Irina Shayk attends Club SI Swimsuit hosted by Sports Illustrated at LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on February 19, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.
  26. Irina Shayk is the official ambassador of Pomogi (means Help Me) charity in Russia.

  27. She dated soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 after the two met through a campaign for Armani Exchange. The couple dated for five years.

    Irina Shayak and Cristiano Ronaldo in a CR7 ad.
    (Photo : CR7) Irina Shayak and Cristiano Ronaldo in a CR7 ad.
  28. In 2011, she was named the sexiest woman of the world by Hungarian magazine Periodika.

    Irina Shayk
    (Photo : Getty Images) Irina Shayk
  29. Shayk made her acting debut as Megara alongside Dwayne Johnson in the 2014 film Hercules.

  30. Her net worth is $4 million.

  31. In 2015, she began dating actor Bradley Cooper. He is around 11 years her senior.

  32. 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.

  33. Irina currently divides her time between New York and Europe.

    Irina Shayk
    (Photo : Getty Images) Irina Shayk
  34. She is 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm tall.

  35. Her favorite movie director is Woody Allen.

  36. Her favorite movies are Match Point (2005) and The Game (1997).

  37. Her favorite writers are Haruki Murakami and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Model Irina Shayk attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.
    (Photo : Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Model Irina Shayk attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.
  38. Her favorite stores include Rag & Bone Olivier Theyskens, Scoop NYC and Intermix.

  39. She does not enjoy drinking alcohol. "I'm not the kind of person who is out drinking," the Russian beauty admitted.

  40. She loves using organic coconut butter - she uses it as a face and body moisturizer.

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Irina Shayk attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
    (Photo : Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Variety) NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Irina Shayk attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.

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