Irina Sheik is one of the most famous top models. She walked the catwalks of the most recognized fashion houses and appeared on the covers of prestigious magazines. She took part in advertising campaigns for brands such as Guess, Lacoste and Beach Bunny, as well as in the legendary Victoria’s Secret shows. In 2011, she was the first Russian woman in history to be featured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit”.
The Russian beauty has just become the star of the new issue of the American magazine “Elle”. In a cover interview, topmodel told about growing up in poverty and not as easy as it might seem, the way to the top.
“I remember there were times when there was no food in my house. There were times when my parents did not receive their salary or they received it late,” Shayk revealed. The star was brought up in Jemanżelinsk, where her mother taught piano in a kindergarten, and her father worked in a mine. Although she was a huge success, she admits that she still remembers well the overwhelming feeling of instability and fear for the future. When the pandemic broke out, she and her colleague Joan Smalls decided to join the volunteers of the food bank in Manhattan. “It was an amazing experience,” she said.
Shayk confessed that she was not taken seriously in the industry for a long time. Her debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit made her label, which initially made it difficult for her to collaborate with top designers and photographers.
“I got the ‘sexy one’ label. I’ve heard many times, ‘She’s never going to work with Steven Meisel. She’s not fit to work for Burberry.’ I won’t lie – it’s hard to climb to the top when they put you in some sort of box. – admitted the model. Over time, she found a friend in the person of Burberry’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, with whom she worked many times. “We both come from similar backgrounds and we are very family oriented” – she noted.
Shayk also talked about raising her daughter with her ex-partner, Bradley Cooper, with whom she was associated for four years. The star admitted that she did not like the term “co-parenting” or “co-parenting,” which means sharing the responsibilities of raising a child when the parents are not in a relationship. “I never understood this term. When I am with my daughter, I am one hundred percent a mother, and when Lea is with Bradley, he is one hundred percent her dad. And he is the most wonderful dad in the world. Co-parenthood is simply parenting” – emphasized the model.
And she added that she is trying to protect her privacy, so she has no intention of revealing more details about her relationship with her ex-sweetheart. “My previous relationship is something private, something that belongs to me. It’s a part of me that I don’t want to reveal. I don’t read comments about it. Honestly, I’m too busy raising my baby. If journalists write articles about me, they just they do their job and I understand it. But I try to concentrate on my life and my friends. The rest is just noise, “Shayk explained.