Russian model Irina Shayk shows why soccer star boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo is so enamored with her in a sultry fashion shoot for Spanish magazine S Moda. She’s also fronting a campaign for clothing label Blanco.
Irina, 26, was photographed by Alvaro Beamud Cortes in lingerie by Paule Ka, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Intimissimi and others handpicked by fashion editor Francesca Rinciari for the May 5 issue.
Check out Irina’s photos; click to enlarge.
Shayk is also being featured in Blanco advertisements and billboards around Madrid. Her profile is super high in Spain because her Portuguese boyfriend plays for popular Real Madrid soccer team.
Although she’s an A-list celebrity throughout Europe, she told S Moda she rarely bothers to keep up with what the tabloids are writing about her. “I don’t care what people think about me, I really don’t,” she said. “I think success is very hard work so, you know, if you work hard and you have some success you have to give up something.”
Irina is best known in the United States for her appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue last year. She was replaced this year by model Kate Upton. Shayk has appeared in the magazine every year since 2007.
She met Ronaldo when the both were models for Armani Exchange’s spring/summer campaigns in 2010. They have been dating ever since.
The couple were spotted recently in Madrid and were also seen vacationing in London, Istanbul and Lisbon. Ronaldo has one child, who was born as a result of a one-night stand with a California waitress.
Shayk says it takes fortitude to be a celebrity these days. “You have to be sure about yourself and about your work and your career and you have to be strong inside because so many people come around and try to say bad things about you,” she told the magazine.
The 5’10” tall beauty probably gets a lot of self-confidence from her looks. Check out her stunning photos.