Irina Shayk is the new Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition cover girl


Well, at least it wasn’t Brooklyn Decker. I’m actually happy about that. Russian model and boob-pusher-outer Irina Shayk is this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl. Is it okay if I say that it looks like they mangled her pretty face with too much Photoshop, AND that the chick’s boobs look fake? Am I just being a hater? Probably. Anyway, I was wondering why I knew this girl’s name (and yet, was unable to pick her out of a lineup), so People Magazine published this helpful guide to who she is and why we may know her:

She’s just been revealed as the cover model for Sports Illustrated’s 2011 swimsuit issue, but Irina Shayk is hardly a household name – at least, not outside her native land of Russia. But that’s surely destined to change with the coveted SI cover, one of the most high-profile assignments in the modeling world. Here are five more things to know about the 25-year-old shapely swimsuit siren:

1. She’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend
Shayk has been dating the Portuguese star of famed Spanish soccer club Real Madrid since 2010, and they make quite the power couple. But now Irina has one-upped her boyfriend. Widely considered the world’s best soccer player, Ronaldo has yet to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

2. She hails from a small town near Chelyabinsk, Russia
She was “discovered” in 2004 while on a three-day train ride from Chelyabinsk to Moscow. Since then, Shayk has gone on to grace numerous magazine covers and been featured in ad campaigns for brands like Intimissimi, Lacoste and Guess. This is her fifth appearance in SI’s swimsuit edition.

3. She called her mom and sister in Russia first after getting the SI cover
“They didn’t sleep!” she tells PEOPLE of her relatives, who had stayed up into the wee hours, due to the time difference. Shayk adds that her mom and sister are her biggest fans, and they “always think I’m the best.”

4. She wasn’t expecting to get the swimsuit cover
“It was a total surprise,” she says. The announcement was made on CBS’s The Late Show, with Shayk and nine other models listening backstage. Shayk says the other girls weren’t jealous. “We’re like a big family, and we work together all the time and we know each other,” she says. “Everyone is very friendly and happy.”

5. She doesn’t diet
Instead, she works out with a personal trainer to stay healthy and happy. “I love to eat everything,” she says. “I think I love food too much to not eat.”

[From People]

So I knew her because of Cristiano Ronaldo. She was his girlfriend through the whole baby drama thing – where Cristiano hooked up with some New York chick, the chick got pregnant, and Ronaldo bought the baby – and Irina stayed with him. Ugh, really?

Here are some additional pics of Irina:




Cover courtesy of HuffPo. Additional photos by WENN.

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  1. Praise St. Angie! says:

    well, looks like she got implants since that black-dress pic was taken.

    and an upper-lip enhancement, too. she’s got that weird Jessica Biel upper lip thing going on.

    and they TOTALLY over photoshopped her face. she’s pretty and they made her look weird.

  2. DGO says:

    Her upper lip and breasts are jacked, but the rest of her looks good.

  3. Rita says:


    Yeah, about the implants but I thought maybe the science had advanced to replacing the nip with a valve stem. Won’t that be the day of true liberation?

    Ditto on the photoshop.

    Can we blame the lip crazy on Angie?

  4. truthSF says:

    People, if you were not born with big lips, stop trying to enhance them. They will never look as good as the real thing, thankyouverymuch!!

    edit: Lol @Rita, you need to get your own blog, I would totally support it.

  5. Quest says:

    What happened to the boobs in the black dress???

    Do they (boobs) need added support to look plump?

    Kaiser: Russian model and boob-pusher-outer Irina Shayk. Fuh Real. Thank god for photoshop and enhancements.

  6. alma says:

    oh wow! all i can see in the pic is her boobs O_O i don’t think she’s enhanced anything, she just poops them out to too much and squeezes em with her arms..
    yes, her upper lip is weird.

  7. Pauline says:

    In some shots she looks like Adriana Lima…but in other shots she looks quite unattractive!! So, not sure what to think…

    But a definite improvement from Brooklyn Decker.

  8. Fire says:

    Yeah, those lips are completely insane.

    I would support a Rita blog 100%! Your posts are always f*cking hilarious! Maybe Kaiser and CB will let you guest-write on here??

  9. lilred says:

    Lol @ Rita. Well that would eliminate the need for implants you’d just have to inflate your breasts to the desired size.

  10. sapphire says:

    Meh. Yes, miles of legs, fake boobs, shopped face. Can we see the real thing?

  11. Cherry Rose says:

    I’m surprised she’s still with that douche Cristiano Ronaldo, especially since he continually cheats on her. Girlfriend must have low self-esteem.

    Or they have some sort of arrangement.

  12. im awful says:

    i wouldnt mind looking like her.

  13. Praise St. Angie! says:

    yeah, Rita, then we could inflate and deflate as necessary. MAN, would I love that ability!

    most of the time I love my double Ds, but there are times that I wish they were a cup or so smaller so I could wear certain things. but I also know what women will go through to have an ample bosom, so I try not to complain!

  14. Arianna says:

    i find her eyes creepy
    and yes she’s gorgeous, but maybe i’m desensitized to goodlooking people cuz i’m not that impressed.

  15. sasa says:

    She’s a strange one. Very very sexy yet sometimes borderline (not) pretty. But definitely an improvement over Brooklyn what’s-her-face Decker.

  16. Alarmjaguar says:

    I think the boobs are a result of the pushing (good call, Kaiser) and some well-constructed swimsuits/undergarments

  17. Dizzybenny says:

    Geeez,if SHE is the cover girl imagine the other girls inside the issue.
    I think i’ll pass this years issue thank you very much!

  18. WYIJM says:

    Gah, the DailyFail had some lovely pics from her Maldives holiday with Ronaldo. Great body, but her face isn’t all that.

    Actually, her boobs look a lot different here as well?

  19. Jezi says:

    I think she’s very pretty. Not sure about the enhancements but she’s a goodlooking girl.

  20. Pam says:

    ITA @ Quest. Her boobs in the black dress are horrible

  21. tapioca says:

    I’m afraid that despite his PR and model GF, Cristiano Ronaldo is only the second-best soccer player in the world. The top honour belongs to a short, average-looking guy called Lionel Messi, as every player who ever has a bust-up with Crissie on the pitch will relish telling the media afterwards!

    But yeah, I’d totally taser a kitten to have her body, but her face is jacked. Then again, SI SE and Victoria’s Secret tend to feature women who look most incredible from the neck down…

  22. The Bobster says:

    So hideous. So fake. And with a voice that would drive a guy up the wall. I remember when these models were pretty.

  23. e says:

    She was on the Today show this AM. She looks a LOT better in person. She has an awesome body but I wish she had not gotten fake boobs and I agree that she needs to leave her lips alone.

  24. I Choose Me says:

    Nice face esp. the eyes and fantastic bod esp. the boobs but er, who gave her the fat lip?

  25. Eleonor says:

    That lips is awful!
    Am I the only one who thinks that Cristiano is another gay-in-the-closet who pretends to be straight?

  26. DGO says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that Cristiano is another gay-in-the-closet who pretends to be straight?


    No, you’re not. In fact, that’s the general consensus.

  27. Marie says:

    Somebody on another site said it perfectly “same shot, a different set of tits, yawn.”

  28. Bohemia says:

    yup. Cristiano looks gay. no comment on Irina though. ok, meh.

  29. InVain says:

    Not a fan of her look..boobage or lips.

  30. Kim says:

    Pretty girl no question but her fake lips ugh!! awful! Why do girls do this??? Not the best cover girl they have ever had.

  31. anti says:

    she messed up her top lip, it’s distracting. liked the natural bust line better too. she was beautiful before.

  32. bluhare says:

    She looks like the poor man’s Liz Hurley, who I think is the poor man’s someone else. Can’t remember who.

  33. Brittany says:

    SI made her look like a total butterface.

  34. Angel says:

    She DOESN’T have implants she was a model, long before C. Ronaldo thing, so people would notice. ;)

    She looks hot, of course.

  35. jover says:

    The sun must have gotten to the SI people – brooklyn decker movie star. Really!

  36. Solveig says:

    The mother of C. Ronaldo’s baby died few weeks ago, I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but I thought it was suspicious [Detective La Toya mode: ON. (cit.: Michael K.)].
    Irina really likes to eat everything, especially botox, fillers and silicon.

  37. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “The mother of C. Ronaldo’s baby died few weeks ago, I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but I thought it was suspicious”


    got any more dirt on that? I love a good conspiracy!

  38. Bodhi says:

    My cousin is a fashion designer & one of her swimsuit is in this issue! Yay!

    Damn, the baby’s mom died?! Thats crazy!

  39. mia girl says:

    Uggg… It looks like she implanted her chest with two round crystal paperweights.

  40. truthSF says:


    “Irina really likes to eat everything, especially botox, fillers and silicon.”

    And the best quote of the day goes to… Solveig!! :)

  41. Spaniard says:

    Tapioca: IAWTC, that fugly douche is the world’s best football player only in his dreams. Messi, the messiah is the GOD of football.

  42. Estella says:

    I think she is gorgeous! Now I want to have a baby with a hot Indian guy so it can have my green eyes and his tea-colored skin. This lady looks like a mix of several ethnicities which I find exotic and beautiful.

  43. Anon says:

    The baby’s mother did not die, and the article mmisquoted Cristiano’s sister. She meant that the baby’s mother was (figuratively) dead to them, because she has nothing to do with the child, but the person writing the article decided to dramz it up a bit.

    Also, the Messi vs Cristiano being the best player in the world is subjective. Depending on who you talk to, it will change. And the two can’t really be compared because not only do they play different positions, they have entirely different playing styles and personalities. I still think Xavi Hernandez should have received the Ballon D’Orr this year.

    As for Irina.. meh. I do not necessarily think that Ronaldo is gay (mostly because I have met straight men who are very similar to him) – I just think that is who he is. So I understand why he would want to be with someone like Irina. Her interviews are really annoying though and she comes across as very, very, very arrogant. I’m pretty sure she once said that she gives thanks every day that her parents made her beautiful.

    And her top lip almost touches her nose in some pictures.

  44. Camille says:

    @Praise St. Angie!: ITA. She’s definitely had a bit of work done. Her top lip also reminds me of Kylie Minogue’s top lip.

    She is very pretty though.

  45. lachica says:

    Andy Roddick must be pissed. lol

  46. Stephanie says:

    IMO, she definitely should have left her boobs and lips alone. I think she looks stunning in the black dress!

  47. Ruffian9 says:

    The other photos are better than the cover – she’s got major dead-eyes in the cover shot.

    Obviously I don’t follow football (soccer) that closely – I was SURE Ronaldo was gay. He certainly gives off the vibe.

  48. DGO says:

    She’s also had a couple of nose jobs.

  49. DetRiotgirl says:

    @bluhare beat me to it! Liz Hurley better watch out, because someone clearly cloned her!

    I don’t know though. As far as clones go, a young Liz Hurley is not a bad one to go for. I think she’s pretty.

  50. Isa says:

    Her boobs look too good to be true on that cover. Man, I wish I had a pair like that.

    I don’t like the cover picture. I don’t like how the lighting makes them look to pale. Her eyes really are a lovely shade in the other pictures.

  51. The H says:

    The last pic her lips remind me of Lisa Rinna’s. Not optimal..

  52. Sofia says:

    Good cover choice – I think she is very beautiful! A couple of things these photos make me think — she is just genetically beautiful with that body and I need to get to the gym before summer…. Anyone else surprised she is Russian, I thought with that pretty dark skin she looks Spanish or Brazilian.

  53. snarky_pup says:

    I am so sorry but her lips and boobs are terrible. Where is Bar?

  54. Wondering says:

    I just don’t understand why is Cristiano with her. I am football follower and I’ve seen plenty of his interviews. He is a nice person and very successful. This girl is very arrogant and comparing to other models not as pretty. She is just using Cristiano Ronaldo’s fame. Apparently its working. Too bad that he is letting her doing so.

    And what’s the thing with saying all the time “We Russians…”??? Isn’t she her own person. Or her only big advertisement is that she is from Russia?

  55. Eleonor says:

    Well Cristiano Ronaldo usually “dates” all this beautiful girls who are not so famous and who are only famewhore, he used a surrogate mother to have a baby…my gay radar says: gay-in-the-closet.

  56. loopygorilla says:

    she is pretty … i must admit as a gay dude…

    but i wonder if it is all real or not?

    but i guess straight guys dont care lol

  57. 6 says:

    Fake and not attractive. In good shape though.

  58. The Bobster says:

    #58, yes, we do. Who wants to bounce on an air mattress?

  59. Jennifer Leigh says:

    Would totally go gay for her.

  60. Solveig says:

    @Anon (#45), oh, I thought the news was true, because I’ve never read a denial on this story until now. Glad to hear that it is a (stupid) misquoting.

  61. Maria says:

    She is Vain and Fake


  62. Steven says:

    As you can see Irina´s top lip is unusually plump in comparasion to her bottom lip. Verdict for lips – Altered.
    Probably gets regularly restylane injections done in the lips to give that stetched appearance of the lips.

    And her boobs are very round. She probably got saline or silicone implants.

    As you can see she looks the best without boob job and lip job on the picture at the end of this blogpost. She looks more elegant and HOT natural and I´m amazed that people think she is hot now? Her lips are distracting in a bad way. Though I give her credit for her fit body!