Irina Shayk is a successful Russian model and actress but she has been making news recently for being Bradley Cooper’s new girlfriend. See what this lovely lady looked like in her younger days.
Her good looks though are not Irina’s only talent, she is also adept at playing the piano which she has done since she was six years old. She enrolled in music school when she was 9, studying there for 7 years, mainly playing the piano, but also singing in the choir. Unfortunately, Irina’s father died when she was 14 years old leaving the family with little money. The only income they had was from Irina’s mother who was forced to take two jobs to make ends meet.
Following high school graduation, and having failed in her quest to attain marketing qualifications, Irina and her older sister Tatiana enrolled in beauty school and it was there where she was noticed by a local modelling agency who were impressed with her beauty. With the modelling agency spurring her on, Irina entered the Miss Chelyabinsk 2004 beauty contest and she went on to win.
At this point she was only 18 years old, but by the time she was 21 Irina Shayk had started to become noticed on the bigger stage. In 2007 she became the new face of Intimissimi and also in 2007 she did the first of the photo shoots for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – something she has gone on to repeat a number of times since.