Irina received international recognition in 2007 when she became the exclusive contracted face of Intimissimi lingerie and made her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Since that time, she has appeared in every annual edition, attending photoshoots in such places as St. After being the image of Intimissimi for three years, Shayk was made the official ambassador for the brand in 2010.

At the end of the year she was pictured nude in the GQ Spain December issue; however, she claimed that she had not stripped for the photoshoot, and that the magazine had digitally altered the images to remove her lingerie.

On 14 February 2011 episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, it was revealed via Billboard that Shayk was the covermodel for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Spain for their June 2014 issue in a strapless white dress, and although she looked absolutely gorgeous, all eyes went to her super-hunky boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo who was standing behind her—naked. Yep, the only thing standing between you and the soccer stud's family jewels is his 5-foot-10 brunette beauty (but then again, that's always the case, right?

)the first high fashion people to say yes when the rest said no [to the shoot]," Shayk said.

"Shooting with them was effortless and magical and like a family reunion sharing something as special as this together."As if the nude cover wasn't enough to make you fall over into a pool of your own drool, the sexy duo took on multiple seductive shots for the spread of snapshots featured inside the magazine, including some of Shayk posing topless alongside her buff beau and a naughty black-and-white photo of Ronaldo slipping off Irina's pants as she lay on top of him.

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but failed it and entered a beauty school with her older sister.

While there, she was noticed by a person from a local modeling agency who was struck by her beauty.