Russian-born Irina Shaykhlislamova, known as Irina Shayk , is the newest model to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The year-old, who has appeared in the magazine each of the past five years, was photographed in both Hawaii and the Philippines for this issue. Speakeasy spoke with the model this afternoon and she seemed giddy from landing her first Sports Illustrated cover. In halting English with a thick Russian accent, Ms. Shayk talked about her cover, her substantial bikini collection and the Russian spy she'd like to play if she were ever cast in a James Bond film. You just kind of go to the shoots and then you wait for the issue come out because you never know who's going to be on the cover.
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Irina Shayk is the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model
Irina Shayk has been revealed via bigass billboard to be the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, fronting the annual February offering to the bikini-bod gods in a Day-Glo, barely there fuchsia suit while kneeling in the sand on some beach. Anyway, now that Shayk has reached the pinnacle of swimsuit-modeldom, it's only right we share some need-to-know information about her This is Shayk's fifth appearance in the Swimsuit Issue, so the year-old Russian beauty is no newcomer to frolicking in the sand in the winter. Born in the town of Emangelynsk, located in greater Chelyabinsk, she was discovered in while on a train to Moscow, where she was apparently trying to flee from all those consonants after winning a modeling contest.
Here's the actual cover of the swimsuit issue, which is on sale now. See other photos from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue here. Shayk appeared on "The Today Show" this morning.