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Irina Shayk to Cover SI 2011 Swimsuit Issue (photos, video)

Irina Shayk was best known as the girlfriend of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo but she is on her way to becoming a superstar in her own right after capturing the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

Irina’s latest campaign was with  La Senza, the high end lingerie company. She follows a string of celebrity models both for the fashion house and SI.

Among La Senza models are UK TV host Tess Daly, Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson, model Petra Nemcova and Emma Heming, who is married to actor Bruce Willis.

As for SI, Shayk, 24,  follows Brooklyn Decker, who has since launched her film career in Adam Sandler’s movie “Just Go For It,” which topped the box office this past weekend.

Her growing relationship with Ronaldo, who previously had bounced from woman to woman, has definitely raised her profile. Not that she lacked the goods as a model before she met him.

She and Ronaldo, who plays for Real Madrid, have been dating since January.

Check out Irina’s SI Cover; Click to enlarge.

Since then, Irina has modeled for Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi and posed for a stunning photo shoot for the September issue of GQ magazine.

The latter, however, irked the gorgeous brunette and she said last month she is considering legal action against the publication after it featured images of her nude which she claimed had been airbrushed.

Irina may look so good in underwear because she says she likes the look herself.

“I think the power of seduction is within every woman, but I feel more sexy wearing lingerie,” she said.

Check out her photos to see what she means. Click to enlarge!

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