Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest girlfriend, Irina Shayk, has vaulted into the international spotlight since she started dating the Real Madrid star in April. And with good reason, the Russian model loves to work out… and it shows.
The 5’10” Shayk grew up in an obscure Russian village so small “we didn’t even have fashion magazines,” she tells GQ in its September issue.
But she broke into international modeling after her mom replied to an ad she saw at a bus stop in 2004.
Since then, Irina has been featured in countless magazine photospreads, including the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
She has also landed modeling contracts with prestigious fashion houses, including Armani, where she met Cristiano, who posed for Armani’s underwear collection.
Unlike other young models who either don’t work out at all or claim they don’t, Irina admits she exercises four to five times a week and eats well because she likes taking care of herself.
“I love to work out, it’s a great start to a day!” gushes the lean Shayk. “And I feel very comfortable there.
“I work out four or five times a week with my trainer not because I want to be skinny, but because it just makes me feel good to start my day with a workout.”
“It’s very important to take care of your health,” she says. “I work out a lot, love boxing and Pilates, but I also eat healthy food and drink a lot of water. But the most important thing is to be happy and to be in love with your body!”
It’s clear judging from her photos that Cristiano loves her body, too. Check them out: