Here she is: Miss Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Model 2011! Russian-born 25-year-old Irina Shayk learned at a taping of CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman Mondy that she won the coveted spot as the 2011 Swimsuit Issue covergirl from a photoshoot in Hawaii several months ago.
She succeeds the 2010 cover model Brooklyn Decker.
Shayk, a native of the tiny village of Yemanzhelinsk, made her SI swimsuit debut in 2007 and has appeared in every swimsuit issue sincet then. She is the publication’s first Russian cover model, and her photo was taken by Bjorn Ioss, son of longtime Sports Illustrated photog Walter Iooss Jr. It’s his first shoot for the magazine!
SI — the most-read sports mag on the Planet — unveiled its 17 swimsuit models on Friday. The full list includes: Alyssa Miller, Anne V, Chrissy Teigen, Cintia Dicker, Damaris Lewis, Esti Ginzburg, Genevieve Morton, Hilary Rhoda, Irina Shayk, Izabel Goulart, Jessica Gomes, Jessica White, Julie Henderson, Kate Upton, Kenza Fourati, Shannan Click, and of course, last year’s blonde bombshell, Brooklyn Decker.
Shayk will sit down for her first interview as a Sports Illustrated covergirl on Tuesday’s Letterman.
Irina has been dating her soccer superstar boyfriend, Cristiano Ronaldo (himself an Armani Jeans and Underwear model), since 2010.