The 29-year-old supermodel Irina Shayk has recently revealed that her family was desperately poor during her childhood in Russia and she used to earn less than a dollar a day.
“I had to work picking potatoes and tomatoes because that was a way to make money in our little town. During the summers, they paid me $20 for 30 days’ work painting the local hospital.”
“I still work with that hospital today and it’s very gratifying to be able to give back what they gave me,” she added.
Shayk has found international success on the runway and love with Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper. However, even when she started to work as a model, things didn’t get easier straight away.
“I remember once in Paris when I was starting out and I had nothing to eat. That was a turning point for me because I didn’t give up. I knew that I couldn’t go back home without achieving anything, and that made me work even harder,” she told HELLO! magazine recalling her days as a young model.
Irina Shayk credits her humble beginnings and family of strong women for giving her the drive to succeed.
“My father died when I was 14 and I learned how to be a strong woman from my mother and grandmother, who is my absolute hero.”
In January 2015 Irina Shayk broke up with a soccer player Christiano Ronaldo after dating with him for five years. At the moment Shayk is dating a 40-year-old American actor and producer Bradley Cooper.
Moreover, according to recent reports in Spain, Irina Shayk is among a number of lovers in the life of outgoing FIFA president, Sepp Blatter. A Spanish newspaper El Mundo published a piece titled, “All the women in Blatter’s life” that describes the controversial 79-year old Swiss as a womanizer.
The Spanish newspaper has revealed that Blatter was dating Irina Shayk before meeting his present girlfriend, Linda Barras, who is 28 years younger to him, mother of two with her former husband. This recalls the famous speech that was made by Sepp Blatter at Oxford University in 2003, when he mocked Cristiano Ronaldo and declared Lionel Messi to be his favorite.
However, Irina Shayk denied that she ever had a relationship with the 79 year old Sepp Blatter.
“The rumors regarding an alleged romantic and or personal affair with Sepp Blatter by El Mundo newspaper in Spain is a pathetic attempt at defaming Ms. Shayk and are absolutely not true,” declared Shayk’s representative.