Irina Shayk feels fashion industry is better for older models. Irina Shayk has opened up about how the fashion industry has changed for the better, insisting that the past two years have been the best of her modeling career.
The 33-year-old Russian beauty’s career took of when she was 21 after she became the face of Intimissimi in 2007, making her debut in the Sports Illustrated issue that same year, but she feels that the last two years have been the best for her professionally.
She told Stella magazine: “I’ve just turned 33 and the last two years of my career have been the best. I never thought I would be the face of Jean Paul Gaultier or Burberry or Versace or be shot by Steven Meisel, because normally that happens at the start of your career. So ageing doesn’t bother me. The fashion industry has changed and now, older girls still work.”
Irina – who recently spilt from Bradley Cooper, the father of her daughter Lea de Seine – also revealed that she was shunned by brands during her 20s for being too curvy and was always told to ‘lose weight’.
“I was older than other girls – some started modelling aged 13. I wasn’t a size zero, I was bigger and I was sexy.
“Now, because of Instagram, it is not really about being a size zero, but back then, all the girls were skinny and I wasn’t.
“There are so many people who tell you to lose weight, to colour your hair or cut it or do this or that … You have to be strong and stubborn to be a model. It’s very important not to lose who you really are.”
Shayk went on to explain how she was reluctant to get into the modeling industry at first, telling Stella: “We lived in a super-small village, we never bought fashion magazines, I didn’t even know that world existed.
“When I was asked to be a model, at first I said no, I wanted to finish studying marketing at college. My mum had been saving up to pay for it. Then I realised modelling would be a good way to help my family. Money was my main driver.”
Irina Shayk feels fashion industry is better for older models