Irina Shayk has the deep Eastern European accent of the villain in an old black and white war film, the sultry beauty of a Bond girl and the kind of body that lands a girl the cover of Sport Illustrateds swimsuit edition. For a black and white shoot by Cameron Krone in the minimal Norma Kamali store in NYC, Shayk plays the part of a blinged out, label loving mafia mistress with mystery.
In vampy designs by Norma Kamali, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Jimmy Choo and more, the supermodel basically redefines sexy which might make it hard to believe that the Russian beauty didnt know she was that sexy until about 2007. I was the tallest girl in school, Shayk explains, everybody was making fun of me because I was tall, I was thinking Im not beautiful at all. I was shy and had short hair. When I was chosen for Sports Illustrated was when I thought maybe Im beautiful. Chalk it up to one of lifes great mysteries.
So what does the future hold for the New York transplant who was classically trained in music? Maybe after modeling Ill do concerts and all guys will be invited. Well, the best start is knowing your audience. -Kerry Pieri
Photographer: Cameron Krone
Photographers Assistant: Christopher Arzt
Stylist: Emily Finkbinder
Associate Stylist: Dee Grossmann, StyleCaster
Makeup: Talia Shobrook, Community NYC
Hair: Benoit Moeyaert, Art Department
Manicurist: Martha Fekete, Bryan Bantry
Model: Irina Shayk, Marilyn Agency