Meet Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl, Irina Shayk

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Irina Shayk will be plastered all over billboards and newsstands momentarily. But first, get to know the cover girl for Sports Illustrated‘s 2011 Swimsuit Issue.

The annual issue is often a star-making platform, with models like Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum gracing the cover. Even recent cover girl Brooklyn Decker landed a movie gig, appearing in the recent Adam Sandler flick Just Go With It.

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Because NewsFeed knows when most readers see a picture of Shayk, they want to know fun facts about her, we’re happy to provide. Here’s what you might not know about her.

  • She’s the first Russian Sports Illustrated cover girl
  • She hails from Yemanzhelinsk, Russia, a city so small it doesn’t show up on most maps
  • She has appeared in every swimsuit issue since 2007
  • Her bathing suit, if you were wondering, was designed by Sauvage by Elizabeth Southwood

For more content from the annual Swimsuit Issue, head to SI.com.

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