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How Irina Shayk Achieved a Net Worth of $25 Million

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk is a Russian model who has been extremely successful in her line of work. This can be seen in how considers her to be one of their Industry Icons. As such, it makes sense that Shayk has managed to make a considerable amount of money.

What Is Irina Shayk's Net Worth?

The exact numbers are unknown for obvious reasons. However, Celebrity Net Worth has produced an estimate of $25 million of her net worth. Something that should provide interested individuals with a very general idea of her wealth.

How Did Irina Shayk Reach Her Net Worth?

Background-wise, Shayk was born in the Russian town of Yemanzhelinsk, which is situated close to the country's border with Kazakhstan. Apparently, she has been mistaken for being South American. However, Shayk explained that as being a product of her parentage. In short, her mother is a Russian Orthodox Christian who converted to Islam. Meanwhile, her father was half-Russian, half-Volga Tatar Muslim. Shayk inherited a lot of her looks from her father, Thanks to that, she has said that she is often mistaken for being South American because Tatars are sometimes Brazilian-looking. In any case, Shayk spent a lot of time studying music as a child. This can be seen in how she started playing the piano when she was still at the age of six. Furthermore, this can be seen in how she went to a music school where she sung in the choir as well as played the piano because of her mother's wishes for her to study music. Unfortunately, Shayk's father passed away because of complications related to pneumonia when she was still at the age of 14. Something that left her family in a bad financial position, so much so that her mother had to work two jobs to support Shayk and her sister.

After graduating from high school, Shayk spent some time studying marketing. Later, she decided to enter a beauty school along with her sister. It was there that she was noticed by someone working at the local modeling agency. Something that eventually saw her competing in a beauty contest called Miss Chelyabinsk. For those who are unfamiliar, Chelyabinsk is a Russian city that serves as home to more than 1.1 million people, which are enough to make it the seventh most populated city in the country. However, a lot of people might be more familiar with it because of the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over the Ural Mountains in 2013, which was powerful enough that hundreds of people suffered injuries because of broken glass as well as other causes. Fortunately, the explosion happened at a high altitude. Otherwise, the casualties could have been much, much worse because the explosion was said to have been 20 to 30 times the power of the nuclear weapon that was used on Hiroshima. Regardless, Miss Chelyabinsk wasn't a particularly high-profile beauty contest and still isn't a particularly high-profile beauty contest. Still, it provided a boost for Shayk in her chosen line of work. By 2007, Shayk had become the face of the Italian clothing brand Intimissimi. Furthermore, she appeared in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the same year. Besides this, she participated in a number of modeling campaigns for a number of well-known brands. By 2011, Shayk's career had climbed to even greater heights. To name an example, she appeared on the front of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the first time, thus making her the first Russian to do so. Beyond that, she continued participating in modeling campaigns to considerable success. As a result, Shayk became prominent enough that she was chosen for the position of placard bearer for the Russian team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Something that was presumably a huge honor.

Since that time, Shayk has continued participating in modeling campaigns. Furthermore, she has made something of a transition to high fashion work. Besides that, Shayk has also been involved in various projects unrelated to her chosen line of work. For example, she has helped out a maternity hospital in her hometown. Similarly, she and her sister contributed to the rebuilding of the children's ward at the local hospital. On top of that, Shayk is involved with a number of non-profit organizations. One would be Pomogi, which is a Russian non-profit that specializes in helping out sick children. Others include both the ASPCA and the Food Bank for New York City. Other than that, Shayk has been involved with other entertainment industries as well, which is unsurprising. As early as 2014, she was one of those who appeared in Kanye West's music video for "Power." Later on, she was also in Romeo Santos' music video for "Yo También." Shayk has also done a bit of acting. In particular, she played Megara on the Rock's take on Hercules in 2014. Mythology enthusiasts might be able to guess that it wasn't a particularly important role in the grand scheme of things. After all, Megara was the Theban princess who was Hercules' first wife, meaning that she had the great misfortune of being married to him when he was cursed with madness. In some versions, she was killed along with their children by the maddened Hercules. In other versions, she survived the incident, with the result that she eventually re-married to Hercules' nephew Iolaus. Either way, Megara is pretty consistently in the background because those killings tend to be depicted as being the reason that Hercules embarked on the Twelve Labors as a way to atone for what had happened.

Further Considerations

Summed up, Shayk is someone who has managed to make it to the heights as a model. She has been involved in other projects in other entertainment industries. However, Shayk's most prominent role has been a minor character in a movie that managed to outperform expectations but not spectacularly so. As such, it seems safe to say that Shayk has managed to make the overwhelming majority of her fortune through her modeling work.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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