LOS ANGELES: Irina Shayk says the fashion industry has ‘’changed’’ for the better for older models.
The 33-year-old Russian model’s career took off at the age of 21 when she became the face of Intimissimi in 2007 and made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that same year but she insists the ‘’last two years’’ have ‘’been the best’’ for her in the fashion world because ‘’older girls are still working’’ in the industry and are more valued now than they used to be.
She said: ‘’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 was aged 18 when she won the Miss Chelyabinsk beauty contest in 2004 and was later signed to a modelling agency – has also revealed that she was often shunned by brands for being too curvy and was always told to ‘’lose weight’’ when she was working during her 20s.
‘’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.’’