In case you haven’t been keeping up with our Twitter, we headed to the Intimissimi in Oxford Street on Tuesday, to meet and interview the wonderful Irina Shayk.
The 26-year-old Russian supermodel and Intimissimi ambassador was at the store to promote the brand’s latest book, The Perfect Bra – a book which pretty much does what it says on the tin, or cover if you like, and helps women find their ultimate “perfect bra”.
Irina looked a vision of loveliness as always, draped in a royal blue dress which complemented her eyes beautifully, and sky-high Christian Louboutin shoes.
We managed to grab a few words with the gorgeous model after she posed for the paps, and here are a few highlights:
What’s the secret to your amazing bikini body?
If you drink water when you’re dehydrated, you should drink very small sips because if you drink so much your stomach will be big. So the secret is don’t eat dairy products, eat more chicken and grilled vegetables because it doesn’t make your stomach big.
Working out in the morning before shooting always helps, it brings your muscles up in pictures. You can do a little tan which will show your muscles more.
What do you feel sexiest in and what do you feel most comfortable in?
Sexiest in lingerie, because when you wear it, it gives me something, I don’t know, this feeling of support. High heels!
Most comfortable – shorts and t-shirt and no high heels. NO HIGH HEELS! I wear high heels for work everyday that when I see a woman wearing high heels for everyday life I’m like “woaaah she’s a superhero!” and I would never wear high heels to walk around the street.
What advice would you give to women to help them feel more body confident?
Just wake up in the morning and start to love yourself. Look in the mirror and say “I’m not skinny like she is, I don’t have long hair or long legs but guess what, I have beautiful butt and I’m sexy and I would put these leggings on and go and rock them on the street and all the men will look at me”… and guess what, you will go, and people will be like “wow she’s so beautiful”.
Just be very comfortable with yourself, it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, if you are comfortable and you love yourself from inside out, that’s the secret.
Could you describe your idea of the perfect bra?
Perfect bra feels just like your second skin because when we wake up in the morning the first thing we do is put underwear on. I’ve had so much bad experience with bad lingerie – you’re wearing it all day and it’s itching and the wire is getting in your skin and you want to cut it off and throw it away. The perfect bra should feel so comfortable and beautiful and sexy all in one.
And for me my perfect bra is the push up bra because it gives you extra cleavage and everyone likes. And men likes too…
Do you have a certain beauty regime that you follow everyday?
I drink a lot of water and I try to stay out of the sun. If I want to look more tanned I can use darker foundation. We have to remember that sun is amazing because it’s Vitamin D but it can cause skin cancer.
Two years ago I did a charity project with Marc Jacobs called ‘Protect the skin you’re in’ which basically reminds all the people out there that it’s important to protect your skin. We have to put sun protection on our neck too.
Then I use only organic products; I use a lot of coconut oil. I can eat two teaspoons of coconut oil in the morning or put it in the salad; I put it on my body, on my face, on my hair as a hair mask. I don’t buy expensive products. If I want body scrub I use honey from my fridge mixed with the salt or coffee or sugar. I’m from Russia and was growing up in a village where my mum didn’t have money to buy creams; we have to be more down to earth and do something that’s more natural.
Would you be interested in doing more catwalk?
When I was 19 and started modelling I did some runway shows but right now the fashion business has changed a little bit and now you can see very, very skinny models on the catwalk.
I love my shape and I don’t want to lose another 5 kilos to do runway. I wake up in the morning and sometimes feel too skinny and run to the fridge and eat everything I can because at the end of the day, man don’t love skinny woman.
I’m 26 and I know what I am and I’m not gonna cut my hair and dye it blonde or lose 5 kilos. I am doing other stuff and I feel very comfortable about it. I did Kanye West’s show in Paris; I really enjoyed it because it was really cool and relaxing because I didn’t have to lose extra kilos because that’s not who I am.
And finally, please finish this sentence. A supermodel should always…
Look amazing and good and be a real woman. Beautiful on the inside and the outside.