Russian model Irina Shayk insists she has never been motivated by fame and just wanted to be able to make a good living from modelling.
Irina Shayk has never been motivated by fame.
The 32-year-old Russian model has opened up about her path into the fashion industry and is adamant that it was never her intention to be a celebrity, she just wanted to be successful in her chosen profession and make a good living.
In an interview with the London Evening Standard newspaper, she said: ''I didn't become a model because I wanted to be famous. I worked specifically to get the money. And it happened that I had success because I worked really hard.''
Irana began modeling after entering the Miss Chelyabinsk 2004 beauty contest, however, before she made this move she had never even read a fashion magazine, and had no ambition to be a model - in fact she wanted to be a journalist.
She said: ''My favourite subject at school was literature. I was really good at writing and telling stories. My teacher was always putting up my work as an example to the older kids.''
After enrolling at a part-time beauty school, Irina was spotted by a modelling agency and soon left for Paris.
She said: ''I had no idea what modelling would be like. All I was thinking about was that I could maybe get some catalogue work and help my family. I didn't speak any English.''
Irina - who has 16-month-old daughter Lea de Seine with her long-term partner, actor Bradley Cooper, with the family based in Los Angeles - admits it was hard living in France as a young, struggling but those times were the making of her.
She reminisced: ''In Paris, I was living in [a] small model apartment with other girls. We had €40 pocket money a week. On Sundays we would all share rice, because we had no money left. And on Monday morning we would jump on the subway with our €1 we had left to get to the agency and get our pocket money for the next week. It was a hard time, but a fun time.''
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