Irina Shayk’s career seems to be moving from strength to strength.
The girlfirend of Cristiano Ronaldo, who fronts the 2011 Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue, cried tears of joy as the cover was revealed on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night.
She was accompanied on the show by a group of other swimsuit models, but only one could nab the coveted spot.
Backstage, the group gathered, and Miss Shayk was pictured laughing and wiping away her tears after the TV host made the shock announcement.
Last night she celebrated at a party hosted in New York to celebrate the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and was joined by the likes of Brookyln Decker.
The news had still yet to sink in yesterday morning, as Miss Shayk appeared on breakfast programme The Today Show.
'To be on the cover of Sports Illustrated is a dream come true,' she said. 'We Russians, you know, we know all the secrets, but I didn't know I was landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and it was so surprising to me. I was in shock; I was crying'.
The model posed for the provocative photo shoot months ago in Hawaii and the Philippines at a number of pristine beaches.
Irina said on the U.S show: ‘There were 10 models there to do (Letterman’s) Top 10 List, and nobody knows until the last minute who the cover will be… And then I saw it, and I couldn’t believe it.’
The nine other swimsuit models who appeared on the show were Anne Vyalitsyna, Julie Henderson, Kate Upton, Alyssa Miller, Chrissy Teigen, Hilary Rhoda, Genevieve Morton, Damaris Lewis and Izabel Goulart.
During her appearance on the Late Show, Irina proved she looks just as good in a mini-dress as she does in a swimsuit as she arrived in a skimpy red silk dress.
The lady in red accompanied her outfit with classic black Christian Louboutins and a matching black clutch.
And there to support the model was her beau Ronaldo, who strolled into the Ed Sullivan Theater in a brown leather jacket and aviator sunglasses.
Although the latest edition marks the fifth time Irina has appeared in the magazine, she has become the first Russian cover model for Sport’s Illustrated Annual Issue.