Irina Shayk is the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model

Hubba Hubba. Irina Shayk soaks up the sun on the beaches of Maui as the cover model for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, out today. Shayk is a native of Yemanzhelinsk, a village that doesn’t show up on most maps, the brown-haired, green-eyed Shayk made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2007 and has appeared in every Swimsuit issue since.
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Shayk graces the cover under the headline Paradise Found in Hawaii. She is the first Russian cover model and joins an elite group of Swimsuit models to grace the cover, one that includes Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Heidi Klum, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks, Petra Nemcova, Marisa Miller and Brooklyn Decker. This year’s cover was shot by Bjorn Iooss–son of long-time Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr.–who captured the iconic image with the first shot on his first-ever Sports Illustrated shoot. Joining Shayk in this year’s issue is 2010 Swimsuit cover girl Brooklyn Decker, who is getting the Hollywood treatment on the set of her big-screen debut, Just Go With It, for her 6th appearance in the issue.

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