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The Six Degrees of… Abbas Kiarostami

The Gulf Film Festival is hosting a Master Class with internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Kipp finds out how he’s connected to a would-be actor/politician and a Russian Shayk.

April 13, 2011 5:47 by

Irina Shayk

Irina Shaik and Cristiano Ronaldo are said to have met through their Armani Exchange campaigns bank in Spring of 2010.

Born Irina Shaykhlislamova, Shayk is a Russian model known for her 2007 through 2011 appearances in Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issues. She is the cover model for this year.

On her way to an undergraduate degree in marketing, Shayk joined a local beauty school with her sister, where she was noticed by someone from a local modeling agency, who pushed her to join the Miss Chelyabinsk 2004 beauty pageant, where she won.

She has had modeling contracts with Intimissimi, Beach Bunny , Guess and of course Armani Exchange. She also starred in Kanye West’s music video for “Power” and has been ranked first in the “50 Hottest Russian Women” list by Complex magazine.

Proving, as some models aspire to, that she is more than just a pretty face, Shayk is helping develop a maternity hospital in her hometown and raises money on behalf of a Russian charity, Pomogi which cares to sick children.


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