Among dense forests of pine, oak and very cold air appeared a new fairytale princess at the beginning of the 21st century. Irina Shaykhlislamova, with her startling green eyes, brightened the small Russian town of Yemanzhelisk, south of the Ural Mountains, when she was born on the 6th of January in 1986. Her birth was already a premonition of what awaited her, because she inherited her Tartar father’s brown skin and the natural beauty of her Russian mother.
She embodies the perfect combination of beauty and intelligence, paired with a strong determination, which makes her one of the most compelling women on the runway. At the age of four, she became enchanted by the beauty of Stephanie Seymour and Cindy Crawford, but it was when she first saw a picture of super model Karen Mulder that she thought: “I want to be like her.”