Last month, L'Oréal Paris announced the newest addition to their family of beauty ambassadors: supermodel Irina Shayk! To celebrate, Irina sat down with the French beauty brand to talk about her career, family, and favorite beauty products! Let's see what she had to say...
What does it mean for you to be a L'Oréal Paris spokesperson?
It's such an incredible honor and I'm so excited to be joining the L'Oréal family. It's been a dream of mine to work with L'Oréal and I'm so thrilled to be representing such an incredible brand.
Your favorite L'Oréal Paris product at the moment?
One of the drawbacks of my job is that hair often gets damaged during the shoots - a lot of hair products and complicated hairstyles can harm hair a lot. I love Elseve Extraordinary Oil. Before or after shampoo, this magic oil nourishes, protects, and brings my hair back to its natural beauty. It is also perfect for blow drying or to protect the hair from the sun during your holidays. It's my absolute must have product now.
How did you begin your career?
I was discovered after winning a local beauty contest in Russia. Paris was the first city I ever went to for modeling. I was 19 years old, which was pretty late to start as a model. I'd never been anywhere like that. It was a hard time- I didn't speak the language. I didn't have any money. I did not have experience and had to learn really fast. It's a difficult business... it's very competitive. The rest is history!
How do you feel about your success?
I've been so fortunate in my career and feel so lucky to be where I am. I feel so grateful that I have a job that I enjoy doing every day. I have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and creative people in my industry, but not only, also in the music and cinema industry. I travel a lot and can discover many different culture.
What are your weapons of seduction?
Voluptuous lips, of course! For this, red is an absolute must-have.
What's your beauty regimen?
I always start my day with cleaning and moisturising my skin. Sometimes I use ice cubes to wake up my skin- my mom always does it and she has beautiful skin! If I work, I always protect my skin with a primer before applying any makeup. I love the L'Oréal Paris BB Cream because I don't need to apply extra foundation; it is lightweight yet a little goes a long way. It gives my skin a lift which continues throughout the day.
What gives you confidence?
My family. We always stay united and supportive of each other. I owe so much to my mom, sister and grandmothers - they gave me the strength to get to where I am now.