Irina Shayk is Officially the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl

February 15, 2011

Russian model Irina Shayk has officially been announced as the cover girl of this year’s highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

David Letterman unveiled Irina as the magazine’s cover girl on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. This is the fifth time Irina has posed for the pages of the yearly swimsuit issue and the first time she has landed the cover. She is also the first Russian to ever make the cover of the iconic annual issue.

Source: Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated

Irina did not know she had landed the cover until it was unveiled on Letterman’s show. She told People magazine, “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.”

What do you think of the cover?

Source: Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated