Lingerie Model Irina Shayk: ‘I Would Never Do Playboy. I Have Class.’

Irina Shayk in Esquire: "I'm too classy for Playboy"

If we could make this shit up, we'd be rich.

Russian model Irina Shayk is famous for two things: landing the 2011 cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and dating football star Cristiano Ronaldo (she is also, to a lesser extent, famous for raising a stink when Spanish GQ allegedly photoshopped her underwear out of a cover spread last year). Anyway, ten seconds of Google Image searching will reveal endless photos of Shayk semi-nude, squishing her bare breasts, obscuring her naked groin with her hand, etc.

…Which brings us to our next point. Shayk just gave an interview to Esquire (which will run in the February issue) in which she brags about how much money Playboy offered her to pose nude. Shayk apparently balked at the offer with a seemingly impressive lack of self-awareness, saying:

“I would never do Playboy. Yes, I am a lingerie model, but I have class. Playboy offered me so much money last year. I was like: ‘No. Way.’ Alright Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer did it. But they did it at the end of their career and it was classy. I think of myself as a cover girl. But I would never do some kind of cheesy magazine.”

We wouldn’t say that posing in your underwear for Esquire and posing nude for Playboy are the same. They are, after all, different publications. However, Shayk’s want to distinguish between nudity and class is dated and pointless, especially coming from someone who takes her clothes off and puts her fingers in her mouth professionally.

Also worth noting: bragging about how much money you turned down to pose naked isn’t a good working definition of class, either.

Anyone want to defend Shayk here or is this pretty firmly in the territory of Things Models Say That Will Haunt Them?

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    • Quin

      I saw this on facebook and thought it was The Onion at first.
      Yup, that’s how ridiculous it sounds.

    • Jamie Peck

      ::covers nipple with arm:: classy
      ::moves arm two inches to the right:: not classy
      What is it about classiness you don’t understand?

      • Ashley Cardiff

        In the future, I should really just e-mail you and ask some clarifying questions before I post anything.

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