Irina Shayk wants you to know there is no such thing as ‘perfect’.
Shayk is considered an industry icon in the modelling world. She credits her success, in large part, to her refusal to be anything but herself.
“I’m not perfect,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar for their Summer Digital issue. “I have bad-skin days and bad-hair days. Sometimes I don’t look like a model. I’m just a real human being.
“If somebody wants to inject their lips because they feel bad, God bless them. I don’t judge anyone,” Shayk continues. “But I always promote natural beauty because I think we live in this perfect world where everyone wants to be perfect. But I’m not perfect. Sometimes I have a double chin. Perfection doesn’t exist. I’m going to have wrinkles and I have wrinkles.”
“You just have to accept the idea of aging and of bodies at every stage, and just celebrate it,” she urges. “In life, we have to let it go and understand it’s a human process not to be perfect.”
Throughout her illustrious modelling career, Shayk has refused to change her look to suit other people’s interests.
“I never was this kind of person who was like, ‘I want to look pretty.’ I had agents who said, ‘Oh, you have to cut your hair, lose the wig.’ And I was like, ‘Not happening.’ You have to know what you want and you have to stick with your decisions.
“People will tell you, ‘You’re too skinny, you’re too fat.’ You have to learn how to love you and be comfortable in your own skin. If you really love you for who you are, I think you can do anything.”
The interview with Harper’s Bazaar marks the 33-year-old’s first feature since her split from longtime partner Bradley Cooper.
“Do I believe in marriage? Yes, of course,” she tells the publication. “I’m not the kind of person who is against it.”
Shayk and Cooper share one child, two-year-old Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper.
“You have to be really truly yourself for your kids, otherwise you’re living in a lie,” Shayk says of motherhood. “Tell me one reason why, just because you’re a mother, that you need to wear a longer skirt. No! I don’t believe in that. I really don’t.
“Why should you have to change who you are and how you feel just because you become a mother? I’m like, tell me why. Tell me one reason! I don’t believe in that… I really believe if you love something, you can prioritize your time. [Motherhood] is just an addition to your life.”