Irina Shayk got candid in the cover story for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
The supermodel, 37, spoke about confidence, motherhood and a nugget of advice her grandmother gave her.
‘Always be yourself. Be nice to people,” she said, adding that her grandmother was “always so positive and thankful for every day.”
In the photos for the story, Lea De Seine’s mother Shayk Cooper, six, with her ex, Bradley Cooper, 48, looked sultry and sexy. She showed off her slim figure in a number of looks ranging from a leopard print pencil dress to sheer lingerie to a bra and miniskirt.
She also said that she became more confident after becoming a mother.
Animal Genius: Irina Shayk got candid in the cover story for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The supermodel, 37, spoke about confidence, motherhood and a nugget of advice her grandmother gave her
Cover Girl: Shayk in the May 2023 issue of Harper’s Bazaar in a leopard print Dolce & Gabbana dress
The brunette bombshell credits her beloved grandmother for giving her the confidence to be herself.
“I have always admired my grandmother. She was my icon in basically everything. She always had kind words for me. That’s what true beauty is,” she explained.
And she dove into how motherhood changed her outlook on life.
“Motherhood definitely shone a light on me, (like) ‘Oh you’re a mom, you’re busy, but you still have time for yourself and you don’t need to change who you are,'” she wrote.
“Sometimes I wake up feeling cute and I’m like, ‘Oh, should I post these pictures on social media?’ A voice says, “Oh, but people will say, ‘You’re a mother.’ “And I’m like, ‘But what does it mean?'”
But in the end, she refers back to her grandmother’s advice to always be herself.
She added, “You’re a mom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out in a little skirt or put up a sexy picture.”
“I never really cared about people’s opinions, even in the beginning of my modeling career when they said, ‘Oh my God, she doesn’t really look like a model. She’s not skinny, she’s too skinny. sexy, she will never be a model.”’
Roses: The model wore Giorgio Armani Limited Edition knit with a Fleur du Mal bra, Dolce & Gabbana slip, Roxanne Assoulin necklace, Bulgari rings and Wolford tights
Stunning: Irina modeled a Gucci biker jacket with a Michael Kors bodysuit and Tiffany & Co earrings.
Slim and slinky: Irina modeled a Stella McCartney dress, Falke tights and John Fluevog shoes
Dare to Bare: She bared her bra in a black miniskirt and leopard print thigh-high boots
High fashion: The 37-year-old looked stunning in a Hermès waistcoat, James Perse tank top and Dolce and Gabbana thigh-high boots
She continued: “I was always like, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to lose 10 kilos.”’
And even though she lives her life in the public eye, she makes sure to keep her head straight with one exercise.
“I don’t have time for people’s opinions. Why the hell would I click and read 2000 comments? I don’t really rely on it,” she explained.
‘I have my friends, my family. They love me and I know who I am. I don’t care much, much SHI… you know this word, what people really think of me.”
Advice: She relies on the advice her grandmother once gave her to ‘Always be yourself’
Her advice: On raising daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, she said, “The most important thing is to instill in our daughter greater values than being beautiful on the outside”
“People ask, ‘Have you always been so confident?’ No, I do not have that. It’s just that I’ve learned to love my imperfections. You must love you all.
“My daughter is a big part of why I’ve come to love myself even more. She will say: “I love dad so much, I love mom so much, I love Nana, I love Babulya -” who is my mother. Then she says, “And I really love myself.”
“And I look at my daughter and I’m like, ‘Wow, I wasn’t like that when I was six years old,'” she said.
She concluded, “The most important thing is to instill in our daughter greater values than being beautiful on the outside.”
She loves her body: Seen here in a swimsuit with boots in a photo posted to Instagram on Wednesday