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Irina Shayk on insecurities: 'Sometimes I wake up and think I look horrible...sometimes I see a strong woman'

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Published 08/06/2015 | 14:21

Russian model Irina Shayk poses as she arrives for the amfAR 22st Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Russian model Irina Shayk poses as she arrives for the amfAR 22st Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 68th Cannes Film Festival

Showing that no one is immune from days where they suffer from low self esteem, supermodel Irina Shayk says she too has her insecurities.

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The 29-year-old Russian model said she had a hard time growing up.

Russian model Irina Shayk attends the Soiree Chopard 'Gold Party' on the sidelines of the 68th Cannes film festival
Russian model Irina Shayk attends the Soiree Chopard 'Gold Party' on the sidelines of the 68th Cannes film festival
Russian model Irina Shayk poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.

Her father passed away when she was 14 and so she worked to help with household expenses. On top of that, she didn't always get along that well at school.

"Yes, I was tall with dark skin and hair - not the typical blonde Russian. But I think the bullying and what I went through just made me stronger, and helped me to deal with rejection, which is so common in the modelling world," she told British magazine Hello!

Model Irina Shayk arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Model Irina Shayk arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

"Sometimes I wake up and think I look horrible. And sometimes I see a strong woman. All women have insecurities and bad times, what counts is how you overcome them."

Irina did painting work at a local hospital during the summers when she was young, and she was paid $20 for 30 days. It all helped her family and it's made her realise how lucky she is to be jetting all over the world and working for the likes of Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated now.

Swimsuit model Irina Shayk attends the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Takes Over The Schermerhorn Symphony Center event
Swimsuit model Irina Shayk attends the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Takes Over The Schermerhorn Symphony Center event

"Nothing is easy and, as far as my modelling career goes, the path to the top has been long and difficult, but that's what makes it special. I always look back to remind myself where I've come from. Money is not important to me. What makes me feel successful is making the people I love happy," she explained.

The model famously dated footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for around five years until their split in January. Neither has spoken about why they parted ways, with Irina continuing to keep quiet on the matter. It probably helps that she's moved on with Hollywood A-lister Bradley Cooper though.

Irina Shayk has appeared multiple times on the pages of Maxim
Irina Shayk has appeared multiple times on the pages of Maxim
Irina Shayk attends the Playtech launch party at Gilgamesh on February 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Russian model Irina Shayk poses as she arrives for the screening of the film "Sicario" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival
Irina Shayk has been the face of Beach Bunny for two years
Irina Shayk: simply stunning.
Supermodel Irina Shayk shows off her credentials in this eye-catching gown. The smokey brown eye is overkill, but she still looks great.
Model Irina Shayk attends Gabrielles Angel Foundation Hosts Angel Ball 2013 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 29, 2013 in New York City
Irina Shayk attends the 'All Is Lost' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France.
Irina Shayk walks the runway during Cancun Moda Nextel 2011

"In a relationship of course - but the right one!" she said when asked if she's happier single or with someone. "Sometimes we waste time hoping a person will change when what you've got to do is focus on yourself and move forward.

"I don't speak about my previous relationships or break-ups. We know what happened, and that is the only thing that matters to me. All I can do is move forward. "

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