Irina Shayk in Harper's Bazaar Summer Digital Issue 2019
Irina Shayk Talks Marriage in Her First Magazine Cover Since Splitting From Bradley Cooper
- On authenticity and motherhood: "You have to be really truly yourself for your kids, otherwise you're living in a lie. 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."
- On women's roles in her home country, Russia: "Women are the ones who can handle everything. Woman can raise the kids, women can do the job, and when she's back, she can cook and clean and do the heavy work too!... We never had men around. You have to learn how to put a nail in the wall, how to hang the curtains. I know everything about how to plant potatoes and cucumbers because in Russia, it's how you survive the winter."
- On modeling and being comfortable in her own skin: "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."