In her first feature since her split from long-time partner, Bradley Cooper, the notoriously private model Irina Shayk “gets real” for BAZAAR.com‘s Summer 2019 digital cover.
On perfection and natural beauty: “I’m not perfect. 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. 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. In life we have to let it go and understand it’s a human process not to be perfect.”
On the public’s obsession with her private life: “I think it’s just human beings: if you cannot have it, you want to have it. There’s a curtain there, you want to open the curtain. It’s curiosity I guess.”
On marriage: “Do I believe in marriage? Yes, of course. I’m not the kind of person who is against it.”
On motherhood and remaining authentic to oneself: “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.” (source)