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Get to Know Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Irina Shayk

Photo Courtesy - Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated(NEW YORK) -- Sports Illustrated unveiled the cover of its 2011 swimsuit issue Tuesday.

Russian model Irina Shayk glows on it, kneeling in the sand, basking in the sun, soaking up her moment in the spotlight.

Shayk, 25, hails from Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. After winning a Russian beauty pageant in 2004, she began pursuing a career in modeling. In 2007, she made her SI swimsuit issue debut inside the pages of the magazine and has appeared in every swimsuit edition since then. She's also modeled for Lacoste, Guess, Armani Exchange and the lingerie brands Intimissimi and LaPerla.

Shayk is reportedly dating soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo; the two are rumored to have met through their gigs modeling for Armani Exchange. 

The cover of SI's annual swimsuit extravaganza has launched many careers, including those of supermodels Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

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