Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ingrid Seynhaeve, Trump Protege



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Ingrid Seynhaeve.

Ingrid Seynhaeve (28 June 1973) is well known to Victoria's Secret fans for having walked in the 1999 and 2000 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows. There's a lot more to this classic beauty than just those fashion shows, though, so let's learn a little bit more about Ingrid.

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Ingrid was born in Menen, Belgium. Menen in is West Flanders, you know, where the poppies blow. She was "discovered" whilst sitting at her hairdressers. If it were that easy for everyone, I'd be camping out there.

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She got her start in modeling when she won the 1991 Elite Look of the Year contest. Not a bad way to get your foot in the door.

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Ingrid got noticed quickly. By 1993, she was in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, considered by many to the peak of swimsuit modelling.

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Ingrid in Sports Illustrated.

Ingrid repeated the feat in the 1995 and 1996 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Ingrid was renowned for her fitness.

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Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Guess, Anne Klein - Ingrid modeled for all the top names in the '90s.

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Seynhaeve has her share of covers, just like any top international model:

Argentina: 'Elle' - May 1997
Australia: 'Inside Sport' - July 1996
France: 'Vital' - August 1995; 'Cosmopolitan' - July 2001; 'Max' - 2002
Germany: 'Freundin Donna' - December 2011; 'Freundin Donna' - October 2012
Italy: 'Amica' - April 1995
US: 'Shape' - January 1998; 'Z!nk' - 2003; 'Philadelphia Style' - December 2003

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By 1997, Ingrid even had caught the eye of one Donald J. Trump. Did they date: survey says... yes! Well, maybe, only they know for sure. Ingrid herself has always denied it. As for Donald, well, I don't see why he would want to deny anything regardless of the truth of that particular matter. Knowing just a teensy weensy little bit about how these things play out, it's easy to just assume the obvious.

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Ingrid Seynhaeve with a well-known future US President.

They certainly were seen around town together a lot. They have a bit more of a connection than that: The Donald actually was one of the judges in the 1991 Elite Look of the Year Contest that Ingrid won. Yes, Trump was there right from the start in her career.

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In any event, Mr. Trump (as he liked to be called) signed Ingrid to his modeling agency, Trump Models. She appeared in ads for summer concerts at Trump Marina in Atlantic City. She was working for him when she got the Victoria's Secret gig, so Trump's magic touch worked on Ingrid, too. He had her on billboards and the sides of busses before you (or he) could say "You're fired!"

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Ingrid appeared in some documentaries about the modeling world back in the '90s. These included "The Making of a Supermodel" in 1999.

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Ingrid also did some acting in "Don't Worry, Be Happy" in 2003. She also was the top judge on "Belgium's Next Top Model." Her career slowed down a bit after she became a mom in 2004.

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No dummy, Ingrid speaks five languages and has two sons. She jets back and forth between homes in Paris and New York. She is married to Jean-Baptiste Iera, and they have two sons.

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You can always learn more about Ingrid on her Official Facebook page, her Trump Models details page, her own website, and on her Instagram page.


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Valeria Mazza and Ingrid Seynhaeve in an ad for Guess Jeans.

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Valeria Mazza and Ingrid Seynhaeve posing for Guess Jeans.
  
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Irina Shayk, Russian Modeling Legend



Irina Shayk.

So, how would you go from a small, isolated mining town in the middle of Russia to become one of the most sought-after women in the world, on the arm of the biggest stars of England and the United States who local girls her age would love to be with?



Well, to be truthful, I don't know. Going from the middle of nowhere to the top of the world is pretty tough to do.

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Irina Shayk.

But we have here someone who does know how, because she's done it: Irina Shayk.



Irina was born Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova on 6 January 1986 in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. If you can pronounce all that, you must be Russian. She says it is about three hours from Moscow.



Irina is the daughter of a Tatar coal miner. She says she got her looks from him. She has a married older sister.



Irina participated in the "Miss Chelyabinsk 2004" beauty contest, against the daughters of other coal miners. Did you win? What do you think?



Winning the contest got Irina her start, but she says it really began when a manager at a model school spotted her. She went to Paris and says she had a hard time there, but then moved to New York and things took off. By 2007, Irina was in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has remained in the SI Swimsuit Issue straight through 2015 - and maybe beyond.

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Irina has been the face of Intimissimi for three years, becoming the official ambassador for the brand in 2010.



Irina has done some acting in music videos, such as Kanye West's "Power." She also appeared as Megara in Dwayne Johnson's 2014 film "Hercules."



Irina's Labrador is named Caesare, after Julius Caesar. She says it is the result of an affair by one of the dogs in "Marley & Me."

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Irina has done some catalogue work for Victoria's Secret, but that's not what she is most famous for.



Irina dated the man whom many consider to be the top football (soccer) player in the entire world, Cristiano Ronaldo. They were together from 2010 to 2015. If you live in Europe, there are few celebrity men that a pretty young lady would want to be with.



Heading a little further west after that, Irina hooked up with Bradley Cooper. If you don't know who Bradley Cooper is, well, look him up. If anything, he's even a better catch than Ronaldo.



Irina is very philanthropic and works with a maternity hospital in her hometown in that place that's hard to pronounce. She also raises money for Pomogi, a charity for sick children.



Naturally, Irina has been on a lot of covers, which include but certainly are not limited to:

Brazil: Vogue Brazil - February 2017
Japan: 'Vogue Japan' - January 2017
Russia: 'Tatler' - February 2011; 'Cond� Nast Traveller' - April 2012; 'Marie Claire' - April 2012; 'Cosmopolitan' - June 2012; 'Glamour' - July 2012; 'Grazia' - July 2012; 'GQ' - August 2013; 'Allure' - September 2013
Saudi Arabia: 'Harper's Bazaar' - March 2012
South Africa: 'GQ' - August 2010; 'FHM' - March 2012
Spain: 'Woman' - July 2005; 'Woman' - June 2009; 'Elle' - November 2010; 'GQ' - December 2010; 'Glamour' - January 2011; 'DT' - February 2011; 'Ragazza' - May 2011; 'Cosmopolitan' - June 2011; 'Yo Dona' - July 2011; 'Elle' - December 2011; 'Marie Claire' - March 2012; 'Man' - March 2012; 'Cosmopolitan' - May 2012; 'S Moda' - May 2012; 'DT' - March 2013; 'Vogue' - November 2013
Switzerland: 'Bolero' - June 2005
Turkey: 'Esquire' - March 2012; 'Cosmopolitan' - May 2012
UK: 'Esquire' - February 2012; 'The Sunday Times Style' - June 24 2012
Ukraine: 'Harper's Bazaar' - May 2012; 'Marie Claire' - May 2012
US: 'Ocean Drive' - July/August 2010; 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit' - 2011; 'Twelv' - November 2012; 'Vs.' - Spring/Summer 2013



Irina says that she gets mistaken a lot for having Latin blood, which perhaps accounts for all those covers in Spain.

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Irina is sometimes known as Irina Sheik, but her real name is... ok, we won't go into that again. But it isn't Sheik. It's Shayk....



Irina is much better known in Russia, where she hosted "Russia's Top Model."

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Irina was the placard bearer for the Russian team at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympics.

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Irina has appeared on the Russian television show "Evening Urgent." She also has done the usual chat shows in the US, such as David Letterman, Chelsea Lately and Craig Ferguson.



Irina has done some video work, too, appearing in "Need for Speed: The Run" in 2011.



Like other international beauties, Irina makes the "sexiest girl" lists. She has been, for instance, named "The Sexiest Girl in the World" by a Spanish magazine. She made #10 in the 2011 FHM List of the "100 Sexiest Women in the World." It is usually difficult to rank highly on the FHM list if you aren't an American actress or singer, so it was quite an honor to make the top ten.



Oh, Irina also made #4 on Maxim Magazine's 2014 "Hot 100" list.

Irina Shayk, Vogue Japan, March 2017.

Irina was the cover model for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.



Irina was born in the old Soviet Union, so technically she was raised as a communist.



Glamour Spain named Irina as the "Best International Model of 2010." They call it Mejor Modelo Internacional" over there.



Irina does not model nude; she says that any pictures of her nude have been digitally altered.



A Hungarian magazine named Irina "Sexiest Woman in the World." Since she had to beat out hometown beauty and international modeling superstar Barbara Palvin to do that, it was quite an honor.



The two, Irina and Barbara, are said to be good friends and they probably had a laugh about it. A lot of admirers would choose one of these two beauties as the prettiest girl in the world, and that ain't beanbag.

Irina posted this makeup-free self-portrait to her Instagram account.

Irina is the L'Oréal Paris International Spokesperson since October 2015.

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Irina was the first Russian to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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Bradley Cooper and Irina have a daughter, Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper. Lea was born at 7:49 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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