Irina Shayk Talks Transition from Swimwear to High-Fashion

Posted Sunday October 7, 2012 6:04 PM GMT

Looking gorgeous in black-and-white, Irina Shayk pounded the pavement in New York City with a friend on Saturday (October 6).

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl wore a white ribbed top with black pants and black high-tops, carrying a matching leather handbag and her trusty cell phone.

Recently, the Russian model was given the opportunity to host "Russia's Top Model." While the 26-year-old brunette beauty may be best known for her swimsuit photos, she's now focusing on high-fashion shoots, gracing the cover of French magazine L'Express Style's September issue.

In an interview with Modelinia, she talked about the transition. "It's not so much difficult as it is just a totally different style of shooting. It's all about poses and what will be appropriate for a swim shoot as opposed to a high fashion shoot."

She went onto make a very high-brow simile, proving that there's more to her than just a pretty face: "It's like comparing two different styles of literature - Agatha Christie and Dostoevsky are both great writers, but their styles are very different from one another."

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