"...Shayk graces the cover under the headline 'Paradise Found in Hawaii'. She is the first Russian cover model and joins an elite group of Swimsuit models to grace the cover, one that includes Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Heidi Klum, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks, Petra Nemcova, Marisa Miller and Brooklyn Decker. This year's cover was shot by Bjorn Iooss—son of long-time Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss Jr.—who captured the iconic image with the first shot on his first-ever Sports Illustrated shoot..."
Also joining Shayk in this year's issue is 2010 Swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker, currently appearing in the feature "Just Go With It".
Other familiar faces in the 2011 Issue include models Cintia Dicker, Esti Ginzburg, Jessica Gomes, Julie Henderson, Damaris Lewis, Genevieve Morton, Hilary Rhoda, Chrissy Teigen, Anne V and Jessica White.
Newcomers include Alyssa Miller, Izabel Goulart, Kate Upton, Kenza Fourati and Shannan Click.
Shayk, originally from the the Russian village of Yemanzhelinsk, made her "SI Swimsuit" debut in 2007 and has appeared in every Swimsuit issue since.
Shayk's swim suit on the 2011 cover was designed by Sauvage by Elizabeth Southwood, and her bracelet was made by Los Angeles-based Ettika.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Irina Shayk in the 2011 "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue"...