Irina Sharipova: I needed D&G
Irina Sharipova was determined to land a job with Dolce & Gabbana when starting out.
The 23-year-old model first got herself noticed after winning Miss Tatarstan in 2010 as well as becoming the first Vice-Miss Russia later that year.
By the time she signed with agency Women Management in 2012 Irina knew exactly where she wanted to go with her career.
"I went to the Milan airport, I saw this beautiful girl Bianca Balti in these Dolce & Gabbana ads, and I thought to myself, 'Why am I not on there?' When I came for the first time to the Women office, I met with the agent and I said, 'Honey, I need three things in my life,'" she recalled to WWD. "I said, 'I wanna get Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Victoria’s Secret.' These were just things I found on Google. And I got all of them. My first big, huge job was Dolce & Gabbana. I opened the show, then I did the campaign. It’s a family there. They love sexy, confident women."
It was last September that Irina walked for the brand in Milan and last December she strutted her stuff for underwear giant Victoria's Secret.
Irina also has designers such as Chanel, Versace and Nina Ricci under her belt. Nothing beats the rush of the runway for the brunette beauty.
"I love walking. I always feel super-amazing. I feel like a butterfly. But it depends on the show. Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren - it’s more classic and elegant," she explained. "Givenchy and Marc Jacobs - it’s more about being a cool girl. Every designer is so unique, and you have to understand what they want. The travel can be really stressful. You have no time to eat and sleep. But I still love it."