‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Cover Girl Revealed! (PHOTOS)

By: / February 15, 2011

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The new issue of Sports Illustrated is finally here and Russian model Irina Shayk has won the coveted bikini-clad cover spot.

The 24-year-old model hails from Yemanzhelinsk, a small town in Russia, and has appeared in spreads for GQ, Glamour and Elle Spain. On the Sports Illustrated cover, the pouty-lipped beauty poses in skimpy pink and yellow bikini on the sunny sands of some warm beach. Must be nice to be so gorgeous! (Check out more swimsuit babes at Sports Illustrated‘s website.)

Irina also appeared in Kanye West‘s “Power” video. Watch the video after the jump.

Sports fans may recognize Irina – she is currently dating Portuguese soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although the cover was intended to be revealed on The Late Show with David Letterman at midnight on Tuesday, this year’s highly-anticipated cover was leaked when Rana Wardlaw snapped a photo of the Sports Illustrated billboard and posted it on Twitter.

“I saw it from my office window,” Rana tells the Huffington Post. “I work at a media agency called Starcom Worldwide. They unveiled the billboard for a few minutes to tape it for the Letterman Show and then covered it back up. I guess they didn’t cover it fast enough!” Oops!

Previous Sports Illustrated cover models have included Tyra Banks and Just Go With It‘s Brooklyn Decker.

Don’t forget to check out more sexy photos at Sports Illustrated‘s website.

What do you think of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover? Sound off in the comments!

Photo Credit: Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated; Raphael Mazzucco/Sports Illustrated.