Irina Shayk says she still believes in marriage

Irina Shayk is sharing her thoughts on marriage, motherhood and the fascination surrounding her private life.

The 33-year-old model shines on Harper's Bazaar's summer digital cover, where she poses for stunning pics and is as candid as ever in an interview that was conducted prior to her split from Bradley Cooper but amid breakup rumors. 

While it didn't work out with Cooper, Shayk is still optimistic about marriage. 

"Everyone looks at it differently," she says. "Do I believe in marriage? Yes, of course. I'm not the kind of person who is against it."

Though marriage doesn't appear to elicit strong feelings from Shayk, relationship etiquette certainly does.

"Nobody's sending letters to anyone anymore," she laments. "I really believe if you go for dinner with somebody, you don't have to send them a text or keep them updated on Instagram message. You freaking pick up the phone, call and say, 'Let's have dinner.'"

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As with her romantic relationship, Shayk is tight-lipped about her 2-year-old daughter, Lea de Seine, whom she shares with Cooper.

Though she's quick to offer up general thoughts on motherhood, Shayk, who's already teaching her daughter Russian, doesn't share personal details about her only child, aside from the fact that Lea is named after Shayk's paternal grandmother, Galina -- a woman she says "was one of the strongest women of my life" -- and that her middle name "is the Seine, like the river in Paris." 

"There is no real challenge," she tells the magazine of motherhood. "I really believe if you love something, you can prioritize your time. [Motherhood] is just an addition to your life."

"... You have to be really truly yourself for your kids, otherwise you're living in a lie," she adds, before delving into why women think they have to change themselves to be a mom.

"Tell me one reason why, just because you're a mother, you need to wear a longer skirt. No! I don't believe in that. I really don't," she says. "... How is it that people think of this idea? Why should you have to change who you are and how you feel just because you become a mother? I'm like, 'Tell me why. Tell me one reason!' I don't believe in that. I don't understand why."

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As for why everyone is so fascinated with her private life to begin with, Shayk reasons, "I think it's just human beings: if you cannot have it, you want to have it. There's a curtain there, you want to open the curtain. It's curiosity I guess."

Shayk, who says she thought she'd pursue a career as a teacher or piano instructor before before being discovered, seems completely comfortable keeping the curtain closed by distancing herself from the digital world, refusing to read online comments and generally focusing solely on her own life and happiness.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk arrives at the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Gloria Campano, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk arrive at JFK airport on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for National Board of Review)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Irina Shayk, Bradley Cooper arrives at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awardsat The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Irina Shayk, Bradley Cooper, and Emily Blunt attend the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are seen walking in soho on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are seen walking in Soho on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Actor Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are seen walking in soho on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk and their daughter Lea are seen arriving at the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Photopix/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk look on prior to the Men's Singles Final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Milos Raonic of Canada on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 08, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actor Bradley Cooper (L) and model Irina Shayk leave the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 09: Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper attend the Arop Charity Gala At the Opera Garnier under the auspices of Madam Maryvonne Pinault on March 9, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attends the Red Obsession party in Paris to celebrate L'Oreal Paris's partnership with Paris Fashion Week. L'Oreal Paris spokesmodels accessorised with accents of red to celebrate the launch of the new Color Riche La Palette on March 8, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images For L'Oreal)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk attend the L'Oreal Red Obsession Party as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2016/2017 on March 8, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Cyril Chapuy, Lewis Hamilton, Bradley Cooper Irina Shayk attend the Red Obsession party to celebrate L'Oreal Paris's partnership with Paris Fashion Week on March 8, 2016 in Paris, France. L'Oreal Paris spokesmodels accessorised with accents of red to celebrate the launch of the new Color Riche La Palette. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images For L'Oreal)
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"I'm not this stiff model who sits there and wants to look perfect," she says. "I'm not perfect. I have bad skin days and bad hair days. Sometimes I don't look like a model. I'm just a real human being."

"You have to know what you want and you have to stick with your decisions. People will tell you, 'You're too skinny, you're too fat.' You have to learn how to love you and be comfortable in your own skin," Shayk continues. "If you really love you for who you are, I think you can do anything."

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