'I think that’s what true beauty is. It’s not about putting on masks, putting on makeup, brushing your hair, putting on nice clothes,' said Shayk.
Bradley Cooper and his former girlfriend Irina Shayk are teaching their daughter what every parent should do. The duo is educating their daughter that being kind to people is the "most important thing," Shayk wrote in an article on motherhood for Harper's Bazaar.
"Every time we send her to school, we're like, 'Just remember kindness and love.' So I think that's what true beauty is. It's not about putting on masks, putting on makeup, brushing your hair, putting on nice clothes," shared Shayk.
She continued, "With TikTok and Instagram and social media, my daughter is growing up in a different environment than I grew up in, so sometimes it kind of scares me. But most important is teaching our daughter bigger values than being pretty on the outside." Shayk admitted that her daughter is a "big part" of why she started to love herself.
"She’ll say, 'I love Daddy so much, I love Mama so much, I love Nana, I love Babulya—' who is my mom. Then she goes, 'And I really love myself.' And I’m looking at my daughter and I’m like, 'Wow, I wasn’t like that at six years old.' You know what I mean? I didn’t have her thoughts at six years old. But this is what we need to teach our kids," she revealed.
Shayk also spoke about motherhood and how it has transformed her as a person. "Motherhood definitely shined a light on me, [like] 'Oh, you’re a mother, you’re busy, but you still have time for yourself and you don’t have to change who you are.' Sometimes I wake up and I feel cute and I think, 'Oh, should I put these pictures out on social media?' One voice says, 'Oh, but people will say, ‘You’re a mother.’ And I’m like, 'But what does it mean?' My example is Emily Ratajkowski. She’s always sexy and feminine and all about loving your body. Maybe I’m not so vocal about it, but I’m totally on the same wavelength: You’re a mother, but it doesn’t mean you cannot go outside in a tiny little skirt or put a sexy picture up," she shared.
Shayk mentioned that she has never been bothered by people's opinions. "My mom would always say, 'You’re so stubborn.' It’s just part of my personality. I’m so busy. We don’t have a nanny, so between trying to run my career, cook, clean, dress my daughter, bring her to school, and do all the mom stuff, I have no time for people’s opinions. Why on earth would I click and read 2,000 comments? I kind of don’t rely on it. I have my friends, my family. They love me, and I know who I am. I don’t give many, many S-H-I... you know this word, what people really think about me," said the supermodel.
Cooper and Shayk have always supported each other as co-parents. They welcomed their daughter in 2017 and called it quits on their relationship in 2019. During their relationship, they stayed away from the public eye and made very few appearances. "Because my work requires me to be out there, I just decided my personal life will be quiet," Shayk said in 2019, according to PEOPLE. "That's why it's called personal, because it's something for you and your family, and I feel happy with it."
Talking about fatherhood in 2018, Cooper told NPR, "I guess having a child, and having a family of my own—which is a miracle and something I've always dreamt of—has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present."
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