Before Thanksgiving, Shayk accused the Spanish glossy of digitally removing her underwear in photos. A statement by Gael Marie of Elite Modeling Agency Spain read, in part:
In every image photographed Ms. Shayk was dressed in lingerie in the artistic and tasteful shots done by famed photographer Vincent Peters but due to negligence on GQ's part it seems as if Ms. Shayk "poised" for pictures entirely nude, which is false. A contract was signed on behalf of Ms. Shayk by Elite Model Management where she was to have approval of the interview, cover and images and was refused that right by the publication. Ms. Shayk was not nude and did not approve these images. Irina Shayk NEVER saw the images, cover or caption that was used in GQ Spain.
The magazine then posted a lengthy response to the allegations on its blog in Spanish. GQ claims that Marie signed off on the "interview" before publication. Some other excerpts that we translated:
Irina posed nude for GQ -- she knows it, the Elite agency knows it, the photographer knows it, and so do the stylists and the fifteen witnesses who attended the photo shoot.
We chose one of the world's leading photographers, known for the quality of his photos and never for any scandals, Vincent Peters. Among his portraits are names like Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Adriana Lima, Liz Hurley, Natalia Vodianova, Mariah Carey and Charlize Theron.
We have the contract, more than 15 witnesses who saw that Irina agreed to undress for the session, we have the original naked photos of Irina ... What more evidence is needed? The facts, witnesses, original documents, photos ... Why lie for lying?
Irina does not need Photoshop and we know it. She is no novice and knows how to pose and when to accept a nude assignment and when not to. A photographer who does covers for GQ does not need to go deleting underwear photos.
Our feeling: anger and disbelief.
A screenshot from GQ Spain's website of one of the images in question:
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