Ronaldo`s girlfriend Irina Shayk in nude photo row

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 11:53 AM IST

Los Angeles: Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo`s girlfriend Irina Shayk is upset with Spanish GQ after nude photos of her were published in the magazine.

The 24-year-old Russian beauty``s agents threatened to sue the mag over the pictures, which they claim have been digitally altered.

However, the magazine insists the underwear model happily stripped off — and has threatened legal action against Shayk`s agents Elite.

The stunning brunette posed for GQ in Madrid on November 4 and the magazine published 14 sexy photographs and an interview this week.

The front cover shows her smoking a cigarette over the headline: "The most beautiful animal in the world. Do you want to discover Ronaldo`s girlfriend naked?"

Inside she appears in a series of photographs in lingerie, and in five pictures she seems to be wearing no knickers.

One shows her outdoors in just a pair of high heels, and two others only wearing knee-length socks.

"She`s the victim of photographic retouching and negligence by GQ Spain. It wasn`t planned for her to appear naked," the Sun quoted Gael Marie, director of Elite models in Spain, as saying.

Marie said the photos "damaged and harmed the model`s image" and added: "It`s obvious the headline was designed with the sole aim of selling more copies."

The editor of the magazine Javier Fernandez de Angulo, who was present during the photo-shoot, hit back, saying: "The model took her clothes off completely naturally.

"Maybe she`s annoyed because we put on the front cover that she`s Ronaldo`s girlfriend, and she asked us to avoid that."

Ironically during the interview Shayk says you don`t have to be naked to feel sexy.

She said: "I feel very sexy when I`m wearing lingerie. You don`t have to be naked to feel sexy. I think the power of seduction is within every woman, but of course I feel more sexy wearing lingerie," she added.

ANI