Reality star Irene Major, 41, who calls herself ‘Queen of Ingress Abbey’ becomes a Playboy cover star just FOUR months after giving birth to her eighth child – and doesn’t rule out adding to her brood
- British-Cameroonian model Irene Major is wife of Canadian oil tycoon Sam Malin
- Couple known for their lavish lifestyle and call themselves Lord and Lady Hailes
- Irene strips off for Playboy Czech Republic for its 30th anniversary, becoming first black woman from Africa to appear on its front cover
Reality star Irene Major has become a Playboy cover star at the age of 41, just four months after giving birth to her eighth child.
The British-Cameroonian, wife of Canadian oil tycoon Sam Malin, 57, with whom she shares the 11-bedroom Kent mansion Ingress Abbey, has become the first black woman from the African continent to appear on the front of Playboy Czech Republic on its 30th anniversary.
Irene, who gave birth to her first child at 20 and welcomed baby Jordan last year, strips off completely in one shot, posing naked bar a riding helmet atop a rocking horse in one shot, showing off her incredibly toned physique.
The Malins are known for their lavish lifestyle and call themselves Lord and Lady Hailes, after a £250,000 ruined Scottish castle called Hailes which they bought in 2008 came with a feudal barony.
Irene – who calls herself Queen of Ingress on Instagram – has appeared on several Channel 5 reality series including Billionaire Babies, and she said she is proud to be representing her home continent and ‘African beauty’.
Lady Hailes of Ingress Abbey has become a Playboy cover star at the age of 41, just four months after giving birth to her eighth child (pictured posing naked on a rocking horse)
British-Cameroonian reality star Irene Major, the wife of Canadian oil tycoon Sam Malin, with whom she lives in their 47-bedroom Kent mansion, has become the first black woman from the African continent to appear on the front of Playboy Czech Republic on its 30th anniversary
‘I am happy to be raising the profile and appreciation of African women in a country where Africans – and visible minorities in general – represent a tiny proportion of the population,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘Of course, I am also representing all women, no matter their colour, and in particular, mothers.’
Speaking about her enviable figure after having eight children, Irene said she sets herself a goal of being able to get back into her favourite pre-pregnancy clothes within six months of giving birth.
‘It’s then a two-pronged regime of stretches, dancing and exercise, helped by chasing toddlers around my home and also watching what I eat and how much,’ she said.
Speaking about her enviable figure after having eight children, Irene said she sets herself a goal of being able to get back into her favourite pre-pregnancy clothes within six months of giving birth
‘I am vegetarian and love preparing my own concoctions. I am partial to smoothies and have lots of my own recipes.’
She added that she is ‘very proud’ of her body and not shy when it comes to showing it off.
Irene is a former X Factor contestant; she forged a pop career with her sister Elsa, setting up the group Major in 2012. She auditioned for ITV talent show in 2014 and got though to the six chair challenge, with Louis Walsh as her mentor.
Irene previously attracted controversy when she admitted she lightens her skin. She told the Daily Mail in 2014: ‘A skin-lightening regime has been part of my life practically since birth.
‘There are many different types of African skin — from dark charcoal to a lighter version — and you grow up knowing that the lighter ladies are the prettier ones. It’s just a fact.’
She hit the headlines again in 2018 when she whipped off her wig on This Morning while defending her decision to lighten her skin.
Irene, pictured with her husband and seven of their children, she is ‘very proud’ of her body and not shy when it comes to showing it off. Her children are Samantha, 21, Lulu-Marie, 13, Pearl, 10 , Lincoln, nine, Mona-Swan, five, Noah three, Mason, two, and baby Jordan who turns one at the end of this month
During a debate with TV presenter AJ Odudu, who challenged her reasons for wanting paler skin, she snapped that she shouldn’t have to listen to someone with ‘fake hair’ telling her how she should look – before suddenly removing her own.
She exclaimed: ‘You’re Nigerian right? Take your wig off, let’s show them Africa!’
Before Covid, Irene – who was crowned Miss Lions Cameroon 1995 – and her Canadian geological engineer husband used to enjoy extravagant date nights, once hiring a private jet to Paris at a cost of £1,500, sipping Champagne all the way, to go shopping and enjoy a luxurious dinner.
The couple, who met while Sam was on a business trip to Irene’s home country of Cameroon, have spent much of the pandemic at Ingress Abbey – which they reportedly bought for £1.6 million and spent double that renovating it.
Irene said: ‘We have been very focussed on home. No travelling. All eight children have been at home for much of the pandemic, and we’ve had no help with home repairs or anything.
Asked if she sees herself having more children, Irene (pictured with her husband) revealed: ‘The truth is I don’t mind being pregnant at all, but let’s see what God has in store’
‘I had plenty of practice growing up in Cameroon playing my role in looking after my large family of brothers and sisters and being very focussed on home.
‘It has brought us very close as a family; we all love spending time together, with games and lots of movie nights. My husband and I also enjoyed some quality time together; instead of Paris I set a candlelight dinner for two on the rooftop. It was breathtaking!
‘Fortunately we don’t rely on events at Ingress Abbey to survive financially. For my part, I am able to continue to play a role in social media and entertainment from home, while my husband’s various projects around the world also continue.
‘Of course we do miss the opportunity to host fun and productive garden parties, fashion and cultural gatherings, many of which are for my charities.’
Before Covid, Irene – who was crowned Miss Lions Cameroon 1995 – and her Canadian geological engineer husband used to enjoy extravagant date nights, once taking a private jet to Paris at a cost of £1,500, sipping Champagne all the way, to go shopping and enjoy a luxurious dinner
Irene admitted she was happy with just having one child – hence the seven year age gap between her first daughter Samantha, 21, and her second, Lulu-Marie, 13.
‘But then more kept on coming and it was so easy with the children playing together and us getting scaleable routines in place,’ she said.
Asked if she sees herself having more, Irene revealed: ‘The truth is I don’t mind being pregnant at all, but let’s see what God has in store.
‘I’m one of nine myself. Children are a blessing. I couldn’t imagine my life without them. They keep me young and I’m so blessed to be their mother.’
Irene and her husband previously spoke of their desire to become members of the British aristocracy; she told The Times: ‘It’s what everybody is after. When you see the Arabs, anyone who can make a bit of money from around the world, they want that. You guys have kept things so great by having the Queen. You probably take it for granted, but we don’t.’
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