If the following women did not take sports seriously, they would have no problems making it big as a model! It is always good to have a backup at all times, right? Some of them even pursued this alternative during or at the end of their careers. At any rate, you should not think that female athletes are all brawn. Mind you, it is possible to have beauty, brains, and brawn at once! They are indeed the whole package in our books.
This California native has twelve Olympic medals to her name. The competitive swimmer has also brought home the World Swimmer of the Year Award one time, and then the American Swimmer of the Year Award thrice. Her last big meet took place in 2016, but Natalie Coughlin has since been keeping herself busy. Apart from working as a spokesperson for C20 Coconut Water and appearing on the small screen, she also wrote a book and posed for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. We are not surprised to hear how much she has achieved over the years. Not only is she talented, but she is also stunning.
The gorgeous Blair O’Neal has been a golf player since the age of 11. Raised in Arizona, she started to play in the American Junior Golf Association two years after that. Her career has only seen more success since then. She played college golf for Arizona State University for four years. After that, she joined the big leagues and launched a modeling career at the same time. With a smile like that, there is nothing surprising about this whatsoever. The blonde bombshell has been pretty busy over the years. These days, she spends most of her time looking after her young child with Jeff Keiser, her husband.
You are looking at Kim Glass, who started playing in the U.S. national indoor volleyball team in May 2007. The year after that, she made her first appearance at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Team USA brought home a silver medal with her help. Not only did is she a volleyball star, but she has also dipped her toes in the field of modeling. In 2011, she graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. It is also neat to know that she tried out for America’s Next Top Model a total of five times.
This Norwegian pro snowboarder competes in the slopestyle category. It is hard to deny that the lovely Silje Norendal has seen a lot of success in her career as an athlete. She brought home the gold medal at the Winter X Games Europe in 2013 and finished in fourth place during the Winter Olympics in 2018. We can see just how talented and hard-working she is. Her athletic career is impressive, but some people like her even more for her radiant smile and dazzling good looks. She has modeled in the past too.
If you are familiar with Lindsey Vonn, it probably has to do with her career as an alpine ski racer. She started to ski when she was only two years old, so it was not all that shocking to hear that she has done very well at the sport. The athlete has a number of Olympic gold medals and various championship titles to her name. In 2019, she decided to retire. Despite this, we doubt that she will be forgotten. With her talent and beauty, there is no chance of that whatsoever. In the past, Vonn modeled for magazines like Maxim. Just like the other people on the list, she also modeled for the Sports Illustrated Edition.
We are going to talk about many female tennis players here. Let us begin with Ana Ivanović, who hails from Serbia. She went pro in 2003 and retired in 2016. Over the course of her career, she brought home a number of singles titles. In 2008, she was ranked No. 1. While she is no longer playing professionally, she has not slowed down at all. She has not only been raising two sons with spouse Bastian Schweinsteiger, but she has also modeled for magazines like Vanity Fair, Bella, and Harper’s Bazaar.
In the late ‘80s, Katarina Witt stopped competing as a figure skater. Despite this, we have not forgotten about her just yet. After all, the German native started working in the world of film and TV after that. She made it big after bringing home two Olympic gold medals under the East Germany flag. The first one was at the Sarajevo Olympics in 1984, while the second was at the Calgary Olympics in 1988. She has four World Champion titles and two World silver medals to her name. Her talent made her stand out from the crowd, as did her beauty. She was the poster athlete of East Germany back in the day.
Now in her fifties, Gabrielle Reece made it big as a pro volleyball player. But aside from that, she also served as a fashion model, an actress, and a sports announcer. She earned a volleyball scholarship at Florida State University and then moved to New York City after her graduation. She went pro, but this did not stop her from becoming a sports fashion model at the same time. With her good looks, we are sure that it was not difficult to find a job. She must have been a natural!
The most successful female American open-wheel racer is none other than Danica Patrick. She is a machine! The former professional racecar driver took the world by storm, only to retire in 2018. It is very impressive to hear that she is the only woman to ever win an IndyCar Series race. She did this when she emerged victorious in the Indy Japan 300 in 2008. The famous athlete has even become a pop culture sensation thanks to her looks and talent. She has done both TV and film work in the past. Not only that, but she also modeled for Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, TV Guide, and FHM.
Here is a powerhouse of a pro beach volleyball player. Kerri Walsh blew her fans away over the course of her career. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, she also has a bronze medal under her belt. Can you believe that she had been five weeks into her pregnancy when she competed in the London Olympics in 2012? She even brought home a gold medal that year! She is definitely easy on the eyes, so it is not that shocking to hear that she has done modeling and TV work in the past. In fact, you might have seen her in the ESPN: The Magazine “Body Issue.” It shows her before and after she gave birth to her third kid.
A true California girl, Jennie Finch used to be a professional softball player. Over the course of her career, she became a college All-American pick. She also brought home an Olympic medal and was a two-time pro-All-Star. That said, it is impossible to deny that she was unstoppable in the sport. In fact, Time even called her the most famous softball player ever. Even though she retired in 2010, she started to work as a color commentator for college softball and National Pro Fastpitch games at ESPN. She decided to put an end to her pro career to focus on her children as well.
People called her one of the 50 Most Beautiful People! Anna Kournikova is a Russian former pro tennis player who has a number of WTA Championships and Gland Slam titles to her name. Even though back and spinal problems cut short her career, she remains a household name even to this day. With her good looks, it is not surprising to hear that she works as a model and TV star. Aside from that, she is also known for her long-term relationship with Enrique Iglesias. Together, they have three children.
You might be familiar with Amanda Beard if you keep up with swimmers and the Olympics. The three-time American Swimmer of the Year has seven Olympic medals to her name. She went on a short hiatus but came out of retirement and placed second in the 200-meter breaststroke category at the National Championships in 2010. Not only is she a talented swimmer, but she has also done modeling work in the past. With those eyes and that bone structure, it is not exactly super shocking to hear this is the case.
Did you know that Trish Stratus was born Patricia Anne Stratigeas? She has been a fitness model, TV personality, actress, pro wrestler, and fitness master in the past. In her youth, she took an interest in wrestling. However, WWF only noticed her after she started working as a model. In November 1999, she finally signed a multi-year contract with the league. Where else have you seen here apart from the ring? Well, she has appeared in magazines in the past. She is also active when it comes to charity work.
Like we said earlier, there are a lot of gorgeous tennis players out there. The list would not be complete if it did not have Maria Sharapova in it. The Russian athlete enjoyed a very fruitful athletic career before she finally retired in February 2020. Among other things, she has brought home a medal at the London Olympics. We doubt that you will be surprised to hear that she has worked with a number of magazines in the past. She was even featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Aside from that, she has starred in a number of advertisements for various fashion houses and sports brands.
The truth is that Serena Williams has never disappointed us after she went pro in 1995. It would take us an entire day to cover her list of accomplishments, but you probably already know how amazing her career has been. At any rate, she is truly a force to be reckoned with. She has yet to show any signs of stopping either. She does not only dominate tennis courts in different parts of the globe, but she also does quite a lot of modeling and TV work. With those good looks, we would have done the same thing!
This gymnast served as the captain of the 2012 “Fierce Five” and the 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams. Aly Raisman took the world by storm after she scored silver medals for the individual all-around and floor exercise categories at the 2016 Olympics. She is a truly talented woman, but it would be a disservice to ignore her poise and grace. Over the years, she has also done modeling work and appeared in a number of magazines. She was on Dancing with the Stars as well!
In the past, Lolo Jones has gained attention for both her athletic prowess and good looks. She is an American bobsledder and hurdler who has bagged three NCAA titles and earned 11 All-American honors during her time at Louisiana State University. It does not look like she is planning to slow down any time soon. Not only does she rule her sport, but she has also done some modeling work. You might have seen her on the pages of ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue” and Outside in the past.
Isn’t it impressive to hear that Michelle Wie has been playing golf since the age of ten? This is the reason she was the youngest player to ever qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Aside from that, she was also the youngest person to qualify for an LPGA Tour event and to become the winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. Before she even turned 16 years old in 2005, she went pro. As you can imagine, she got a lot of attention and job offers. In 2014, she won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open!
Genie Bouchard is a pro tennis player who has made a name for herself over the past couple of years. As a matter of fact, she made history as the first Canadian-born player to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in the singles category under the Canadian flag. Without a doubt, she deserves the awards and accolades that she has since received. However, it would be wrong to ignore how gorgeous she is. Her smile lights up the room that she is in. Well, it might be more apt to say tennis court this time!
The Washington local is an American mixed martial arts pundit. In the past, she cemented her status as a legendary mixed martial artist. As a matter of fact, her fighting technique has always been praised by both the media and her peers. She has since retired, however. Outside of the UFC and MMA, she has modeled for a number of different publications and websites like Fitness Gurls and ESPN: The Magazine. She has since gone on to serve as the VP for a company called ONE Championship. Based in Singapore, it is a kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Muay Thai promotion.
We are not going to be shocked if you tell us that you were dazzled by Skylar Diggins. The pro athlete has been playing for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. She was the third overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft after the Tulsa Shock chose her. She instantly made it big because of her talent on the paint. The baller has brought home WNBA All-Star honors four times over the years. Not only that, but she was also named the WNBA Most Improved Player in 2014. In the past, she has also modeled for magazines.
An American professional ice hockey player and Olympian, Hilary Knight is among the most famous people in the sport right now. She has been playing it for a very long time now. At the moment, she is a forward with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, as well as the United States women’s national ice hockey team. Not does she only shred ice, but she has done modeling work in the past as well. She was even featured in the famous #LikeAGirl campaign! She is truly an icon.
This professional snowboarder hails from the Land Down Under. As a matter of fact, Torah Bright is the most successful Australian Winter Olympian. She has an aggressive riding style that has helped her become one of the most famous people in the sport. In the past, she has brought home a number of awards, medals, and accolades. With that many accomplishments to her name, we find it hard to imagine that she has a lot of free time. When she is not busy impressing us with incredible tricks, she is out here shocking us with her good looks and modeling skills.
If you ask us, Becky Lynch is among the most charming wrestlers to ever appear in WWE. Born and raised in Ireland, we adore her for her good looks, lovely accent, and skills in the ring. Is it really a surprise that she has become so popular? The red-headed beauty is now signed to the Raw brand of the promotion, but she went on maternity leave in 2020. Did you know that she also acts? She actually earned an acting degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Aside from that, she also went to the Gaiety School of Acting and Columbia College Chicago.
It is more than fair to say that Candace Parker has made a name for herself in the world of basketball. For one thing, she was the first overall pick at the WNBA Draft in 2008. Standing at a height of six feet and four inches, she has led the Los Angeles Sparks to a number of titles. With all those awards and accolades to her name, she is going to be a household name for a very long time. When she is not busy on the paint, she works as the studio analyst for both CBS and TNT.
The blonde beauty in this photo is none other than Nastia Liukin. The former artistic gymnast has bagged a number of awards and accolades in the past. Among others, she was the All-around champion at the 2008 Olympics. The five-time Olympic medalist, she was the world champion on the balance beam in 2005 and 2007, as well as the uneven bars world champion in 2005. In 2012, she decided that it was time to bow out. She has since kept herself busy with both TV work and the Nastia Liukin Cup. The latter is a yearly gymnastics competition that she hosts. It is held in the United States.
We have another Washington native on our list. Hope Solo made it big as a soccer player. The gorgeous woman had been the goalie for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 all the way to 2016. Over the course of her career, she won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title. She is now considered one of the greatest female goalies in the world! We are sure that her name will never be forgotten. After her impressive showing at the World Cup in 2011, she went on to pose for a number of magazines. Aside from that, the athlete also joined Dancing with the Stars!
To be honest with you, it is hard not to be at least a little in love with Gina Carano. At any rate, she kicked off her career as a Muay Thai practitioner and later went into mixed martial arts instead. This was how she became known as the face of women’s MMA. After retiring from competition, she kept herself busy with modeling and acting jobs. In 2008, she was given the fifth spot on the “Top 10 Influential Women” list. She has since been featured on the pages of both Maxim and ESPN: The Magazine.
A California girl, Anastasia Ashley started to surf at the tender age of five. Her family moved to Hawaii not long after that. When she was six years old, she won a surf contest by using a run-down board she discovered in the junk outside their house. The year after that, she found a sponsor who helped her get a new board! That said, it is not hard to see that she has always been bursting with talent. Now in her thirties, she has achieved a lot of things both as a pro surfer and a model. We are not shocked by this!
This Belizean-American artistic gymnast has become a household name by now. Simone Biles is still young, but she is now the most decorated gymnast to come from the United States. Not only that, but she is also the third most decorated one in the world! There are people who call her the “greatest gymnast ever.” Even though she has thirty World Championship and Olympic medals, she still works outside of sports. For one thing, the athlete has endorsements with Nike and a few other huge brands.
A pro tennis player, Sloane Stephens showed us that she had incredible talent at the Australian Open in 2013. She surprised everyone by defeating Serena Williams during that competition. She has since won a number of awards like the WTA Comeback Player of the Year. She is represented by TLA Worldwide and has worked with a few big bands in the past. Among others, she has worked with Nike, American Express, and Under Armour. She has already cemented herself as an amazing athlete and model!
This Haitian-Japanese talented pro tennis player has reached the No.1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association. Not many people can say the same thing! Did you know that Naomi Osaka became the first Asian player to have the highest ranking in the tennis singles category? What an icon. Aside from that, people have also noticed how beautiful she is. In the past, she has worked with big brands like carmaker Nissan and cosmetics line Shisheido. She is still young, so her list of awards will only grow longer!
You are looking at Lisa Leslie, an American former pro basketball player. She is now a head coach in the BIG3 professional basketball league. She has brought home various awards and accolades in the past. This is why we are not surprised to hear that she has since been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Aside from her sports career, she has worked in media and fashion too. She has been on TV and appeared in Newsweek and Vogue.
This athletic legend is a retired pro soccer player who bagged two Olympic gold medals and two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles in the past. Mia Hamm was an international player who worked with many big brands. Among other things, she endorsed Nike, Pepsi, Gatorade, Nabisco, and Dreyer’s Ice Cream. If she had not shown us what she is made of on the field, she could have gone into modeling instead. With her striking good looks, it must be easy. She has also graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, People, and Time before, so she already has some practice.
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the gold-winning teams at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and is known as the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion. Her incredible achievements and striking beauty have taken her career off the mat and into media and film. An author and star of her own reality TV series, Gabby doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Pro badminton player Pusaria Venkata Sindhu made her debut on the global stage in 2009. Three years later, the Indian athlete had only been 17 years old when she made it to the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking. She has since won a number of super series titles. Apart from her athletic prowess, it is also worth talking about her beauty! She has landed endorsement gigs with brands like Gatorade, JBL, and Panasonic because of it. She has also made it to a Forbes list about the highest-paid female athletes.
American pro basketball player Maya Moore plays for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA. With her hard work and athletic prowess, Sports Illustrated dubbed her the Performer of the Year in 2017. She has a number of championships and awards to her name. We are glad to see that she has used her platform to advocate for reforms in the criminal justice system as well. Her beauty is simply the cherry on top.
This American pro boxer has a number of world championships under her belt. Claressa Sheilds has brought home gold medals in the 2012 and the 2016 Olympic games. She is one of seven boxers to hold the four major world boxing titles at the same time. On top of her impressive boxing career, she has also appeared in a documentary in the past. She continues to find both advertisement and acting works.
Her athletic prowess is known across the globe. Allyson Michelle Felix is a track and field sprinter from the United States. She has bagged awards in the 100, 200, and 400-meter categories. In 2017, she got recognition as the most decorated athlete in the history of the World Athletics Championships. Overall, she has a total of eighteen career medals to her name. She is not just successful, talented, and revered, but she happens to be gorgeous as well. We are sure that she can make it big in modeling if she wants.
It is not rare for professional swimmers to be recognized for their figure. Simone Ashley Manuel is not an exception to the rule. The American competitive swimmer competes in the sprint freestyle category. In the 2016 Olympics, her hard work and talent fetched her two silver and two gold medals. In 2018, she turned pro, but this is only the beginning of her career. She has signed a contract with an American sportswear company called TYR Sport, Inc. We are sure that success will follow her wherever she goes.
We are sure that you are familiar with Venus, the older sister of Serena Williams. It would be a complete disservice to ignore her athletic achievements. At the age of seven, she found out that she had a lot of potential in tennis. On three different occasions, the Women’s Tennis Association ranked her No. 1. She is truly a force to be reckoned with! Aside from her athletic prowess, she also has two degrees: one in fashion design and another in business administration. Well, we can definitely see that. She has always served us iconic looks in and off the court. It does not look like she is planning to slow down soon!
This American sprinter and hurdler went to the University of Kentucky. In 2018, she set a new record for the NCAA and college in the 400-meter hurdles. After she graduated, she went pro and then earned a silver medal in the same category at the World Championships in 2019. She hails from an athletic family, with both of her parents having been competitive runners. On top of inheriting those genes from them, we are sure that she is grateful that they passed on their good looks as well.
Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage
Australian pro basketball player Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage currently plays for the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. Among other things, she blew us away with her 53-point performance in a game against the New York Liberty. It is the current single-game scoring record in the WNBA. She stands at six feet and five inches tall. Reports say that she was often mocked for her height in her youth. We are sure that this is no longer the case. After all, her height has helped her achieve all of her records and awards.
You are looking at the daughter of Muhammad Ali, but Laila is an excellent athlete in her own right. She is a pro boxer who was active in the ring from 1999 to 2007. By the time she hung up her gloves, she was undefeated. This powerhouse has been featured in a number of magazines like Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and People. It is hard to deny just how beautiful she is.
John Force was a 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion. His youngest daughter is none other than Courtney Force, who took after him. She became a drag racer and worked hard to succeed in her own right. Over the course of her career, she also appeared on TV. Among other things, she appeared with her family on an A&E reality show called Driving Force. In 2015, she got married to a fellow racer called Graham Rahal. In November 2020, they announced that they were expecting their first child. Even though she has retired in 2019, we are sure that she has been keeping herself busy.
This retired tennis player hails from Slovakia. After she turned pro, Daniela Hantuchová got her big break in 2002. That was the year in which she won at the WTA tournament for the first time. This was the first of various accomplishments over the course of her career. Even though she made a name for herself as an athlete, she posed for magazines like ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue” and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She has been noticed for her good looks as well. While many people agree that she is gorgeous, she does not really agree. According to her, modeling is “just fun to do from time to time.”
Not only did Crystal Alyssia Dunn Soubrier make a name for herself as a soccer player, but fans noticed her beauty as well. She is active in the National Woman’s Soccer League. The North Carolina Courage player became the youngest person to win both the Golden Boot and the NWSL Most Valuable Player award in 2015. She has truly achieved a lot of things over the course of her career. We are sure that no one will ever forget her name. If she decides to go into modeling, we are sure that she will also do well.
Brie And Nikki Bella
These identical twins make up a pro wrestling tag team in WWE. Brie and Nikki Bella both used to be Divas Champions. Brie held the title once, while her sister held it twice. Even though they have since retired from the ring, they remain in the spotlight. They are now enjoying motherhood, but they have been busy with their modeling work as well. They also run a beauty line called Nicole + Brizee.
Hailing from Hawaii, Alana Blanchard is a talented pro surfer who has participated in the ASP World Tour in the past. Not only does she ride waves, but she also designs swimwear for Rip Curl. If the brand is not familiar to you, it is a line of surfing wetsuits. With naturally beachy hair and gorgeous facial features, we are not shocked to hear that she does modeling work on top of her sports career. Aside from that, she keeps herself busy by raising a son with her fiancé, Jack Freestone. He is a pro-surfer himself!
While she is still young, it is hard to deny that this German sprinter and hurdler has taken the world by storm. Alica Schmidt has become known for both her looks and talent. She has represented the United States at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and then the London Olympics in 2012. She has participated at the World Championships in Athletics in 2005, 2007, and 2011 as well. When she is not on the track, she models. This is not really shocking as she is one of the most gorgeous athletes out there.
Can you believe just how lovely Alex Morgan is? She is an American soccer player who is currently playing for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League. This is the highest division of women’s soccer in the country! She has also helped the United States bring home the FIFA Women’s World Cup title in both 2015 and 2019. Aside from her sports achievements, she has also seen success as a model. She has appeared in Vogue, Time, Elle, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the past.
Here is a powerhouse who has earned the attention of the world with her good looks and amazing talents. Caroline Wozniacki is originally from Denmark. The former pro tennis player climbed to the No. 1 spot in singles and then the 20th pace in the Open Era. She is also the first Scandinavian woman to achieve the top position! It is important to note that she managed to do all of these things even though she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018. She is a true inspiration to us all. After she retired in 2019, she got married to former NBA player David Lee.
Soo Yeon Lee
Just so you know, table tennis or ping-pong is also a professional sport. You are looking at Soo Yeon Lee, a former player from South Korea who took the world by storm with her drive and technique. She started to play the sport when she was still very young. She received extensive training from an Olympic gold medalist! Even though she has since stepped away from the racket, she is now working as a model, actress, and coach. You might have even seen her in campaigns for big brands like Red Bull, Adidas, Nike, Target, and K-Swiss.