35+ Beautiful Female Athletes Who Could Be Models Effortlessly

Published on 02/11/2021
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There is no doubt that these women would be as good or perhaps even as great as models if they did not enter the world of sports. To read about these iconic powerhouses, continue scrolling…

Natalie Coughlin

A competitive swimmer, Natalie Coughlin is a 12-time Olympic medalist. As a result, she has won the World Swimmer of the Year Award twice and the American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. Coughlin has written a book and modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in addition to appearing on TV and as a speaker for the C20 Coconut Water program, which does not come as much of a shock considering her impressive talent and radiant beauty.

Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin

Blair O’Neal

The ever-so stunning, Blair O’Neal has been playing golf since she was just 11 years old. At the age of 13, Blair began playing for the American Junior Golf Association, and only from there did her career expand. O’Neal began to play professionally after four years of college golf at Arizona State University, all while building a modeling career.

Blair O’Neal

Blair O’Neal

Kim Glass

Kim Glass, a star of indoor volleyball who joined the United States national team in May 2007. Glass made her first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics the following year, helping Team USA to a silver medal. Glass has also dabbled in modeling, in addition to being a champion in her particular sport. While at college, Kim was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and auditioned five times for America’s Next Top Model.

Kim Glass

Kim Glass

Silje Norendal

Silje Norendal, a Norwegian professional snowboarder, competes in the Slopestyle competition. There is no doubt that Norendal has so far accomplished a great deal in her whole career. In 2013, at the Tignes Winter X Games in Europe, she not only won gold, but Norendal also finished fourth at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.

Silje Norendal

Silje Norendal

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn is a former U.S. World Cup alpine ski racer for the United States. Ski Team. Vonn continued to have a very successful career after skiing at the age of two, winning multiple championships and Olympic gold medals. While Vonn retired in 2019, for her insane talent and striking beauty, she is always remembered. Vonn has designed numerous magazines over the years, including the 2010 and 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Maxim.

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

Ana Ivanović

Ana Ivanović is yet another star that has dominated the tennis world. In 2003, Ana started competing professionally before retiring in 2016. Ana won several singles titles during her career and was even ranked No. 1 in 2008. Ana hasn’t slowed down, despite her retirement. Ana has modeled for many other magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Bella, and Vanity Fair.

Ana Ivanović

Ana Ivanović

Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt’s retirement from figure skating did not mean that her name, as she continues to work in film and TV, was forgotten. In any case, after winning two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, she rose to stardom. She is both a four-time world champion and a two-time silver medalist in the world. The fact that she won the gymnastics championship speaks volumes about her talent and beauty.

Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt

Gabrielle Reece

As a professional volleyball player and as a sports announcer, fashion model, and actress, Gabrielle Reece has made a name for herself. Reece moved to New York City to pursue a parallel profession as a sports fashion model after playing college-level volleyball for Florida State University on a scholarship while continuing her pro volleyball career. Again, we can’t say that it surprises us as much as it looks natural in front of the camera, not to mention its unbelievably beautiful look.

Gabrielle Reece

Gabrielle Reece

Danica Patrick

In the history of American open-wheel racing, Danica Patrick was the most successful woman. Prior to retiring, the racecar driver was dominant in her sport. Her 2008 win in the Indy Japan 300 was the only IndyCar Series win by a woman. Patrick, a widely recognized athlete, has become an icon of pop culture through her talent and her looks. Not only did she work in film and TV, she was also a cover model for magazines such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, and ESPN: The Magazine.

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh, a professional beach volleyball player, is another powerhouse. Kerri has impressed fans throughout her career by becoming a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. No wonder Kerri went on to do TV and modeling work as well, appearing in the ESPN: The “Body Issue” magazine, with pictures taken both before and after the birth of her third child, given that she is so beautiful.

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh

Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch is a professional former softballer. She became a college All-American and a medal-winning Olympian during her career, and a two-time pro-All-Star. With this being said, there is no denying that this blue-eyed beauty in her respective sport was an unstoppable force, so much so that she was described by Time magazine as the most famous softball player in history.

Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch

Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova is one of the 50 Most Beautiful People of the People magazine and has already won several WTA Championships and Grand Slam. Although her career was short due to serious back and spinal problems, Kournikova is still a household name.

Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova

Amanda Beard

A seven-time professional swimmer and Olympic medalist, Ashley Beard first rose to fame. Unsurprisingly, for her success, she has received the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. Beard came out of retirement in 2010 after a brief hiatus and placed second at the National Championships that year in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard

Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus is a fitness master, a model of fitness, professional wrestler, actress, and personality of television. Trish was interested in wrestling throughout her childhood, but it was not until after pursuing a modeling career that she was noticed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Then, in November 1999, a multi-year contract with the firm was signed by the Canadian superstar.

Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus

Maria Sharapova

Before her retirement in February 2020, Maria Sharapova had an extremely fruitful career, winning a medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Maria was known for her work in various magazines, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and making a name for herself in athletics. In several ads for brands like Nike, she also appeared and was the face of several fashion houses.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey, who won Olympic judo medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist, often referred to by her nickname “Rowdy,” It was not until 2018 that Rousey began a professional wrestling career, signing a WWE contract. Aside from whooping butt in the ring, as both an actress, author, and model, Rousey has also enjoyed success.

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Serena Williams

The minute she turned professional in 1995, Serena Williams stole our hearts. While we could sit here all day telling you guys all that Serena’s been doing, we’re pretty sure you know that already. Serena is a force to be reckoned with in any event and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. This goddess also enjoys her fair share of television and modeling work, aside from dominating tennis courts worldwide.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman, the captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, is a retired gymnast and two-time Olympian who, after becoming the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor exercise silver medalist, made waves in the athletic world. Raisman has stunned fans with her poise and grace, aside from her unstoppable talent.

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman

Lolo Jones

Not only because of her immense talent, but also because of her exotic looks, Lolo Jones has gained public attention over the years. Jones, an American hurdler and bobsled, won three NCAA titles, and 11 All-American honors were won while attending Louisiana State University. In addition to essentially ruling in her respective sport, for magazines including ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue,” as well as Outside’s cover, Jones has also done modeling work.

Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones

Michelle Wie

When she was only 10 years old, Michelle Wie, a professional golfer, began playing. She became the youngest player to qualify for an amateur USGA championship at that stage. Beyond that, Wie was also the youngest winner in the United States. Women’s and the youngest Amateur Public Links to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. In 2005, shortly before her 16th birthday, Michelle finally took her career to a professional level, accompanied by an enormous amount of publicity and endorsements, unsurprisingly.

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie ‘Genie’ Bouchard is a professional tennis player who has certainly made quite a name for herself in the last few years. In fact, Bouchard was the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Bouchard has also been noticed for her effortless beauty, apart from these accomplishments, including awards.

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate is an American pundit of mixed martial arts and a former mixed martial artist. Actually, her fighting method has only earned her praise from various peers and media outlets. However, Tate has designed different websites and publications outside of MMA and the UFC, including ESPN: The Magazine and Fitness Gurls. Since her retirement, Tate has become the VP of the Singapore-based mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion for the ONE Championship.

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate

Skylar Diggins

Skylar Diggins, a beauty queen, is a professional basketball player from the National Women’s Basketball Association Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). Diggins immediately became famous with her fierce talent after the third Tulsa Shock was drafted in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She has been named a WNBA All-Star four times and was named a WNBA Most Improved Player in 2014.

Skylar Diggins

Skylar Diggins

Hilary Knight

Undoubtedly, among the strongest people in the sport is Hilary Knight, an American Olympian, and a professional ice hockey player. She is currently a forward with the PWHPA-Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association and the National Women’s Ice Hockey Team of the United States. Knight also models and is involved in the well-known #LikeAGirl campaign, aside from shredding ice, making her the ultimate role model for girls worldwide.

Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight

Torah Bright

Torah Bright, who hails all the way from the country below, is an expert snowboarder and the most successful Australian Winter Olympian. Bright has easily become one of the sport’s major names with her aggressive riding style and amplitude. She has gone on to win different medals, awards, and accolades throughout the years. It’s hard to imagine Bright still having time for anything else with so many achievements under her belt!

Torah Bright

Torah Bright

Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch is perhaps one of the most charming people to grace WWE ever. No wonder that Becky is loved by many, with her adorable accent, powerful skills, and beautiful appearance. She was on maternity leave as of May 2020, even though the red-headed beauty is currently signed to WWE on the Raw brand. In acting, aside from wrestling, Lynch also dabbles. Not only did she graduate from the Dublin Institute of Technology with an acting degree, but she also attended Chicago’s Columbia College and the Gaiety School of Acting.

Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch

Candace Parker

Candace Parker definitely established herself in the world of basketball as a whole, not just in women’s basketball. This six-foot-four-inch goddess helped the Los Angeles Sparks gain several titles after she received the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. With several awards and accolades under her belt, Parker will be a household name forever.

Candace Parker

Candace Parker

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin is the name of this blonde-haired beauty, a former artistic gymnast. Nastia has won several awards and honors during her gymnastic career, including the 2008 All-Around Olympic Champion. She was also a five-time Olympic medalist, the 2005 and 2007 World Balance Beam Champion, and the 2005 World Uneven Bar Champion.

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin

Hope Solo

Hope Solo, a former soccer player is another native of Washington. Between 2000 and 2016, she became a world cup champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist as the goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Since she is considered one of the world’s top female goalkeepers, we think it is safe to say that Solo is never to be forgotten.

Hope Solo

Hope Solo

Gina Carano

Honestly, perhaps we’re in love with Gina Carano. In any case, Carano started her career in the Muay Thai sport, where she became a female MMA face, even though it was not long before she switched to mixed martial arts. Carano decided to keep busy with acting and modeling work after she retired from competition. Carano was featured in fifth place in ESPN: The Magazine and Maxim in a list of ‘Top 10 Influential Women’ of 2008.

Gina Carano

Gina Carano

Anastasia Ashley

At the age of five, right before moving to Hawaii, Anastasia Ashley began surfing. Ashley had won a surfing contest by the time she turned six, using a run-down board she found right outside of her house in the trash. Ashley ultimately picked up a sponsor a year after that, which would replace her board with new ones. Ashley has accomplished a great deal as a professional surfer and a model that takes into account her flawless looks and doesn’t shock us.

Anastasia Ashley

Anastasia Ashley

Simone Biles

A famous figure at this point is Simone Biles, an artistic Belizean-American gymnast. With thirty Olympic and World Championship medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast and the world’s third most decorated. Having been referred to by many as the ‘biggest gymnast ever,’ Simone continues to work outside of sports in other industries. Nike and other big brands endorse her, and it is clear that her beauty is just the cherry on top of a wildly successful career.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player whose undeniable talent at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams, was recognized internationally. She has won multiple awards, including the WTA Comeback Player of the Year award. Throughout her career, represented by TLA Worldwide, Sloane has been the face of several big brands, including Under Armour, Nike, and American Express.

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is an award-winning professional tennis player from Haiti and Japan who was successfully ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Osaka has become known as the ‘first’ of many athletic efforts as the first-ever Asian player to hold the highest tennis singles ranking. Her beauty has not gone unnoticed either, as Naomi is endorsed by several major brands, such as Nissan and Shiseido, a world-renowned cosmetics company.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie is a former American professional basketball player currently serving in the BIG3 professional basketball league as the head coach. It is no wonder she was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, with a long career full of numerous accomplishments and awards. Lisa has also secured a notable reputation in fashion and media, with several roles on TV and numerous appearances in Vogue and Newsweek, in addition to her incredible sports history.

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm, considered an icon in the soccer world, is a retired professional player who became a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time FIFA Women’s World Champion during her career. If she had not been a star on the field, Hamm might have done extremely well as a model, considering her striking appearance and experience posing for magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Time, and People.

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm

Gabby Douglas

Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas, from the United States, is an artistic gymnast. At both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, she was a member of the gold-winning teams and is known as the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion. Her amazing successes and her striking beauty took her career off the mat and into the film and media.

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

P.V. Sindhu

Pusaria Venkata Sindhu made her international debut in 2009 and is an Indian professional badminton player. She rose in 2012 to the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings at just 17 years of age. She has won various Super Series titles since that time. With her various brand endorsements, such as those with JBL, Gatorade, and Panasonic, she is not only athletically talented, but her beauty has made waves in the sports industry as well.

P.V. Sindhu

P.V. Sindhu

Maya Moore

A professional basketball player from America, Maya Moore is a member of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx. In 2017, her athletic talent and hard work resulted in her being named Sports Illustrated’s inaugural Performer of the Year. Maya now continues to use her platform for criminal justice reform, in addition to numerous awards and championships won.

Maya Moore

Maya Moore

Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields has multiple world championships as an American professional boxer. In both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, she won gold medals and remained one of only seven boxers, male or female, to hold all four major world boxing titles simultaneously. Claressa has been the star of a documentary, in addition to her remarkable boxing career, and continues to find acting work in films and advertisements.

Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields

Allyson Felix

Allyson Michelle Felix is a globally-recognized athlete. She is an American track and field sprinter who in all of her events has won awards: 100, 200, and 400-meter. And in 2017, with 18 career medals, she was recognized as the most decorated athlete in World Athletics Championships history. Allyson is not only a talented, successful, and revered athlete, but she is also undeniably pretty.

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Simone Manuel

For their physique, professional swimmers are often recognized, and Simone Ashley Manuel is no exception to that. She’s a competitive swimmer from America who specializes in freestyle sprints. Her talent and hard work gained her two gold and two silver medals in the 2016 Olympics. She has also signed with TYR Sport, Inc., an American swimwear and triathlon apparel manufacturer, and will certainly find further success as both an athlete and a model.

Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel

Venus Williams

For her many athletic achievements, Venus Williams, Serena’s older sister, deserves her flowers. At the age of seven, she was discovered to have a great tennis talent and then used it. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked Venus as #1 on three separate occasions. Venus also holds a degree in business administration and fashion design.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Sydney McLaughlin

An American hurdler and sprinter is Sydney McLaughlin, renowned for her time at the University of Kentucky before winning the 2019 World Championships with a 400-meter hurdles silver medal. She broke the college and NCAA records for the same event in 2018. She turned professional later that year. With both mom and dad having a history of competitive running, Sydney comes from an athletic family.

Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney McLaughlin

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Liz Cambage is currently playing for the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA as a professional basketball player. One of her many contributions to the sports world is her current WNBA single-game scoring record, her 53-point performance in a game against the New York Liberty. Her growing height, standing tall at six-foot-five-inches, has been reported to have teased her. But now, it’s clear who came out on top with records and multiple achievements to her name, including a memorable slam dunk at the Olympic Games.

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Laila Ali

The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila is a former professional boxer who competed before retiring undefeated from 1999 to 2007. She not only has an undeniable presence, but she is gorgeous as well. In various magazines such as Sports Illustrated, People, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, among many more, the powerhouse has also appeared.

Laila Ali

Laila Ali

Courtney Force

Courtney Force, the youngest daughter of 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion John Force, is not your average woman. The blonde-haired beauty worked hard to become a household name after following her father’s steps and becoming a drag racer. During her career, the force also operated on television, including A&E’s reality show, Driving Force, with her family.

Courtney Force

Courtney Force

Daniela Hantuchová

Daniela Hantuchová is a retired Slovakian tennis player. Daniela made her breakthrough in 2002 after becoming a professional, when she won her first WTA tournament, and that was the first of many successes to come during her 18-year career. While Daniela made a name for herself as a tennis star of world renown, she also modeled for magazines such as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue.”

Daniela Hantuchová

Daniela Hantuchová

Crystal Dunn

Crystal Alyssia Dunn Soubrier is a wildly talented and strikingly gorgeous American soccer player. She plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She was the youngest player to win both the Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot awards for the NWSL in 2015. It is safe to assume that she will be in the game for a long time, with numerous sporting successes since she first began playing.

Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn

Brie & Nikki Bella

The WWE Twin Teams and the Professional Wrestling Teams are the same as Nikki and Brie Bella. With Nikki holding the title twice and Brie once, the Bella Twins are both former Divas champions. Nikki and Brie are still very much in the spotlight, even though they are now retired from wrestling. Apart from enjoying a motherhood life, Nikki and Bella have their hands full of modeling work and running their own beauty line, Nicole + Brizee.

Brie & Nikki Bella

Brie & Nikki Bella

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