Amazing female athletes stun the world with their drive, focus, and dedication to their sports. People are used to seeing their competing skills but it’s still rare to see these strong ladies in clothes that are not athletic gear. Here are some instances of female athletes stealing the red carpet.
1. Maria Sharapova
No one can turn their eyes off tennis legend Maria Sharapova in this Grecian inspired dress on the red carpet of the ESPYS awards.
2. Jennie Finch
Softball star Jennie Finch is famous for pitching for the Arizona Wildcats and playing for the US national softball team. This professional softball player also dazzles the world on the ESPYS red carpet in this stunning dress.
3. Paige Spiranac
Despite only being in her 20’s, Paige Spiranac is an accomplished golfer as well as a social media personality with nearly 2 million followers!
4. Caroline Wozniacki
No one can doubt Caroline Wozniacki is a talented tennis player, as is evident by her top ranking in women’s tennis. She also looks gorgeous on the red carpet, as not many could pull off standing out in a classic red dress while strutting on the carpet of the same color.
5. Anastasia Yankova
Mixed martial arts fighter Anastasia Yankova is a force to be reckoned with. She competes in the Bellator Fighting Championships and has quickly made her name as an accomplished flyweight fighter. Don’t mess with Anastasia!
6. Candace Parker
Basketball player Candace Parker is the younger sister of NBA player Anthony Parker, but she is an accomplished player herself, too. Among her many accolades, she has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year twice in her youth.
7. Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin made herself a household name during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games when she won the individual all-around gold medal. She also stuns off the gym mat as we can see from her look at the ESPYS awards.
8. Anastasia Ashley
Anastasia Ashley is a professional surfer who shows her talent very early. At age 6, she won a surfing competition with a surfboard she found in a trash can. By the age of 16, she already brought home her first major national title. She also looks amazing away from the waves, like at the ESPYS Awards red carpet.
9. Barbara Blank
Perhaps better known by her ring name Kelly Kelly, Blank is quite a talented woman. Besides being a professional wrestler, she is a model, actress, and also a reality TV personality. While she spent the majority of her career as a WWE fighter, her attention has shifted towards television more recently.
10. Anna Kournikova
Tennis star Anna Kournikova once had a successful and promising career, but sadly a serious back injury forced her to retire at age 21. However, she did not stay away from the spotlight and has made television appearances such as hosting The Biggest Loser. Kournikova always “wows” on the red carpet, too.
11. Urszula Radwanska
Polish tennis star Urszula Radwanska is quite the talented player. She has brought home four singles and ten doubles titles while on the ITF Women’s Circuit and has won one doubles title on the WTA Tour. Sadly, she has suffered from several very serious injuries. However, besides her tennis career, she has also started a luxury handbag business.
12. Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate is a retired mixed martial arts star who made quite a name for herself in the industry before retirement. She became famous when she won the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
13. Laila Ali
Laila Ali grew up with boxing in her family, which is totally understandable when your father was Muhammad Ali. She naturally followed in her father’s footsteps and made him proud. She had an undefeated record when she retired from the ring herself.
14. Silje Norendal
Silje Norendal is quite the successful snowboarder. She has participated in both the Winter Olympics and the Winter X Games, representing her country, Norway. She clearly shines not just on a snowboard but also on the red carpet.
15. Camila Giorgi
Italian tennis star Camila Giorgi is famous for her 2012 Wimbledon Championship, when it was only her second appearance in the championship game.
16. Carmen Jorda
This Spanish belle is a former race car driver who drove for Renault Sport Formula One and Lotus teams. She became the eleventh woman ever to join the Formula One’s team driver line-up.
17. Angela Ruch
Angela Ruch is a NASCAR driver. She and her twin sister Amber are famous for being the first twins to race as a part of the NASCAR top three series. They stayed in the family business, as they’re the nieces of Derrike Cope, a racing star famous for winning the Daytona 500.
18. Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin made herself a household name during the 2014 Winter Olympics. She broke several records when she became the youngest slalom champion in Olympics history. She is also a successful alpine skier. What an impressive athlete!
19. Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick is arguably one of the most famous NASCAR women. She is one of the most successful drivers and has had a stunning career until her retirement in 2018. She is now a host of a podcast called “Pretty Intense Podcast” and also films health and fitness inspirational videos.
20. McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney was a member of the famous U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team that made Olympic history. McKayla is perhaps most famous for her “not impressed” face when she was awarded the silver medal after making a mistake in her routine, costing her the gold. She has since retired from gymnastics and started a career in music.
21. Simone Biles
Simone Biles became famous when she was only 19 years old, as a part of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. She is still constantly making headlines, as she is always breaking new records and having new moves named after her. What a queen!
22. Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer is a legend in women’s golf. She has won 12 tournaments, including 10 LPGA Tour events. Besides, she was ranked the second-best in the world and won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2012. Truly an impressive feat!
23. Ellen Hoog
Dutch athlete Ellen Hoog a skilled field hockey player. She has brought home several Olympic medals, including gold in 2008 and 2012 as well as silver in 2016.
24. Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas is also a member of the famous U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, through which she has won three gold Olympic medals. When she’s not competing, she took part in many charities and has become a reality TV personality.
25. Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is a champion bobsledder, which is a very tough sport. She is also a hurdler, for which she brought home a gold medal in the 2008 World Athletics Final and holds the record in the 60-meter hurdles. As a bobsledder, she was a part of the U.S. team in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
26. Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan is the forward for the Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League and also the United States national team. In 2015, Time officially named her as the highest-paid American women’s soccer player. Keep it up, Morgan!
27. Chelsea Pezzola
Chelsea Pezzola is just 27 years old but has already made quite the name for herself in the world of golf. The Florida native is famous for finishing the LPGA Stage One Q-School after graduating from the University of Michigan.
28. Gina Carano
Gina Carano has had quite a successful career. She builds her name as a mixed martial artist, actress, fitness model, and also a TV personality! H She has also starred in American Gladiators and also films like Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, and Deadpool.
29. The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie Bella, are famous for being part of the WWE’s Divas Champions. Back in November 2015, Nikki was ranked #1 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s list of Female 50. The two has retired from WWE now.
30. Becky Lynch
Irish professional wrestler Becky Lynch is famous for being signed to the WWE in the Raw division, where she holds the current title of Raw Women’s Champion. She has been a professional wrestler since 2002 and has since become a four time women’s WWE champion.
31. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey first became famous for being a professional wrestler but has since became a household name for branching out into acting as well. She has also previously took part in mixed martial arts as well as judo. She became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze.
32. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is a legendary tennis star who was once ranked #1 in the world. She holds the record for most major singles title, having won 23, which is more than any other athlete in the Open Era. She was the highest paid female athlete in 2016, earning $29 million.
33. Hope Solo
Hope Solo is a retired soccer goalkeeper who played for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 until 2016. Considered to be one of the best female goalkeepers in the world, she has won two Olympic gold medals and also is a World Cup champion.
34. Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber is a German tennis player. She has won three Grand Slam tournaments and was once ranked #1. As of September 2019, She is ranked #13 in the world
35. Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens is a professional tennis player. In 2018, she was ranked #3 in the world after Wimbledon. She is currently ranked the top 20 by the WTA. She was the champion of the 2017 US Open, and has accumulated six singles titles total.