There are many misconceptions revolving around athletes. Aside from the dumb jock stereotype, some people automatically think that female athletes are less feminine than your average woman. The images you are about to see will show you just how wrong that mode of thinking is. These red carpet photos of lovely sportswomen will prove that they can be every bit as womanly as everyone else. Take a look at just how beautiful these female athletes are when they get all dressed up for a fancy event. Beauty, brains, and brawn are not mutually exclusive, you know.
It has been quite some time since the ESPY Awards of 2011, but we doubt anyone can forget just how gorgeous tennis icon Maria Sharapova looked during the event. We adore the memorable and avant-garde dress that she wore that night.
She donned a casual but sophisticated frilly skirt with gold embellishments that screamed of class but showed off those toned legs at the same time. Aside from making it big in the world of sports, she now runs Sugarpova, her very own candy company.
Jennie Finch is a true-blue California girl, but people noticed her when she made a name for herself as a pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats. She was also on the American national softball team.
This pro softballer excelled at the levels she competed in. Aside from that, she is also one of the most gorgeous athletes we have seen in recent memory. This tight blue dress is not something every person in the world can pull off. However, we are sure you will agree with us when we say that she looks amazing in it.
Paige Spiranac attracted a lot of attention for her drop-dead gorgeous looks, although fans are doing her a disservice if they fail to praise just how good she is on the golf course. This female athlete truly knows how to whack a golf ball into the sky!
Like the other women on the list, she has gone on to show that women can be great athletes as well. We all know that golf is not the most famous sport out there, although we bet that will no longer be the case if we saw more golfers like her.
Up next, we have yet another tennis superstar. The Danish athlete Caroline Wozniacki is not a stranger to the higher rankings of the women’s world tennis championships. She looks amazing on the red carpet as well!
In the photo, she chose a red ensemble with a flattering cut. The front slit and vivid color truly bring out her coloring. At any rate, we will have you know that she looks amazing when she slays on the court as well. We hope to see more of this talented lady in the future.
There are many athletes that you should not trifle with, and we think Anastasia Yankova is on that list. This mixed martial arts fighter is a participant in the Bellator Fighting Championships. She happens to be one of the most talented flyweight fighters the world has ever seen.
We adore the black dress she donned for this event because it shows off the toned body that she has trained so hard for over the years. This is definitely not the last time you will see her on the red carpet!
For the Parkers, basketball is basically a family business! Candace Parker is none other than the younger sibling of the former NBA baller Anthony Parker. Mind you, she is a great basketball player as well. You were very wrong if you thought that athletes cannot be this beautiful.
She excelled in both the college and professional levels with a number of accolades to her name. In the past, she took home the Gatorade National Girls Basketball award for Player of the Year on two different occasions. The black jumpsuit looks amazing on her, don’t you think?
Nastia Liukin got a lot of attention during the 2008 Summer Olympics. During the games, she won the individual all-around gold medal! Aside from showing off her skills on the mats, she has also stunned people during the times she appeared on the red carpet.
The photo below was taken during the 2014 ESPY Awards. She sure looks great in that low-cut white top and leather skirt. This is not a look that most people can pull off, but it looks fantastic on her.
When you think of sports, not many people will immediately think of surfing. However, you might change your mind when you learn just how many beautiful and talented female surfers there are. Anastasia Ashley is one such athlete.
She turned a lot of heads during the ESPYs when she wore this bright yellow number. The dress is both flashy and functional, on top of the fact that it looks like it was made for her. We bet you feel motivated to grab a surfboard and hit the waves now.
Although men dominated the WWE, there was never a lack for beautiful women either. Professional wrestling is not technically a sport, but we think that Barbara Blank AKA Kelly Kelly deserves to be on this list as well.
We cannot imagine how anyone could form a coherent sentence when standing right in front of someone this beautiful, let alone take part in staged combat with her! Anyway, let us talk some more about this photo. We think that this daring white dress is especially beautiful on her.
Is it just me or are tennis players dominating this list? We bet you are already familiar with the name of this Russian-born sporting icon. Anna Kournikova changed the world of sporting forever when she was still active on the tennis court.
She had been a major sports icon during the height of her career, although some claim that this has more to do with her good looks than her athletic prowess. For what it is worth, she is definitely talented on the tennis court as well. She looks great in this simple brown ensemble.
Surprise, surprise. We have one more tennis player here! Urszula Radwanska peaked at the 29th spot in the world rankings, although she has seen a lot of success over the years. She has doubles titles from both the ITF and WTF tours on top of her four singles wins.
We adore this lacy number on her because it shows off just how beautiful she is! Most ladies know that it takes guts to wear this color because it is too easy to get it all dirty. When you don white, it is very important to keep an eye on the food you eat.
Miesha Tate is a name you probably remember from the past. The one-time fighter retired from the world of mixed martial arts not that long ago. However, she still looks amazing whenever she goes to any event. We are glad to hear that she seems to be doing well.
She is one of those people who has a lot of followers on Instagram. After seeing how great she looked in this coral ensemble, we are not surprised to see why they adore her. Can you believe that she once punched people for a living?
Lolo Jones must be one of the most successful female Olympic athletes in recent history. To make things even better, she has made a name for herself in bobsledding, which is one of the riskiest winter sports. We bet you can tell just how tough she is based on that alone.
To succeed in such a sport, it is very important to remain cool at all times. However, she chose to heat things up when she showed up on the red carpet in this steel blue gown that comes with a jaw-dropping side slit. She looked fantastic!
When you are the daughter of Muhammad Ali, people are going to have certain expectations of you. Laila Ali worked hard to live up to them, which must be why she ended up becoming the most successful female boxer in history. She was undefeated by the time she decided to quit.
She is still in great shape even though she does not train as often as she once did. She sported this mauve number during the ESPY Awards and showed everyone that she still got it. Let us hope to see more of her soon!
Silje Norendal has established herself in the competitive world of sports in the past few years. This talented snowboarder has competed in both the Winter Olympics and the Winter X Games. Of course, she participated in both competitions to represent Norway.
Her icy blue eyes and blonde hair make her the epitome of Norwegian beauty. However, let us talk about the way she looked in this classic white dress now. She sure stood out on the red carpet in her white ensemble. Doesn’t she look like an angel?
Camila Giorgi is an Italian tennis player who looks amazing in this tight lace dress that will truly pique the interest of every single one of us. It did well in showing off her toned figure but looks classy enough to be worn to any event.
She enjoyed a great sports career, but we are sure she can always turn to modeling if she wanted a career change. Even though she is not that active in tennis anymore, we are sure that we will see more of her in the future.
In case you were wondering, race car driver Carmen Jorda hails from Spain. Don’t you think she would look at home in front of the camera as well? After seeing this blonde bombshell, many people probably wanted to see her behind the wheel.
She looked nothing short of stunning when she decided to wear this beige number with golden embellishments. Even though she is an accomplished sportswoman, many have expressed disappointment in the fact that she puts on her helmet over that gorgeous face. Well, we would prefer for her to be safe instead anyway.
Regardless of what you might have to say about Ronda Rousey, we doubt that you will disagree when we say that she looks great. The former UFC champion and professional wrestling standout is making a killing in the world of sports.
This fighter has only gotten bigger and bigger as time passes. She is one fierce competitor who can still turn heads when she dresses up for the red carpet. We like how chic she looked in this classic LBD.
Here is another woman who is not afraid of breaking barriers. Even those who do not keep up with racing have heard of her name. Dana Patrick made a name for herself as the brunette beauty who broke the gender barrier in NASCAR.
Even though some claim she has not won enough times over the years, we daresay that she has become one of the most well-known female athletes thanks to her athletic prowess. Not only is she a great driver, but she is also a stunner!
Even though McKayla Maroney is not exactly the most well-established gymnast of this era, she has become a very famous face. As a matter of fact, her smirk and social media account made her very unforgettable to a lot of people.
She became a meme when she made a “not impressed” face when she learned that she did not bring home the gold medal during the Olympics. She has since moved on from the sport and now works on making a music career for herself. We hope she sees more success there!
Can you believe that Simone Biles became a very famous star at the tender age of 19? Wow. At that age, she was already living up to the incredible amount of pressure people put on her. Meanwhile, we all got up to irresponsible things and skipped school at that age.
At any rate, many were under the impression that she was going to retire. However, it came as a huge relief when we learned that she was planning to make a comeback. We are sure it is hard to let go of something that you grew up with your whole life.
Who would you say was the best female golfer the world has ever seen? We bet you would answer with the name Paula Creamer. She was a sort of pioneer in the golfing world for two reasons: her skills and her looks! As you can see in the photo below, the athlete looks like she was made to be on the red carpet.
We love her stunning curves and million-dollar smile. She is yet one more female athlete that no one will ever forget. That little black dress might be simple, but she looked gorgeous in it.
It is true that field hockey is not big in the United States, although we bet more people will try to change if players like Ellen Hoog get more screen time… After all, this lovely woman of Dutch descent has a great personality to go with her lovely looks.
She does not need to show skin to impress people. In fact, we think that her patterned floor-length dress only adds to her appeal further! If you ask us, she looks just like a princess in the classy number. She looks so pretty in it!
Gabby Douglas seems to have everything you could possibly want. She is not only athletic and intelligent at the same time, but she also happens to be very beautiful. When she was a member of the United States gymnastics squad, she brought home three gold medals.
She has also gone on to work on charity and community causes on top of becoming a reality TV star. We love how iconic she looks in this monochrome crop top and skirt getup. It is a simple look, but it works for her.
Eugenie Bouchard is yet another strong competitor in the world of tennis. On the carpet, however, she looks just as fierce. We like the lacy black minidress she decided to wear to this event. She certainly knows how to pull it off!
However, we have to say that her amazing smile makes us love her even more. These days, it seems like a lot of people take themselves way too seriously. It is very refreshing to see someone like her who prefers to keep it real.
Alex Morgan has shown us what soccer can do to you with this photo. She looks so toned and shaped that we cannot help but feel envious! The miniskirt and cutoff top works really well to show off how hard she works on the field.
She has trained hard over the years, and it shows. Good on her! Currently Alex plays for the Orlando Pride, and is a captain of the US national team. The star’s salary is $450,000 USD. She is able to buy whatever dress she pleases!
Is it just me or does tennis tend to attract a lot of lovely ladies? Since we are talking about female athletes who look great on the red carpet, it is high time that we talk about the lovely Heather Watson. This athlete flashes that “girl next door” smile of hers at the camera.
Consider us captivated! While the green dress is a little too rubbery for most people, it has not diminished the effect of her natural beauty and toned body at all. Those legs look fantastic with the shoes she had been wearing at the time.
When it comes to red carpet beauties, surfing is yet another sport that has multiple entries. It almost feels like you have to be gorgeous if you want to ride the waves! The woman you are looking at is called Sally Fitzgibbons, an Australian-born surfer who has gone on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour in the past.
The dress she was wearing in this photo is literally sparkling! Apparently, she likes to make waves on the red carpet when she is not riding them out in the water. That makes sense. Her beach blond waves also scream “beach girl”.
Here is another proof that surfing has some of the loveliest female athletes out there. This is none other than Alana Blanchard. It is true that she can take on the biggest waves mother nature has to offer, but she is also talented at stealing hearts with a single look.
She is excellent when it is show time, although she has no problems relaxing when she is not on her board. As you can see, she has a rockin’ fashion sense and a penchant for sexy dresses that are functional at the same time. She is smoking hot!
If you have been observant, you might have noticed that there are some great beauties in golf as well. Take Chelsea Pezzola for example. She has been a big name in the world of golf and often attends various events as well. We think that this lacy dress looks mesmerizing on her!
She has a fantastic figure, but we think her smile is completely disarming as well. On top of that, the young woman clearly knows how to pick out her outfits. After all, the matching dress and shoes are simply a match made in heaven.
Before there was Ronda Rousey, there was Gina Carano. She used to be the figurehead when it comes to women’s mixed martial arts. She raged a number of memorable wars in the cage. Some of them are still the talk of the town to this day!
The current actress and former fighter killed it in this amazing dress. We are glad to hear that she did not suffer any long-term injuries from her days in the cage. Aside from that, she has a lovely smile that will sweep anyone off their feet.
The Bella Twins
The Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki, continue to be huge in the diva’s division of the WWE. They debuted in 2007 and have since been stunning members of the audience. Let us be honest and admit that it is easy to see why this is the case. Did you know that they have a great fashion sense to go with their natural beauty?
Their careers have since extended into acting and modeling. Despite this, they remain loyal to WWE and still make frequent appearances in shows. They both look great in very different dresses. We wonder if they share clothes…what do you think??
Becca Longo established herself in the sporting world when she became the first woman to receive a football scholarship to an NCAA school. It was very big news that changed the game for the people who came after her. She made a name for herself when she attended Basha High School in the Arizona city of Chandler.
While she is not exactly a pro athlete or has been seen on the red carpet, we expect to hear more about her in the future. Who knows, maybe she will go on to become the first female pro football player!
Becky Lynch is yet another WWE star who rocks the ring to this day. We got to know her after she made her debut in 2002. To say the least, she has been on a roll since then. She hailed from Ireland and only joined WWE a couple of years ago.
With that said, this diva went on to become a huge hit among her fans in no time at all. We like the elegant yet sexy outfit she decided to wear on the blue carpet! We have no doubt that she will go on to do bigger things in the future.
Unless you are a runner yourself, we doubt that you know any names in track and field. However, Tori Bowie decided to mix things up when she made it big. This young lady has joined and won contests in different parts of the globe.
She got her start in Sand Hill, Mississippi. She has come a long way since then and now rocks the red carpets with her incredible fashion sense. We adore this yellow dress on her. She looks amazing in it, full stop.
If you look up what a boss lady professional athlete looks like, you’ll find Serena Williams. She has defied all odds of professional athleticism, having been at the pro-level since age 14! Williams is also known for having amazing fashion sense, as you’ll see here, where she’s rocking a pink dress at the 2015 Wimbledon Champions Dinner in London.
Her tennis stats are insane: she’s won 39 combined Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles and will likely go down as the best to ever pick up a tennis racket, male or female.
Among alpine skiers, Lindsey Vonn is one of the most high-profile athletes ever, having earned endorsements with brands like Oakley and Red Bull. She is a three-time Olympic medalist in downhill and super-G skiing and has won four World Cup championships. Her last Olympic run was in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped her from being in the spotlight. She has recently been known for dating Tiger Woods from 2013 until 2015, and is currently dating NHL player P.K. Subban. In this photo, she’s looking stunning at the 2018 Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50.
Chloe Kim has accomplished more in just 18 years of life than most people can even imagine. The iconic snowboarder earned her stardom during the 2018 Winter Olympics, where she won a gold medal for Team USA in the halfpipe.
On top of this, she has also won four gold medals at the X Games. Kim also had a Barbie made after her, and in 2018 she announced she was accepted to Princeton University. As you can see from her photo taken at the Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50, Kim is also very fashionable.
Prior to her retirement in 2015, Abby Wambach was one of the most decorated American soccer players ever. During her incredible career, she won two Olympic gold medals, a FIFA Women’s World Cup title, and was the first soccer player to ever be named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year.
In addition, in 2015 she was honored as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. She and her wife Glennon Doyle tied the knot in 2017. The photo below was taken at ESPN’s 2015 Body at ESPYs event.
Aly Raisman is one of the most influential athletes of this day. Children and teens all over the country look up to Aly Raisman as an incredible role model in their lives. She has won six Olympic medals, including three golds, during her career.
She first became famous during the 2012 London Olympic games, where she was a Team USA captain and won an individual gold medal in the floor routine. She then returned as a captain during the 2016 Rio games. Raisman looked amazing at the 2018 ESPY Awards!
Ashley Wagner, an Olympic figure skater, became one of the dominant faces of Team USA during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she and her teammates took home a bronze medal. Aside from her Olympic achievments, Wagner is also a three-time U.S. national figure skating champion.
Though Wagner left the roster of Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which shocked many fans, she has continued to skate. This photo was taken at an event for ESPN The Magazine.
Charlotte Flair was set up for success in her wrestling career, as she is the daughter of wrestling legend Ric Flair. She has lived up to her dad’s legacy and made her own path of success in many ways; she broke the ground for women’s wrestling within the WWE.
Her impressively terrifying moves and insane hold skills make her one of the most exciting in-ring performers in the entire world. This photo was taken at WWE’s 2017 Mae Young Classic.
Mirai Nagasu was already a star even before she competed as a figure skater at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but the games are what made her a real sensation to the public. At the Pyeongchang games, the young skater became the first American female to land a triple axel at the Olympics.
On top of that, she won a bronze medal with her teammates. This photo is from when Nagasu attended the Oscars in 2018, shortly after returning from the Olympics. Doesn’t she just look fabulous? She looks like an Olympic champ, all right!
Mikaela Shiffrin is quite an accomplished athlete, despite being only 23 years old. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Shiffrin became the youngest person ever to win gold in the slalom run, and she was only 18 at the time.
She followed that by winning gold and silver medals at the 2018 Pyeongchang games! Shiffrin has become one of the faces of skiing worldwide, and it’s a well-deserved acknowledgement. This photo of Shiffrin was taken at the 2018 EPSY awards.
Amanda Nunes is known to be one of the UFC’s most dominant fighters, as she has not lost a fight since September 2014, which is a seven-match streak that includes her star-making domination of Rousey in 2016.
In 2016, she was honored by Equality California for helping bring visibility to LGBTQ rights, and in 2018 she announced that she got engaged to fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff. The photo below was taken from the Equality California awards reception.
Skylar Diggins-Smith, known as one of the best point guards in NCAA basketball history, finished her career at Notre Dame in 2013 as the highest-scoring women’s basketball player ever to play for the well-known university.
After graduating from college, she then got drafted to the WNBA, where she’s been a four-time All-Star. In addition to being a basketball star, Diggins-Smith has dabbled in modeling, including in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which is where the photo above is from.
Maia Shibutani and her skating partner, who happens to be her older brother, won two bronze medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which led to them becoming the first American siblings to ever share an ice dancing medal. They even have a nickname; they’re known as the “Shib Sibs” around the world.
The 24-year-old skater isn’t a one-trick pony, either; she is also a social media star, having over 375,000 followers on Instagram and over 160,000 YouTube subscribers. This photo of Shibutani was taken at the premiere of the Netflix movie “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”.
Claressa Shields is someone you definitely do not want to mess with! Shields first became well-known in the boxing scene as a teenager, winning gold medals in the women’s middleweight division at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. These medals made her the first American boxer of any gender to win consecutive golds!
She became professional in 2016 and so far is still undefeated, winning world titles in multiple weight classes. On the side, Shields does work for Up2Us Sports, a non-profit that helps train underprivileged kids. This photo of Shields was at the group’s gala.
Allyson Felix is one of the most talented track athletes of today’s generation. She competed as part of Team USA from 2004 to 2016, becoming the only female track athlete in Olympic history to win six gold medals in addition to the three silver medals she also won.
Even though Felix is known around the globe for her incredible athletic skills, she is also very keen on keeping big details about her personal life to herself, which is quite respectful given how often she’s seen in the public light. The photo above was taken at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards.
Can you believe with all of her world-recognized accomplishments that Katie Ledecky is only 21 years old? She is arguably one of the most skilled swimmers of all time. She won her first gold medal at an extremely young age- she was only 15! Since then, she’s won four more golds and a silver medal at various Olympic games.
Ledecky is a student at Stanford where she studies psychology and swam on their team until she became pro in 2018. The photo here was taken at the 2016 Golden Goggle Awards, honoring the best in American swimming.
Sasha Banks started fighting in WWE in 2012, and ever since then the 26-year-old has been leaving her mark everywhere. In 2016, she was part of the first women’s match to ever headline a WWE pay-per-view event.
Today Sasha Banks still remains one of WWE’s best stars and continues to win matches regularly. The photo abiove is from a WWE event in Germany. We think she looks great in the ring and on the red carpet!
Though fencing isn’t generally a sport that strikes many people’s attention, Ibtihaj Muhammad has been making it a must-watch at the Olympics since she competed in 2016. It was at this Olympic games that Muhammad became the first female Muslim-American to win an Olympic medal!
Her team won a bronze medal for fencing. Muhammad later had a Barbie styled after her, which is a pretty awesome and big deal. The photo below was shot at Glamour’s 2017 Women of the Year Awards.
Jen Kessy was a star volleyball player at The University of Southern California before becoming a very accomplished professional on the beach voleyball courts. Kessy and her partner April Ross won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Jen Kessy and her husband Andy Ces, who is also a professional beach volleyball player, have two daughters together. The photo below of Jen Kessy was taken at a charity event benefiting California’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute in 2012.
April “The Boss’ Ross has been one of the world’s best beach volleyball players for over a decade now. She is a two-time Olympic medalist and won a silver medal in 2012 with longtime partner Jen Kessy, and a bronze medal in 2016 with another incredible volleyball player, Kerri Walsh Jennings.
April Ross is married to Bradley Keenan, who is also a professional volleyball player, and holds a degree from the University of Southern California. This photo of Ross is from the 2016 ESPY Awards.
Did you know that Hope Solo, the U.S. Olympic soccer player, wasn’t always a goalie on the soccer field? When she was younger she was a forward for her high school team. Solo switched over to being a goalie while she was playing in college and is now considered to be the best women’s goalkeepers ever.
She has two Olympic gold medals to her name, which is well-deserved, as she let only three goals pass against team USA in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup victory. The photo below is from the EPSYs.