Everyone knows that the sexiest women are the ones that exude strength, confidence and independence – and athletes definitely personify all these traits. Here’s a look at the 10 hottest female athletes, who have broken barriers, achieved greatness and inspired little girls around the world.
Tatjana Pasalic is one of the hottest female poker players around. She has been involved in the game since she was just 19 years old and, while she doesn’t have much in tournament winnings to her name, Tatjana is one of the most recognisable faces in the poker world as she reports for the World Series of Poker.
Gabby Douglas has three Olympic gold medals under her belt and is the first African American athlete to have won gold in the gymnastics all-around event. Having written a book when she was just 17 years old, Gabby has inspired young girls around the world to work hard and chase their goals.
Dominating the tennis world for over 15 years, Serena Williams is the embodiment of strength and passion. She has won more Grand Slam titles (23) than any other male tennis player, and won the Australian Open for the seventh time while she was eight weeks pregnant.
In 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Having moved on to perform on Broadway and become a public speaker, Misty serves as inspiration for “all the little brown girls” to follow their dreams.
At just 5 feet 6 inches tall, Becky Hammon was told that she wouldn’t make it as a basketball player – but she proved everyone wrong, having enjoyed a successful career as a point guard for 15 years. She retired from playing in 2014 but is now the assistant coach for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
Chantae McMillan is an American heptathlete, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics. She turned heads when she appeared semi-nude in the 2015 ESPN Body Issue.
Losing her left arm after a shark attack was not enough to deter Bethany Hamilton from pursuing a professional surfing career. Thanks to her drive and determination, she has won numerous first place medals in competitions around the world. In 2011, she started the Friends of Bethany Hamilton charity in support of shark attack survivors.
Formula One racing is a sport that is dominated by men, but Susie Wolff was determined to make the industry more inclusive and diverse. In 2012, she was the first female to participate in a Formula One Race in over ten years and enjoyed a three-year career racing for Williams. Today, she is an ambassador for the Mercedes team.
Ronda Rousey is one of the toughest athletes around, best known for having knocked out Beth Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 90. She is the first woman to have been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and has recently started a career in the WWE.
Dallas Friday is an American wakeboarder who has a number of honors under her belt. She has four X Games gold medals and has achieved numerous World Wakeboarding titles.