The red carpet is more than just a place for stars to pose for pictures. It’s also a great place for designers to show off their creations. Still, no one is perfect, and even some of the most iconic names in the industry have had to account for unexpected fashion challenges during the big event.
The challenge of an outdoor red carpet is that you can plan just about everything but the weather. The most you can really do is try to work with it as best as possible.
At the British Academy Film Awards in 2013, Winnie Forsyth sported this yellow gown and got some really stunning photos. What we don’t see as much of is the train for the gown. That’s because the wind kept picking it up so the star simply removed it for an easier but equally elegant evening.
Hayden Panettiere is no stranger to red-carpet shows. Still, even a professional can take the wrong step here and there. Hayden Panettiere was attending the 2014 Met Gala in a ballgown fit for a Disney movie.
The length was a bit of a struggle, though. While she mostly managed it flawlessly, the stairs on the red carpet got the better of her. Luckily, the actress took it in stride and managed to get a few great photos on those same stairs.
Jenny McCarthy looked stunning at the 1997 Oscars but said something seemed off. She told US Weekly that there was a reason her dress felt too tight.
She shared in the interview that she “walked down the red carpet, went to the Vanity Fair party, felt like a million dollars but I did wonder why it was so tight in the chest all night.” Her questions were answered when she ran into Valentino himself who informed her that she was wearing the dress backward.
Anyone who has ever put on a pair of stilettos can tell you that they aren’t easy to walk in. Still, some people manage to make it look effortless!
With that difficulty in mind, it’s no surprise that stars stumble sometimes. As a supermodel, Graham is no stranger to making difficult outfits look effortless. Yet, everyone still had a moment of concern when the star got a stiletto caught on her outfit. The good news is that she was fine and even recovered right away!
Sofia Vergara is no newbie on the red carpet. That’s why you could have missed theModern Family star’s fashion crisis in 2012 at the Emmys.
Vergara was there to accept an award for Best Comedy Series along with the rest of the team involved in Modern Family. Yet, a backstage sneak peek showed us that sometimes in Hollywood, you have to make last-minute adjustments to glamourous looks to avoid problems like them splitting down the seams.
When Charlie’s Angels premiered in 2003, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz did a lot to promote the film. Of course, this included a few red carpet appearances. At the 2003 premiere of the movie, the actresses all showed up in coordinating white outfits.
Luckily, Barrymore and Liu were right there as Diaz lost a shoe crossing the street to meet a few fans. We suppose a broken shoe strap is the least that Charlie’s angels have had to deal with!
Nicki Minaj has shown off quite a few eye-catching outfits over the years. She’s even managed to adapt those outfits on the fly when things go wrong. There are surely plenty of fashion crises that we never even noticed over the years.
When the rapper attended the MTV Music Video Awards back in 2014, her gown unexpectedly flew open! What would end in disaster for most people, though, the star simply caught her dress before it was too late and played the whole thing off like it was nothing.
Speaking of fearful fashion moments that we didn’t see, you would have never have known that Lili Reinhart needed some last-minute alterations at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards.
All in all, the actress looked great for the event and it was only because she shared the blue carpet mishap on Twitter. She shared that she was thrilled to be there even after “the waist-band of my dress was held together by two strings and one of them completely ripped as I was being zipped up.”
If there’s one person who isn’t afraid to deal with an impractical outfit, it’s Lady Gaga. She wasn’t going to disappoint at the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards. The singer was more than attending too — she was accepting a fashion icon award while she was there!
For all of the complicated parts of this outfit, Gaga nailed the train and impossibly high heels, only hitting a momentary drag when her top fell down. Still, the icon just pulled it up and kept going.
We’ve already briefly touched on the challenges of wearing staggeringly high heels to walk across the red carpet. They’re hard to keep your balance in when you aren’t posing for photos!
At the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, Zendaya rocked a pair of shockingly high yellow heels. Her stylist once shared with Footwear News, “Rumor has it that he said he did not design the shows to be worn outside. Literally eight minutes into the walk to the carpet, I was holding her up because her legs were buckling.”
There are certain jobs that would make you ready to handle fashion mishaps. We imagine a Victoria’s Secret Angel would have to know how to adapt to a fashion mishap. That’s what happened to Behati Prinsloo when she and her husband Adam Levine walked the carpet at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Her dress seemed like a no-fail choice. Unfortunately, she noticed it slipping down throughout the night but didn’t miss a beat in avoiding disaster — thanks to her trusty hubby. As you can see, the two shrugged off the mishap with a couple of laughs.
Women’s fashion is highly critiqued on the red carpet but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones who make a fashion mistake here and there.
Ben Affleck experienced a red carpet disaster of his own, although it could have been much worse. While his outfit for the Suicide Squad premiere in 2016, his slate suit was a safe choice. He just might have wanted to take a few more minutes on the buttons before stepping out.
Fashion is an art form and it seems that it knows no bounds. You might even notice that some designers try to add new looks using traditional textiles.
Micaela Schäefer made waves with a unique look at the Men in Black 3 premiere in Germany. The bottom half of the gown was made up entirely of the film from VHS tapes. As a result, the wind frequently swept the skirt away but Schäefer seemed to accept the wind as part of the look and went with it.
Katherine Heigl had a big night at the ShoWest Awards in 2010. She was there to accept the Female Star of the Year Award, after all!
She even had the perfect gown for the event — until the shoulder strap broke, that is. Luckily, the star managed to catch the issue with help from presenter Billy Bush. This allowed her to continue her speech and accept the award without letting the surprise trouble interrupt her for too long.
If you find yourself in an embarrassing situation, sometimes you might find laughing at the situation helps. Mario Lopez did, at least.
On the way to one red carpet event, he ran into some last-minute issues with his suit. They were pretty hard to ignore too! So, the actor decided to own the situation, sharing the debacle on Twitter even adding the tags #PantsTooTight and #Undies to poke fun at the unfortunate situation.
Rihanna was there to stun everyone at the Ocean’s 8 premiere. For the event, the musician and actress donned a Poiret dress accented with eye-catching metallic gold that draped down one shoulder.
Unfortunately, it was this sliding sleeve that caused the star so much trouble. Nothing disastrous happened but the sleeve keep trying to continue its descent, leaving her pulling it back up between photos. The good news is that she successfully avoided disaster and got a few good snapshots too!
There are times that you just have to go with what happens to an outfit because there’s nothing you can do. That’s where Katy Perry found herself at the 2017 Academy Awards.
The dress she wore, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, took some vintage inspiration. It made it through the red carpet but at the Vanity Fair afterparty, the gown tore at the seam on the drop-waist. Perry managed to stay covered but the designer dress was done for.
To her credit, Dakota Johnson did safely make it through the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards in 2016. The wardrobe malfunction in question happened on stage.
Ironically, the actress was accepting an award as Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress for her role in 50 Shades of Grey when her top started to come undone. Luckily, actress Leslie Mann snagged it just in time. Johnson quickly cracked a joke about what happened, saying that if the top had come off, it wasn’t anything anybody hadn’t seen before.
Bella and Gigi Hadid are a pair of supermodel sisters who have reached quite a bit of fame over the years. So, neither is a stranger to handling a little fashion mishap.
For Bella Hadid, the 2016 Cannes Film Festival came with some challenges. She went for a strikingly classic look with a high-slit red gown and a pair of heels. While the supermodel pulled it off, the train was deceptively difficult to handle.
Lily-Rose Depp is a talented actress in her own right. At the event we’re talking about here, she was celebrating the premiere of the movie The King.
While at the premiere, the actress opted for a gown from Chanel’s 2020 collection. It featured a halter top complete with a ruffled texture. One particularly strong gust of wind tried to blow her top out of place but the actress just caught it with a laugh and readjusted it for the next picture.
Cardi B has gotten a lot of attention for her fashion sense over the years. In 2018, she attended a performance in Calibash where she performed “La Modelo”.
The dress was gorgeous and classic design but it came with a major drawback. Once the rapper was on the red carpet and under the stage lights, it became clear that the dress was transparent. She later wrote on Instagram, “Last night was LIT!!! Even tho I realize my dress was see-through and I realized at the last minute.”
Kim Kardashian is well-known for her fashion sense, so it’s no surprise she didn’t pull any punches at the opening for The Cher Show in a vintage Versace gown.
The gown featured a halter top to keep the back open. The only problem was the star made a bit of a mistake during the red carpet when she over-adjusted her dress to expose part of her chest. Kardashian didn’t hesitate to laugh it off, even sharing it on Instagram censored with a GIF of Cher.
A train on a gown can add a lot to the design. Yet, the longer your dress is, the harder it likely is to make sure you’re aware of it all night long.
Emily Ratajkowski is no stranger to difficult outfits as a supermodel. So, she probably handled the challenge of her gold gown at the 2017 Golden Globes more than most people would. Still, it was clear that the train was getting in the way in some of the photos.
Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz was making an appearance on Watch What Happens Live when she ran into a bit of a wardrobe failure. Luckily, you couldn’t spot it unless she turned around. The velvet top that the star rocked was trendy but it didn’t quite have the stretch she needed it seemed.
It looks like one overextension tore the seam and split the back of the sleeve. To be fair, if the outfit had to tear, the back shoulder — which was only visible when she was signing autographs — isn’t all that bad.
Like many, you could have easily missed the wardrobe malfunction that Anne Hathaway experienced at the Met Gala. She eventually revealed the story herself on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
“One year, I was going as the guest of Calvin Klein and Francisco Costa. I was about a block away from the Met,” the actress shared, “And I sneezed, and my dress split. Like just straight-up split open.” They stopped to find a seamstress to help and, as a result, Hathaway was second-to-last to show up.
Some fashion mishaps on the red carpet really steal everyone’s attention. Other ones happen to fly under the radar and you wouldn’t know until much later on.
At the 2017 Oscars, Hailee Steinfeld fell into the latter category. The star looked stunning in a flowery gown that went all the way down the red carpet to pool at her feet. If you have a good eye, though, you can see a slight tear the star managed to hide almost completely.
As a versatile performer, you have to be able to think on your feet quickly. It helps during red carpet wardrobe malfunctions as well. In 1998, Minnie Driver was attending the Oscars and chose a red gown that seemed appropriate, being that she would be walking the red carpet.
Before long, the dress started falling off but Driver wasn’t deterred. She simply wrapped the shawl she was carrying around her shoulders, letting the faux fur cover her in a way that was definitely still fashionable.
Laura Govan went for a fun look on the red carpet when she sported this patterned party dress. She ran into many of the same problems that Michelle Rodriguez did in the strapless dress.
The star quickly realized that her party dress wasn’t staying put. That meant that she had to spend a good portion of her time on the red carpet holding the dress in place or pulling it up. The dress ended up looking great, even if it wasn’t the most comfortable choice.
We’d be remiss to talk about fashion disasters without talking about the unfair situation that Janet Jackson faced at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The singer was billed for the halftime show with Justin Timberlake.
During the performance, Timberlake pulled the pocket of fabric over the right side of Jackson’s top, causing the wardrobe malfunction. She later shared that the move was accidental, as Timberlake was only supposed to remove her bustier and leave her bra in place for coverage.
Ariel Winter is another member of the Modern Family cast who isn’t a stranger to awards shows. In 2017, she stole the show on the red carpet at the Emmy’s.
The gown in question was a sparkling pattern with a pair of high slits to add to the design. The star did manage to avoid anything too disastrous but it wasn’t without effort. It looks like managing the dress was a bit more difficult than anyone originally expected.
Margot Robbie has had a meteoric rise to fame with a number of amazing roles over the years. For the event in question, she was celebrating the release of I, Tonya.
Playing the titular Tonya Harding, Margot Robbie was there as the star at the premiere in Australia. The actress chose a simple silk gown in pale pink, livening it up with a deep neckline. It was this neckline that left the star adjusting her dress all night.
Beyoncé has a way of making everything she does look effortless. In reality, even something as simple as walking across the red carpet can be surprisingly difficult. The tight mermaid gown definitely turned heads at the 2011 Met Gala.
However, mobility was the price to pay for the look. Luckily, Beyonce had her husband and fellow celebrity Jay-Z close at hand to help her across the red carpet when it was time to move between photos.
Fans didn’t have to wonder what happened when Kaitlyn Bristowe had to think fast on the red carpet. Throughout the 2018 Emmys, she kept fans updated on the debacle.
For the event, the star donned a black gown. It would have all been fine had the dress not split up the back at the zipper. She shared that with the tear, it was impossible to stand and stay decent but that a friendly couple was kind enough to lend her a jacket.
Chrissy Teigan made a brand for herself around a relatable persona. So, it’s no surprise that she shared her unfortunate circumstance with fans after a red carpet wardrobe malfunction.
For one event, Teigen chose a white gown with a slit up the front. As luck would have it, though, that slit got torn about five inches higher throughout the night. Teigen shared a snap of her hiding the fashion malfunction under her bag to try and mitigate the situation.
Lady Victoria Hervey
Lady Victoria Hervey is a celebrity of many titles. Between her socialite status — as well as her acting and modeling careers — she has plenty of red carpet experience under her belt.
At the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, she was presented with a particular challenge. Her low-cut and high-slit gown had been holding up well as she strutted and posed across the red carpet. Unfortunately, a stray gust of wind tried to blow it all apart. She managed to handle it with only a bit of a stumble.
We’ve seen here that trains on dresses are gorgeous but sometimes more difficult than you might expect. Sometimes, that isn’t just for the star in the dress either.
Emma Stone had no trouble with her train on the red carpet in her Dior suit and dress combination. Everything was fine until Stone and the rest of the cast of Birdman jumped onstage to accept an award for Best Ensemble. Naomi Watts tripped over Stone’s train but Edward Norton was there to catch her before she fell.
No one would have known that Elisabetta Canalis ran into a snag with her dress before the 2010 Oscars that could have spelled out disaster. As she was getting ready, the zipper on Canalis’ dress broke while she was getting ready.
Rather than calling in Hollywood help, though, the situation was easily handled when Canalis’ then-boyfriend, George Clooney, stepped in to sew the zipper back into place at the last minute.
Beyoncé Is Back
Well, before Bey’s mermaid gown at the Met Gala, she was asked to perform at the 2005 Academy Awards. This included multiple rapid and complete costume changes.
With only minutes to get ready, the star didn’t fully strap one of her heels to sing “Learn to Be Lonely” from The Phantom of the Opera. During the performance, the shoe came off entirely while she was performing but stayed hidden in the dress so the audience never noticed.
Jennifer Lawrence isn’t afraid to show us her more relatable side. That means she’s quick to own and laugh off a red carpet mishap. That’s exactly what happened at the 2011 SAG Awards. In a floor-length bright pink gown, the star was definitely capturing people’s attention.
The only problem was that she also turned heads when she stepped on her dress, causing her to stumble. In true J-Law fashion, she just laughed it off and got back to posing for the paparazzi.
Another One for Jennifer Lawrence
As we said, Jennifer Lawrence isn’t shaken by a relatable mistake on the red carpet. To be fair, she made it through the red carpet in a gown for her first Oscar acceptance.
It was actually accepting the award that made things difficult. On her way up the steps, the Best Actress winner stepped on the hem of her dress, causing her to fall on the stairs. She later said, “What went through my mind when I fell down? A…a bad word…that I can’t say. It starts with ‘F.'”
Reality TV star Farrah Abraham is no stranger to controversy, being that she got her start on 16 and Pregnant and then the subsequent Teen Mom. Luckily, this wardrobe malfunction didn’t make too many headlines.
During a screening at the Venice Film Festival in August 2019, the high slit in Farrah’s floral dress gave way, exposing a bit more skin than the former MTV star had planned. But, she quickly recovered and flashed a smile for the cameras.
The Kardashians may be well-known for their fashion sense and style but being that some of their outfits are more extensive and complicated than others, it’s not overly shocking that they too experience wardrobe malfunctions.
We mean, this is already Kim’s second time on the list! Here, Kimmie was sporting a bright yellow skirt while out and about in Miami back in 2018. Unfortunately, the hip-high slit exposed her underwear — as well as a visible tan line. Ah, well. Didn’t seem to phase Kim much, anyway.
Chrissy Teigen Returns
Although Chrissy Teigen may have gotten her start in the entertainment industry as a model, she has certainly made herself known thanks to her social media presence, particularly on Twitter — where she has undeniably been the cause of some controversy.
Now, Teigen may be used to turning heads with her looks and humor. Still, she was hardly expecting any commotion while attending the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Her dress, designed by Zuhair Murad, featured a slit so high that Teigen’s undies were visible. Whoops!
Now 52 years old, supermodel Naomi Campbell began her career when she was in her teens. So, it goes without saying that Naomi has experienced her fair share of runways, red carpets, and… you guessed it — wardrobe malfunctions.
Even timeless goddesses like Naomi here can fall victim to these kinds of mishaps. During the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2016, Naomi accidentally revealed her Spanx while strutting her stuff on the carpet.
Born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, singer-songwriter Lorde has been pushing the envelope ever since the start of her career back in 2009. Still, while she definitely is unconventional, she still experiences awkward life moments just like the rest of us.
Take this wardrobe malfunction, for instance. Not only was the songstress in an arm cast during the 2016 Met Gala, but she also suffered quite the nip slip while walking the carpet.
Sarah Hyland has been walking red carpets for quite a while. For her look at the 2017 Emmy Awards, the actress opted for a red gown with a cutout. The only problem is that when there’s a cutout in a dress, you probably hope it won’t endanger the security of it staying on.
Yet, it seems like Hyland was caught off-guard when the bottom part of the dress just wouldn’t stay in place, revealing her Spanx. As a result, she had to keep adjusting the band — and later posted about it via Instagram to make light of the situation.
Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. In that story, losing a shoe is the way for her true love to find her after the ball. Mariah Carey had her own Cinderella moment — she just decided to swap out those glass slippers for a pair of fairly high Louboutins.
However, it seems like that extra height would make this misstep all the more intimidating but Carey is a professional and didn’t let the stumble hold her back for long.
Strapless dresses have a lot of appeal. Still, they aren’t always easy to keep up with since they don’t have the straps for support.
That was exactly the problem that Michelle Rodriguez ran into when she stepped out for the sixth The Fast and Furious film. It didn’t take long to realize the problem — the dress kept sliding down! Still, Rodriquez managed to catch some great photos even if she had to hold her dress up for most of the night.
Emma Roberts has shaped up to have all of the acting talents that you’d expect from a member of this famous family. So, there are plenty of premieres that fans can spot her at.
The star was attending the premiere for The Blackcoat’s Daughter when her purple dress started to deteriorate. It isn’t hard to see that one sleeve is split down the side in this picture. She shared with PeopleStyle, “My sleeve almost fell off and completely exposed my body!”
At the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, Kendall Jenner showed up in a stunning outfit. In particular, people quickly fell in love with the dramatic lace-up heels she paired with the dress.
The only problem was that those stilettos just refused to stay laced even after it took a pair of assistants to get them on at all. Between photos, her assistants had to keep redoing the ties. Gigi Hadid even gave fans a behind-the-scenes look in a Snapchat video of Jenner trying to get the sandals off at the end of the night.
30+ Stunning Female Athletes Who Could Easily Be Models
There’s no denying that our world is filled with brilliantly talented female athletes who have paved the way for women alike. And while we commend these champions for dominating in their chosen sport, we can’t help but also notice their radiant beauty. Had these ladies not entered the world of athletics, there’s no doubt that they would have easily been just as successful as models. Keep scrolling to read about these iconic powerhouses…
Daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila is a former professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2007 before retiring as undefeated. Since she stepped out of the ring, Laila has gotten married and done various amounts of television work including her appearance on George Lopez and as a participant on Dancing With the Stars.
Then again, are you really that surprised? Not only does she have an undeniable presence but she’s also downright beautiful. The powerhouse has also appeared in numerous magazines such as Sports Illustrated, People, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan among many more.
Raised in Arizona, the ever-so stunning Blair O’Neal has been playing golf since she was just 11 years old. By the time she turned 13, Blair began playing for the American Junior Golf Association and her career only grew from there. After four years of collegiate-level golf at Arizona State University, O’Neal began playing professionally all whilst establishing a modeling career.
After all, have you seen her?! Her smile could seriously light up a room! In any event, the blonde bombshell has been quite busy throughout the years. Today, though, she has her hands full taking care of her newborn baby with husband Jeff Keiser.
A California native, Natalie Coughlin is a competitive swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. With these kinds of achievements under her belt, it’s no surprise that Coughlin has earned the World Swimmer of the Year Award once as well as American Swimmer of the Year Award three times.
Since her last big meet in 2016, Coughlin has kept busy with other ventures. Aside from becoming a spokeswoman for C20 Coconut Water and appearing on television, Coughlin has written a book and modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which doesn’t come as much of a shock considering her impressive talent and radiant beauty.
The youngest daughter of 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion John Force, Courtney Force isn’t your ordinary 32-year-old. After following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a drag racer, the blonde-haired beauty worked hard to become a household name.
During her career, Force also did television work including a feature with her family on A&E’s reality show Driving Force. In 2015, she married fellow racecar driver Graham Rahal and five years later, the couple announced that they’re expecting their first child in November 2020. So, although Force retired from her sport in 2019, there’s no doubt that she’ll be keeping busy.
Daniela Hantuchová is a retired tennis player from Slovakia. After turning professional, Daniela made her breakthrough in 2002 when she won her first WTA tournament — and that was the first of many accomplishments to come during her 18-year career.
While Daniela was making a name for herself as a world-famous tennis star, she also modeled for magazines including Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue.” It was then that Daniela was also noticed for her undeniably good looks. Although she’s widely considered to be a symbol of beauty, Daniela has never really considered herself as such, saying that modeling is “just fun to do from time to time.”
Here we have Kim Glass — an indoor volleyball star who joined the U.S. national team in May of 2007. The following year, Glass made her first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping Team USA to a silver medal.
Aside from becoming a champion in her respective sport, Glass has also dabbled in modeling, which makes sense considering how stunning this woman is. Are we right?! Aside from appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011, Kim had also auditioned for Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model five different times while she was in college.
Hailing all the way from paradise, also known as Hawaii, Alana Blanchard is an accomplished professional surfer who has taken part in the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour. Aside from riding waves, Blanchard designs Rip Curl swimwear — particularly a line of wetsuits specifically made for surfing.
With her naturally beachy hair and flawless facial features, it doesn’t come as a shock that Blanchard does modeling work in addition to her surfing career. She also keeps busy raising her son with fiancé and Australian pro-surfer Jack Freestone.
A Norwegian professional snowboarder, Silje Norendal competes in slopestyle. Now 26 years old, there’s no denying that Norendal has accomplished quite a lot throughout her career thus far. Not only has she won gold during the Winter X Games Europe in Tignes in 2013, but Norendal also finished in fourth place at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.
Aside from her indisputable talent, Norendal has also received attention for her breathtaking looks and radiant smile, modeling for various brands and magazines.
Alica Schmidt may only be 21 years old but there’s no denying that the German sprinter and hurdler has already made a name for herself, for both her talent and looks.
Not only has she represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 London Olympics but she also competed at the World Championships in Athletics on three different occasions — 2005, 2007, and 2011. When she isn’t on the track, Schmidt models, which isn’t a shocker as she’s considered one of the world’s most beautiful athletes.
Ana Ivanović is yet another star who has dominated in the world of tennis. Originally from Serbia, Ana began competing professionally in 2003 before retiring in 2016. During her career, Ana has won several singles titles and was even ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008.
Despite her retirement, Ana hasn’t slowed down. Aside from raising her two sons with husband Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ana has modeled for multiple magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Bella, and Vanity Fair (Spain) among many others.
Katarina Witt may have retired from figure skating in the late ’80s but that doesn’t mean her name has been forgotten, especially due to the fact that the German native has worked in film and television since.
In any event, Witt rose to stardom after winning two Olympic gold medals for East Germany — the first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. She also happens to be a four-time World Champion and two-time World silver medalist. With her unstoppable talent and radiant beauty, it’s no surprise that Witt was East Germany’s poster athlete.
Now 35 years old, Lindsey Vonn is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer for the U.S. Ski Team. After beginning to ski at the young age of two, Vonn went on to have an extremely successful career, winning multiple championships and Olympic gold medals.
Although Vonn retired in 2019, there’s no doubt that she’ll always be remembered for her insane talent and striking beauty. Throughout the years, Vonn has modeled for various magazines including the 2010 and 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, as well as Maxim.
Soo Yeon Lee
Believe it or not, people, but table tennis — a.k.a. ping-pong — is a professional sport. Meet Soo Yeon Lee, a South Korean former player who shocked the world with her technique and drive before retiring. Lee began playing table tennis at a very young age and was even extensively trained in the sport by an Olympic gold medalist.
Since she stepped away from her racket, Lee has gone on to become a coach, actress, and professional model. In fact, she has been featured in advertisement campaigns for a number of prominent brands including Nike, Adidas, K-Swiss, Red Bull, and Target.
Gabrielle Reece, now 50 years old, has not only made a name for herself as a professional volleyball player but also as a sports announcer, fashion model, and actress. After playing collegiate-level volleyball for Florida State University — on scholarship — Reece moved to New York City to pursue a parallel career as a sports fashion model whilst continuing in her pro-volleyball career.
Then again, we can’t say that this surprises us so much as she looks like a natural in front of the camera not to mention her insanely gorgeous appearance.
Known as the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, Danica Patrick is an absolute machine. Now 38 years old, the former professional racecar driver dominated in her sport before retiring in 2018. In fact, her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race.
A globally recognized athlete, Patrick has become a pop culture icon throughout the years due to her talent and looks. Not only has she done film and television work but she’s also been a cover model for magazines such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, and ESPN: The Magazine.
Yet another powerhouse is Kerri Walsh, a professional beach volleyball player. Throughout her career, Kerri has impressed fans by becoming a three-time Olympic gold medalist as well as a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. She was even five weeks pregnant during the 2012 London Olympics where she won gold — an impressive feat, to say the least.
Considering how easy she is on the eyes, it’s no surprise that Kerri has also gone on to do television and modeling work, appearing in the ESPN: The Magazine “Body Issue,“ with images taken both before and after giving birth to her third child.
Born and raised in sunny California, Jennie Finch is a former professional softball player. During her career, not only did she become a collegiate All-American but also a medal-winning Olympian and two-time pro-All-Star.
With this being said, there’s no denying that this blue-eyed beauty was an unstoppable force in her respective sport, so much so that Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. Although Finch retired from the sport in 2010 to focus on her family, she began working at ESPN as a color commentator for National Pro Fastpitch and college softball games.
Named one of 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine, Anna Kournikova is a Russian former professional tennis player who has won multiple Grand Slam titles and WTA Championships. Although her career was cut short due to serious back and spinal problems, Kournikova is very much still a household name.
Aside from the fact that she does quite a lot of television and modeling work, Kournikova is also known for her relationship with singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias, from whom she has three children.
Ashley Beard first rose to fame as a professional swimmer and seven-time Olympic medalist. Her success has unsurprisingly earned her the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. After a brief hiatus, Beard came out of retirement in 2010 and placed second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the National Championships that year.
Apart from being an extremely gifted swimmer, Beard has also been known to do modeling work including walking fashion shows. But then again, do you guys really find it at all surprising considering her incredible bone structure and mesmerizingly blue eyes?
Born Patricia Anne Stratigeas, Trish Stratus is a fitness master, fitness model, professional wrestler, actress, and television personality. Throughout her childhood, Trish took an interest in wrestling but it wasn’t until after pursuing a career in modeling that she was noticed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Then, in November 1999, the Canadian superstar signed to a multi-year contract with the company. Aside from professional wrestling, though, Stratus has also appeared on a number of magazine covers and been involved in charity work.
Are you guys also starting to realize just how many beautiful tennis players there are in the world? Well, here’s another one for you — Maria Sharapova. A Russian native, Maria had an extremely fruitful career before retiring in February 2020, winning a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Aside from making a name for herself in athletics, Maria has been known for her work with multiple magazines including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also appeared in several advertisements for brands such as Nike and been the face of several fashion houses.
Often called by her nickname “Rowdy,” Ronda Rousey is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist who won Olympic medals in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics. It wasn’t until 2018 that Rousey began a career in professional wrestling, signing a contract with WWE.
Aside from whooping butt in the ring, Rousey has also enjoyed success as both an actress, author, and model. In all honesty, though, how could she not? Not only is she an absolute beauty but she’s also incredibly inspiring.
Let’s be real — Serena Williams stole our hearts the minute she turned professional in 1995. While we could sit here the whole day telling you guys about all that Serena has accomplished, we’re pretty sure you already know. In any event, Serena is a force to be reckoned with and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Aside from dominating tennis courts all around the globe, this goddess also enjoys her fair share of television and modeling work. Then again, if we looked like her, we also wouldn’t mind posing for magazine covers.
The captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, Aly Raisman is a retired gymnast and two-time Olympian that made waves in the athletic world after becoming the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor exercise silver medalist.
Aside from her unstoppable talent, Raisman has stunned fans with her poise and grace. Not only has she done modeling work over the years, appearing in various magazines, but she was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
Lolo Jones has gained public attention throughout the years not only due to her immense talent but also because of her exotic looks. An American hurdler and bobsledder, Jones has won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while attending Louisiana State University.
Now 37 years old, Jones has no intention of slowing down in the near future. Aside from essentially ruling in her respective sport, Jones has also done modeling work for magazines including the ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue,“ as well as the cover of Outside.
Michelle Wie, a professional golfer, began playing when she was just 10 years old. At that point, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Beyond that, Wie also became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event.
By 2005, shortly before her 16th birthday, Wie finally took her career to a professional level in which she was unsurprisingly accompanied by an enormous amount of publicity and endorsements. Then, in 2014, this knockout won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard is a professional tennis player who has certainly made quite a name for herself over the last few years. In fact, at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles.
Aside from these accomplishments, including awards that she has received, Bouchard has also been noticed for her effortless beauty. We mean, this gal has a smile that could light up any room — or tennis court, in her case.
Born and raised in Washington state, Miesha Tate is an American mixed martial arts pundit and former mixed martial artist. Throughout her years in the industry, there’s no question that Tate has solidified her place as a champion. In fact, her fighting technique has only earned her praise from multiple peers and media outlets.
Outside of MMA and the UFC, though, Tate has modeled for various different websites and publications including ESPN: The Magazine and Fitness Gurls. Since her retirement, Tate has gone on to become the VP for ONE Championship — Singapore-based mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion.
Alright, people — how stunning is Alex Morgan?! Now 31 years old, Morgan is an American soccer player for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States. An unstoppable force to be reckoned with, Morgan has helped the U.S. win their titles at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Besides her accomplishments on the field, though, Morgan has also found success in modeling for a number of magazines including the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, Elle, and Time among various others.
Did your jaws drop at the sight of Skylar Diggins, too? Yeah, we thought so. This beauty queen is a 29-year-old professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). After getting drafted third overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Diggins instantly rose to fame with her fierce talent.
Not only has she been named the WNBA All-Star four times but was also recognized as the WNBA Most Improved Player in 2014. When she’s not on the court, Diggins keeps busy with modeling work for several magazines including Vogue.
An American Olympian and professional ice hockey player, Hilary Knight is undoubtedly one of the strongest people in the sport. Now 31 years old, Knight has been playing for as long as she can remember. She is currently a forward with the PWHPA — Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association — and the United States women’s national ice hockey team.
Aside from shredding ice, Knight also models and is involved in the well-known #LikeAGirl campaign, making her the ultimate role model for girls all over the globe.
Hailing all the way from the land down under — Australia — Torah Bright is a professional snowboarder and Australia’s most successful Winter Olympian. With her aggressive riding style and amplitude, Bright has easily become one of the biggest names in the sport.
Throughout the years, she has gone on to win multiple medals, awards, and accolades. With so many accomplishments under her belt, it’s hard to imagine that Bright has time for anything else yet she does! When she isn’t wowing fans with her unbelievable tricks, she’s shocking them with her insanely good looks and modeling work.
Born and raised in Ireland, Becky Lynch might be one of the most charming people to ever grace the WWE. With her adorable accent, powerful skills, and beautiful appearance, it’s no surprise that Becky is beloved by many. Although the red-headed beauty is currently signed to WWE on the Raw brand, she’s been on maternity leave as of May 2020.
Aside from wrestling, Lynch also dabbles in acting. Not only did she graduate with an acting degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology but she also attended Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting.
At 34 years old, it’s safe to say that Candace Parker has certainly established herself in not only women’s basketball but also in the world of basketball as a whole. After getting the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, this six-foot-four-inch goddess has helped the Los Angeles Sparks win various titles.
With several awards and accolades under her belt, Parker will forever be a household name. When she isn’t bouncing the ball around, she spends her time as the studio analyst for CBS Sports NCAA men’s tournament coverage and NBA on TNT.
This blonde-haired beauty is named Nastia Liukin, a former artistic gymnast. Throughout her career as a gymnast, Nastia won several awards and accolades including the 2008 Olympic All-Around champion. She was also a five-time Olympic medalist, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars.
After an extremely successful career, Nastia stepped back from the sport in 2012. Since her retirement, Nastia has kept busy with not only television work but also with The Nastia Liukin Cup — an annual gymnastics competition held in the United States that’s hosted by Liukin.
Simone Biles, a Belizean-American artistic gymnast, is a household name at this point. At just 23 years old, she is the most decorated American gymnast and third most decorated in the world, with a total of thirty Olympic and World Championship medals.
Having been referred to by many as the “greatest gymnast ever,” Simone continues to work in other industries outside of sports. She is endorsed by Nike and other big brands, and it’s clear that her beauty is just the cherry on top of a wildly successful career.
Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player whose undeniable talent was internationally recognized at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams. She has won multiple awards, including the WTA Comeback Player of the Year, since.
Represented by TLA Worldwide, Sloane has been the face of several big brands throughout her career, including Under Armour, Nike, and American Express. Her stunning appearance coupled with a long list of athletic accolades is sure to contribute to her success for years to come.
Naomi Osaka is a Haitian and Japanese award-winning professional tennis player who has been successfully ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. The first-ever Asian player to hold the highest ranking in tennis singles, Osaka has become known as the “first” of many athletic endeavors.
Her beauty has also not gone unnoticed, as Naomi is endorsed by multiple big brands such as Nissan and world-renowned cosmetics company, Shiseido. Still in her early twenties, it’s safe to assume her career will span for many years to come.
Lisa Leslie is an American former professional basketball player who currently serves as a head coach in the BIG3 professional basketball league. With a long career full of numerous successes and awards, it’s no surprise that she was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
In addition to her incredible sports history, Lisa has also secured a notable reputation in fashion and media, with several roles on TV and numerous appearances in Vogue and Newsweek.
Regarded as an icon in the world of soccer, Mia Hamm is a retired professional player who became a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion over the course of her career. During her time as an international player, Hamm signed endorsement deals with big brands including Gatorade, Nike, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Pepsi, and Nabisco among many others.
If she hadn’t been a star on the field, though, Hamm could have done extremely well as a model considering her striking appearance and experience posing for magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Time, and People.
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.
Pusaria Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player who made her international debut in 2009. At just age 17, she rose to the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in 2012. Since then, she’s won multiple super series titles.
Not only is she athletically talented but her beauty has also made waves in the sports industry with her numerous brand endorsements such as those with JBL, Gatorade, and Panasonic. Having already made a Forbes list for the highest-paid female athletes, it’s safe to say her successful career will last.
Maya Moore, an American professional basketball player, is a member of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA. Her athletic talent and hard work led to her being named the inaugural Performer of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2017.
In addition to numerous awards and championships won, Maya now continues to use her platform for criminal justice reform. Regardless of her future endeavors, her athleticism and activism – and no doubt, her beauty – are sure to be remembered.
Claressa Shields is an American professional boxer with multiple world championships. She’s won gold medals in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and remains one of only seven boxers – male or female – to hold all four major world boxing titles simultaneously.
In addition to her remarkable boxing career, Claressa has been the star of a documentary and continues to find acting work in films and advertisements – not surprising, considering her talent is punctuated by extreme beauty.
Allyson Michelle Felix is a recognized athlete all around the world. She’s an American track and field sprinter who has won awards in all of her events: 100, 200, and 400-meters. And in 2017, she was recognized as the most decorated athlete in World Athletics Championships history, with a total of 18 career medals.
Not only is Allyson a talented, successful, and revered athlete, she just so happens to be undeniably beautiful. If she ever desired a career in modeling, she’d surely rise to the top.
Professional swimmers are often recognized for their physique, and Simone Ashley Manuel is no exception. She is an American competitive swimmer who specializes in sprint freestyle. In the 2016 Olympics, her talent and hard work won her two gold and two silver medals.
Having turned professional in 2018, Simone’s career is only getting started. She also signed with TYR Sport, Inc. — an American manufacturer of swimwear and triathlon apparel — and will no doubt find further success as both an athlete and model.
Venus Williams, older sister to the legendary Serena, certainly deserves her flowers for her incredible athletic achievements. She was discovered at the age of seven for her unusual talent and potential to be a great tennis player, and she went on to do just that. As of today, Venus has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions.
An athletic force to be reckoned with, Venus also holds two degrees, one in business administration and another in fashion design – not surprising considering her track record of stylish looks on and off the tennis court. With numerous athletic and professional accolades already under her belt, she doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Sydney McLaughlin is an American hurdler and sprinter, known for her time at the University of Kentucky before going on to win a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in 400-meter hurdles. In 2018, she broke the collegiate and NCAA record for the same event. Later that year, she became professional.
Sydney comes from an athletic family, with both mom and dad having a history of competitive running. In addition to inheriting strong athletic genes from her parents, she can also thank them for her stunningly good looks.
Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage
Hailing from Australia, Liz Cambage is a professional basketball player currently playing for the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. One of her many contributions to the sporting world is her 53-point performance in a game against the New York Liberty – the current WNBA single-game scoring record.
Standing tall at six-foot-five-inches, it’s reported that she was teased for her height growing up. But now, with records and multiple achievements to her name including a memorable slam dunk during the Olympic games, it’s clear who came out on top. Beautiful and talented, Liz is sure to continue being a success.
Crystal Alyssia Dunn Soubrier is an American soccer player both wildly talented and strikingly beautiful. She plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Woman’s Soccer League (NWSL). In 2015, she was the youngest player to win both the NWSL Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot awards.
With numerous successes in the sport since she first started playing, it’s safe to assume that she will be in the game for a long time. But if she ever decided to take another track, her undeniable beauty would likely keep her a household name.
Another Washington state native to make this list, Hope Solo is a former soccer player. The 38-year-old stunner was the goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 to 2016 in which she became a World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Considering that she’s regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world, we think it’s safe to say that Solo is a name that’ll never be forgotten. Following her impressive feat at the 2011 World Cup, Solo then participated in Dancing With the Stars and posed for numerous magazines, of course.
In all honesty, we might be in love with Gina Carano. We mean, look at her! In any event, Carano started her career in the sport of Muay Thai although it wasn’t long before she transitioned into mixed martial arts, where she became the face of women’s MMA.
After she retired from competition, Carano decided to keep busy with acting and modeling work. Ranked in fifth place on a list of the “Top 10 Influential Women” of 2008, Carano has been featured in ESPN: The Magazine as well as Maxim.
Born in California, Anastasia Ashley began surfing at the age of five right before moving to Hawaii. By the time she turned six, Ashley won a surf contest using a run-down board that she found in the garbage right outside of her house. A year after that, Ashley ultimately picked up a sponsor that would replace her board with new ones.
With that being said, it’s clear that talent coursed through Ashley’s veins from the time she was a little girl. Now 33 years old, Ashley has achieved quite a lot as a professional surfer as well as a model, which doesn’t shock us considering her flawless looks.
Brie & Nikki Bella
Nikki and Brie Bella are identical twins and professional wrestling tag team that performed on WWE. The Bella Twins are both former Divas Champions, with Nikki having held the title twice and Brie once.
Although they’re now retired from wrestling, both Nikki and Brie are still very much in the spotlight. Other than enjoying a life of motherhood, Nikki and Bella have their hands full with modeling work as well as running their own beauty line — Nicole + Brizee.
Caroline Wozniacki is yet another powerhouse that the world has fallen in love with due to both her awe-inspiring talent and beguiling appearance. Originally from Denmark, Wozniacki is a former professional tennis player who reached world No. 1 in singles and the 20th in the Open Era.
She also happens to be the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top-ranking position. It’s important to note that Wozniacki accomplished all of this despite getting diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018 — talk about inspiring. After her retirement in 2019, Wozniacki tied the knot with former NBA champion David Lee.