Before you mindlessly skim through this list of hot celebrities (who could blame you?), here’s a brief history of yoga pants in America.
Although they’d been around for years, yoga pants didn’t become popular as an everyday clothing item until the early 21st century. Made from a soft, stretchy material like cotton or lycra spandex, they were designed, obviously, for yoga, but have since been adopted as a comfortable, casual option for women. They’re so popular that they have led to a decrease in the sales of jeans in America — in fact, some have called them the “new jeans.” Their growing popularity likely had something to do with America’s recent obsession with physical fitness. Women wanted something they could wear that was comfortable yet fashionable, something that they could wear while working out, shopping, or simply sitting on the couch.
Men certainly aren’t complaining about the popularity of yoga pants, either. In recent years, the male gaze has shifted downward a couple feet. As if “My eyes are up here” wasn’t enough, now women have to say, “My eyes are up here and on the other side of my body.” Thanks to the tight-fitting pants, which leave little to the imagination, 2014 was declared the year of the booty. Songs such as J. Lo and Iggy Azalea’s “Booty” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass” were written about the posterior, and careers were practically built on it. Come to think of it, maybe yoga pants are to blame for the rise of the Kardashians.
20. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson has been a star in Hollywood ever since she rose to fame with her Oscar nominated performance in Almost Famous. In 2008, she was on the cover of People Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People” issue, and for good reason. Not only does she have a naturally beautiful face, but she also has an amazing body, thanks to her love for fitness. She should look good in yoga pants, considering she has her own line of workout clothes called JustFab.
19. Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Part of what makes her so beautiful is her amazing body, which looks as though it was made for yoga pants.
Kelly is most famous for her role on the hit television show Friday Night Lights. Her parents are Rick Dufay, former Aerosmith guitarist, and Maureen Dumont Kelly, an exotic dancer (you can probably guess where she gets her good looks from). If you’re a sports fan, then you probably know Kelly as Derek Jeter’s former girlfriend.
18. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba has been just about every guy’s crush since the early 2000s, when she starred in the TV show Dark Angel. She’s since been in films like Fantastic Four, Good Luck Chuck, Sin City, and Into the Blue. But she’s not just a pretty face. She’s also a savvy businesswoman. In 2012, she co-founded The Honest Company, which sells non-toxic household products and beauty products. Alba is worth an estimated $340 million. But that’s not the point of this list. We want to know whether or not she looks good in yoga pants. The answer? A resounding yes.
17. Kim Kardashian
You knew she was going to be on this list. Kim Kardashian is a polarizing figure. Some people love the queen of reality television, while others hate her. Some find her beautiful, while others think that her look is too fake. But if you’re into big backsides, then chances are you love her—and you especially love the way she looks in yoga pants. She isn’t afraid to show off her famous derriere, either. She often walks around in formfitting clothing that accentuates her assets.
Kardashian is married to rapper Kanye West, with whom she has two children: North and Saint. Her reality show, Keeping up with the Kardashians, has the highest viewership on the E! Network.
16. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens is known as a fitness freak. She’s often photographed by the paparazzi on her way to or from a workout session, so much, in fact, that it seems as though she practically lives in yoga pants (we’re certainly not complaining). That’s probably why she has such an amazing body. According to Hudgens, her favorite way to break a sweat is through cycling and yoga.
15. Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough first made a name for herself through the show Dancing with the Stars, where she was a two-time champion. Since then, she has gone on to star in several movies, including Footloose and Rock of Ages, and release two successful albums. She gets her incredible body from dancing. She’s also admitted to being a gym junkie and says that she does cardio and strength training.
Hough dated Ryan Seacrest for roughly three years before calling it quits. She is now engaged to Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich.
14. Jen Selter
Jen Selter is a social media celebrity who has often been described as having the best butt in the world. So it only makes sense that she looks incredible in yoga pants. She has more than 8 million followers on Instagram and has appeared in such magazines as Maxim, Elle, Vanity Fair, and People. Ever wondered how much a social media star makes? She earns about $50,000 per sponsored post, all thanks to her impressive gluteus maximus.
13. Jennifer Lopez
Before Kim Kardashian, there was Jennifer Lopez. There’s a famous story that Lopez’s backside is so special that she had to take out an insurance policy for it. And it’s true. According to Business Insider, her posterior is insured for $27 million.
Lopez hasn’t slowed down a bit over the years. Thanks to a rigorous workout plan, at 46 years old she looks better than ever. She’s currently the star of the cop show Shades of Blue, and she signed on for a residency show, which includes twenty dates, at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood.
12. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has taken Hollywood by storm in the past few years. Not only has she starred in blockbuster hits like X-Men and The Hunger Games, but she’s also been nominated for four (and won one) Academy Awards. She has a rare combination of talent and beauty. But perhaps the sexiest part about her is her down-to-earth attitude. She’s a real human being, just like the rest of us—she just happens to be gorgeous. Unlike many young Hollywood starlets, she seems to have a pretty healthy attitude about her body, saying that she would never starve herself for a movie role. She also said she’d rather look strong than skinny.
11. Sofia Vergara
Colombian-born actress Sofia Vergara has starred in several movies before Modern Family, including Chasing Papi and Four Brothers, but it wasn’t until she played the role of Gloria that she became a household name. Vergara is famous for her sexy curves, and she loves to show them off by wearing tight, revealing dresses. At 43 years old, she can still pull off yoga pants.
10. Candice Swanepoel
South African Candice Swanepoel is one of the biggest models in the world, being named in Forbes’ top-earning models list on more than one occasion. She’s been on the cover of several magazines and ranked number one on Maxim’s 2014 “Hot 100 List.”
This picture of Swanepoel in orange yoga pants is from her photo shoot with The Upside, a clothing company that makes workout attire. You can clearly see why she’s one of the most coveted models in the business. She recently got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Hermann Nicoli, who’s also a model. They met when she was just 17 years old.
9. Nina Agdal
At just 23 years old, Nina Agdal from Denmark has already made quite a name for herself in the modeling world. She’s modeled for a number of big brands, including Victoria’s Secret, and she was the cover model for the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In the past, she’s been linked to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and The Wanted’s Max George. She is currently dating Reid Heidenry, a fellow model. With her long, lean legs, Agdal is an absolute stunner, and she happens to look great in yoga pants (or anything, for that matter).
8. Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner isn’t your typical Kardashian. She’s nearly six feet tall and isn’t particularly curvy (i.e. she doesn’t have the trademark Kardashian backside). But that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t look great in yoga pants. In fact, many would say that Kendall, a successful model who has worked for Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret, among others, is the most beautiful of the reality show family.
7. Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid is the it-girl in the modeling world these days. And it’s easy to see why. Her good looks have landed her on the pages of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and Paper Magazine. Hadid was also named a Victoria’s Secret model and appeared in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was in a relationship with singer Cody Simpson before moving on to former One Direction member Zayn Malik. She is also friends with Kendall Jenner—it’s hard to tell which one looks better in yoga pants, but we have to give Hadid the edge.
6. Megan Fox
Ever since she starred opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers, men around the world have been obsessed with Megan Fox. FHM named her the sexiest woman in the world in 2008 and she’s been on countless other “hottest women” lists. She recently starred in This is 40 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Before separating in 2015, she was married to actor Brian Austin Green, with whom she has two children. Despite being a mother of two, she still looks great in yoga pants. In order to get her body back to its former slender shape for Ninja Turtles, she did resistance training at least three times a day.
5. Shia LaBeouf
Hey, we’ve got to have a few female readers, right? Many people thought that Shia LaBeouf’s hot pink yoga pants were a part of his breakdown and drunken shenanigans in the 2014, but he actually wore them for a good cause. Ellen DeGeneres challenged him to wear the pants — which read, “Ellen for the cure,” on the back — for breast cancer awareness. She said that if he did so, Ulta Beauty would donate $10,000 to breast cancer research. Not one to shy away from bizarre fashion choices, LaBeouf accepted the challenge and was photographed wearing the skintight yoga pants. He’s also been known to wear purple pants with pink shoes, but that appears to be a personal choice.
4. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Another Victoria’s Secret model. This time it’s English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who’s also the face of Burberry and British retailer Marks & Spencer. Huntington-Whiteley recently made the move into acting with roles in Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, in which she plays Angharad the Splendid. She’s been dating actor Jason Statham since 2010, and the couple recently announced their engagement. While Huntington-Whiteley is famous for wearing lingerie, she looks just as good in yoga pants.
3. Ronda Rousey & Carmen Electra
This one’s a two for one: UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and glamor model/actress Carmen Electra. The two beauties were photographed together in 2012 while Rousey was showing Electra some moves. It appears to be a light sparring session for the benefit of the camera, since both women are heavily made up.
It’s safe to say that Rousey would win in an actual fight, but when it comes to who looks better in yoga pants, it’s not as clear. Some prefer tough, strong women like Rousey, while others prefer a more feminine beauty like Electra. You can’t lose either way with this picture.
2. Kelly Brook
Who says women have to be supermodel thin in order to be sexy? Kelly Brook proves that voluptuous curves can be just as beautiful, if not more. Brook is an English model and actress who appeared in such classics as Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo, Piranha 3D, and Survival Island. Okay, so maybe they aren’t classics, but she is certainly fun to look at in them. She’s also fun to look at when she’s showing off her curves in a pair of yoga pants.
Brooks has been romantically linked to a number of famous men, including Jason Statham and Titanic’s Billy Zane.
1. Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco is the star of one of the most popular shows on television: The Big Bang Theory. She credits her amazing physique to plenty of yoga, which she says she does five times a week. And does it ever show. You can bet that part of The Big Bang Theory’s success has to do with the fact that millions of men are tuning in just to see her.
Cuoco was previously linked to Big Bang costar Johnny Galecki, and she was married to professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting for a short period before the two divorced.