The odds are, most of us (especially those of us with older siblings) may have felt at one point or another that we were living in their shadow. Maybe they were better looking, smarter, or more popular. Those who can relate, probably spent years and years (or may still be) trying to forge their own identities and find their own strengths. Now, imagine if the shadow you were living in was being cast not by your sibling but by your father; your very rich, very famous, professional athlete father. You thought you’d never get over your sister becoming head cheerleader! And though you may think that the ten sexy and successful athlete’s daughters that made this list are only here by association, that may be the case, but some of these ladies also prove that though they may never eclipse their famous father’s shadow, they’ll do whatever it takes to get their own time in the spotlight.
10. Jordin Sparks: Phillippi Sparks
Jordin must have made her father (former New York Giants defensive back) mighty proud when at 17, she became the youngest winner of American Idol. Seven years later, the 24-year old has sold more than two million albums, appeared on Broadway, launched her own perfume, and made the list of People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful.’ After losing an astonishing 50 pounds, the future Mrs. Derullo (she’s engaged to chart-topping singer, Jason Derulo) made her bikini cover debut and the sexy pics haven’t stopped since. You’re sure to catch the Battlefield singer appearing on a red carpet near you decked out in a form fitting dress or posting revealing photos on her Instagram. Later this year, Sparks will star alongside Nicholas Cage in the thriller, Left Behind.
9. Alyonka Larionov: Igor Larionov
Daughter of Detroit Red Wings legend and Hockey Hall of Famer, model, actress and singer (she made American Idol’s Hollywood Round back in 2008) Alyonka Larionov is no stranger to attention. This Moscow-born beauty is no stranger to the men’s locker room either – in the past she’s been a hockey correspondent for TSN and the former face of ‘Sauce Hockey’ – a clothing company inspired by hockey and fashion. Currently, you can catch the 27-year-old stunner hosting and producing for Barclays Center TV.
8. Bianca La Russa: Tony La Russa
This former Radierette cheerleader sure knows how to shake a pom pom (due to a serious back injury she had to quit the squad before the season began) but she still knows how to shake a pom pom! Her famous dad is none other than former St. Louis Cardinal’s coach Tony La Russa, known in the biz as one of the greatest managers in the history of baseball. The eldest daughter from his second marriage, this brunette bombshell is a trained dancer and an animal lover- she’s helped to save the lives of countless strays through her dad’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
7. Laila Ali: Muhammad Ali
You don’t mess with the daughter of a boxer. Especially when her father is legendary heavyweight Muhammad Ali. And did we mention Laila is a successful boxer in her own right (to date she’s had 24 wins, 0 losses, 21 by KO) so you probably don’t want to mess with her either. Known as a knockout outside of the ring, the 36-year-old has become a television fixture over the years showing off her sensual moves on Dancing With the Stars and hosting the revival of American Gladiators. Told her whole life that she “was too pretty to box” in 2013 she proved she’s still got the goods when she showed off her toned body in People Magazine wearing nothing but a teeny, hot pink bikini.
6. Brooke Hogan: Hulk Hogan
Known for being the breakout star of the former VH1 reality series Hogan Knows Best which chronicled the lives of ‘The Hulkster‘ and his family, Brooke Hogan, now 25 made headlines when at 21, she became the youngest cover model of men’s lifestyle magazine FHM – prompting the mag to remove any advertising that included liquor from its pages. More than just a bangin’ bod, Brooke is also a successful pop star with two albums under her belt and has starred in her own television series, Brooke Knows Best. Later this year, she will make a cameo appearance in College Fright Night a film (according to movie site IMDb) about “beer, babes and vampires.”
5. Deiondra Sanders: Deion Sanders
How many men can say they were both a former professional football AND baseball player? Deion Sanders, that’s who. And in 2013 his daughter, Deiondra showed the world she’s as sporty as her dad when she joined the Atlanta Peaches, one of five teams comprising the Bikini Basketball Association. Contrary to its name, the league which features women wearing sports bras and boy shorts (not bikinis) still had dad feeling a little “upset” at the thought of his little girl baring it for all to see. Though Deiondra left the team just two months later, she proved she’s got brains to go with the beauty – she currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is pursuing a degree in nursing.
4. Brittny Gastineau: Mark Gastineau
When your father is former New York Jets player Mark Gastineau (a five time Pro Bowler) you’re probably used to tackling things head on. And that’s just what his daughter, 31-year-old Brittny Gastineau did when she moved to New York and began a super successful modelling career. She has appeared on the cover of countless fashion mags including Lucire and Social Life, has walked the runway for big name designers like Anna Sui and and inked lucrative deals with beauty companies MAC and L’Oréal Paris. The former E! star was ranked number 60 on Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ list and is known to rub shoulders with other well endowed daughters of the rich – her bestie is reality queen, Kim Kardashian.
3. Deepika Padukone: Padeesh Padukone
This list wouldn’t be complete without including the alluring actress and model, Deepika Padukone. The 28-year-old is the daughter of badminton legend Padeesh , the first Indian to win the All England Championship. His daughter is no stranger to accolades as well, winning the prestigious ‘Model of the Year’ award in 2005 and slowly becoming one of India’s leading film stars and highest paid Bollywood actresses. And if you’re still unsure of just how hot she really is, titles bestowed on her over the years include ‘World’s Sexiest Woman,’ ‘India’s Most Beautiful’ and she’s topped Indian Maxim’s ‘Hot 100 list.’
2. Kendall Jenner: Bruce Jenner
Though Kendall Jenner may be known more for being Kim K‘s sister than the daughter of gold medal Olympian, Bruce Jenner, one thing’s for sure: those long limbs which have catapulted this 18-year-old beauty into the fashion industry, are courtesy of the Jenner and not the Kardashian genes. At a whopping 5 ft 10, this supermodel-in-the-making recently made headlines when she walked the runway for Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week wearing a sheer top (sans bra). Her latest catwalking adventures saw her in ‘The City of Lights’ modelling the latest looks from industry giants including Chanel and Givenchy. Her front row cheerleader was none other than ‘rapper terrible‘ and future brother-in-law, Kanye West.
1. Paulina Gretzky: Wayne Gretzky
The eldest daughter of the world’s most famous hockey player, Paulina, 25, had tongues wagging back in 2011 when she posted steamy photos on her twitter account clad in nothing but skimpy bikinis and revealing lingerie. Flash forward three years and it’s obvious that Paulina has grown (literally) landing the cover of Maxim in 2013 and appearing alongside Adam Sandler and Selma Hayek as “Bikini Girl Daisy” in Grown Ups 2. And though you may be thinking, “Does this girl do nothing but take bikini selfies?” Well yes, but she also recently got engaged (the pictures she posted of the ring on twitter are HUGE too). The lucky man is 29-year-old pro-golfer, Dustin Johnson. The couple met at a party thrown by The ‘Great One’ himself just eight months prior to announcing their engagement. And for those worried that the scandalous pics will come to an end now that she’s taken, rest assured that won’t be the case. It was Paulina and not Justin who recently grabbed all of the media attention when she accompanied her fiancé on a tournament in Hawaii. It may be because of her famous daddy but we think the skintight, low-cut outfits she wore to cheer him on may have had something to do with it.
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