The paparazzi make a living based on catching world-famous celebrities as they go about their daily life. Sometimes, they catch celebs in awkward and embarrassing moments or not looking their best. At the same time, catching celebs looking steamy and sultry is just as good. However, for the paparazzi, nothing compares to catching a gorgeous female athlete going about their day.
The paparazzi will lurk in the shadows hoping to catch the perfect pic of the finest female sports stars. These athletes are huge stars in their respected sports but are starting to branch out. Several of them have received offers to model and appear in film and television. However, no modelling pic can compare to some of the images caught by the paparazzi. There is a great risk that photographers take when trying to catch a candid pic of these world-class athletes. They can’t outrun them and will likely get knocked out in a fistfight. However, it’s all worth it for that one provocative image that will make jaws drop around the world. Still, many of them are putting their lives in great danger to snap these pics. These female athletes are the best at what they do and just happen to be beautiful. Here is a look at 15 Paparazzi Pics of Female Athletes We Can’t Look Away From.
15 Danica Patrick
Paparazzi usually have a difficult time taking pictures of Danica Patrick. She’s usually in a car driving away from them. In this pic, they were lucky enough to catch her on the beach looking red-hot in a red bikini. She is considered the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. She became the first female NASCAR driver to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. In 2013, she competed in the Daytona 500 finishing in 8th place. This is the highest finish for a woman in the history of the Daytona 500. She became world-famous for her impressive driving but also due to her stunning looks. In 2005, she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2008. It’s safe to say that she is one of the most beautiful race car drivers in the history of NASCAR.
14 McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney is a world champion gymnast who has represented the United States at the Olympics. Often, her best pics have been when she is completely unaware she’s being photographed. Here, she shows off her legs but she is best known for her memorable facial expressions. She won gold medals in the team and vault competitions at the 2011 World Championships. In 2013, she successfully defended her world championship becoming the first competitor in vault to do so. In 2012, she won a gold and silver medal at the London Olympics. While receiving her silver medal, she couldn’t hide her disappointment and was clearly not impressed at coming in second. Instantly, her “not impressed” photograph went viral and became an Internet phenomenon. In 2016, she announced her retirement from gymnastics. However, that won’t stop the paparazzi from trying to take pics of her, although they obviously don’t impress her.
13 Carmen Jordá
Race car driver Carmen Jordá is usually in the driver’s seat tearing up the speedways. In this pic, a photographer caught her looking stunning in a pair of short jean shorts. She first made a name for herself in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. In 2010 at the Streets of Long Beach, she had her best career finish when she placed in the top ten. In 2015, she joined the Louts F1 as a developmental driver. She became only the 11th woman to be included on a Formula 1 team’s driver lineup. In 2016, the team was bought out and became the Renault Sport Formula One Team. She has received some criticism for being a “marketing gimmick” because of her looks. However, she has defended herself and her skills. This paparazzi pic clearly demonstrates that Jordá always looks gorgeous. It doesn’t matter if she’s strolling down the street or setting the speedways on fire, she’s always sizzling.
12 Maria Sharapova
This image proves that it’s impossible for Maria Sharapova to take a bad pic. Even when she’s completely unaware and paying no attention, she still takes an alluring pic. She even strikes a sultry little pose like she’s on a photo shoot. She’s just a natural at everything she does. She has won the U.S. Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and two French Opens giving her a total a 5 Grand Slam titles. She also won a Silver Medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She was ranked the number 1 tennis player in the world on 5 occasions between 2005 and 2012. Her incredible beauty and skills have helped her branch out into other opportunities. She signed endorsement deals with Nike, Canon, and was the face of Cole Haan. For four consecutive years, Maxim named her the Hottest Athlete in the World. She’s also appeared in several editions of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
11 Lindsay Vonn
If the paparazzi is looking to catch some gorgeous celebs on their day-off looking “hideous,” then Lindsay Vonn is the wrong target. It turns out that no matter what time of day, Vonn is always breathtaking. Vonn is a world champion alpine ski racer known all over the world. She won three consecutive world titles between 2008 and 2010 with a fourth in 2012. This makes her only one of two females to win 4 World Cups. She also won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She became a favorite target for photographers because of her stunning looks and personal relationships. She gained a great deal of attention for dating pro golfer Tiger Woods. She’s also appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on Maxim’s Hot 100. She’s considered the face of alpine skiing, and the reasons are obvious when looking at this image.
10 Sydney Leroux
In this pic, it’s not one but two of the most talented and beautiful female athletes in the world. Soccer stars Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan, heat up the beach in their tiny bikinis. We’ll get to Morgan a little later, but for now, let’s focus on Leroux, which shouldn’t be too difficult judging from the pic. There are supermodels that wish they looked as stunning as Sydney does in her red bikini. Currently, Leroux plays for the FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League. Her biggest achievements came as a member of the United States women’s national team. In 2012, she helped the team win an Olympic Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2015, the U.S. team had another huge victory, this time winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The photographer that snapped this image likely made a fortune from the pic.
9 Ronda Rousey
The photographer that took this pic is very lucky it turned out so great. Had it not, there is a very good chance that Ronda Rousey would tap him out with an arm bar. Rousey is a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. At one time, she was one of the most dominant fighters in the world. She won 12 consecutive fights before suffering her first loss. Despite not competing in the UFC for nearly a year, she is currently ranked number 5 on UFC’s official Women’s Bantamweight rankings as of November 8th. Many considered her the greatest female athlete of all time. In addition to being a fighting machine, she is also very beautiful and has magazines knocking down her door. She has appeared on the covers of Maxim, The Ring, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This might not be the cover of a major magazine but she certainly makes it impossible to look away as she struts her stuff.
8 Anna Kournikova
At one time, Anna Kournikova was the most famous female athlete in the world. Despite being forced to retire, she remains one of the most popular tennis players of all time. To this day, she is regarded as one of the most beautiful women in sports. At the height of her popularity, she was the most searched celeb on Google. In 2000, the WTA ranked her at number 8 in the world, although she never won a singles title. She was much more successful as a doubles player and was ranked at number 1 in the world. Along with her partner, Martina Hingis, they won two WTA Championships and two Grand Slam titles. Despite becoming the world’s most famous tennis star, she retired prematurely due to a severe back injury. Regardless of her retirement, she is still a favorite target for paparazzi. It’s hard to blame photographers when they snap stunning pics like this.
7 Michelle Jenneke
Before each of Michelle Jenneke’s races, photographers push each other out of the way to snap a pic of her in action. Most of them don’t care about the race. It’s her pre-match routine that has them going crazy. She competes mostly in hurdling events and won a silver medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She also competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. However, she is best known for her pre-match warm-up dance. She first did her warm-up dance at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, and the video instantly went viral. This steamy dance gained her worldwide media attention. She was featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As evidenced in the pic, she continues to do her dance before each race. It usually receives more attention than the race she competes in. It’s nearly impossible to look away from Michelle when she’s in action.
6 Serena Williams
Serena Williams is widely regarded as the greatest female tennis player of all time. Her success has resulted in mainstream coverage and modelling opportunities. However, there are not many pics that are as luscious as this candid shot of Serena. She has won the second most Grand Slam singles titles of all time with 23. Additionally, Serena has won four Olympic Gold Medals and with her sister, Venus, won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. She was ranked the number 1 singles player on 8 separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. In total, she was the number 1 ranked tennis player in the world for 319 weeks. She appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues on several occasions. She has also signed numerous endorsement deals, including Pepsi, Aston Martin, and Beats by Dre. It’s obvious from this pic why all those companies would want Serena to be the face of their brand.
5 Alex Morgan
Historically, soccer (or football, as it’s better known) has never been very popular in the United States. However, in the last several years, women’s soccer has started to catch on, and some of the credit must go to football star Alex Morgan. She is a member of the United States women’s national team and currently plays for the Orlando Pride of the NWSL. In 2012, she played a crucial role in helping the U.S. national team win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic games in London. In 2015, she helped lead the U.S. national team to another major victory as they won the FIFA’s Women’s World Cup. Her success on the field and incredible beauty has resulted in a great deal of success off the field. She’s landed major endorsement deals and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated several times, in addition to appearing in the Swimsuit Issue.
4 Paige VanZant
Don’t let Paige VanZant’s stunning beauty and innocent smile fool you because she isn’t just a gorgeous knockout. If you mess with her, she’ll knock you out. VanZant is a mixed martial artist that competes in the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight division. As of November 8th, she is ranked at number 10 on the official UFC Women’s Flyweight rankings. She is a warrior in the Octagon known for her aggressive grappling and striking style. Her success in the Octagon resulted in her competing on the reality competition series Dancing with the Stars. VanZant and her dance partner made it to the finals but ended up finishing second. She’s dabbled in some modelling early in her career and is landing some major deals now. As demonstrated in this pic, even when she’s headed to the gym for a day of intense training, she still looks like she belongs on the cover of Vogue.
3 Anastasia Ashley
Photographers love to follow Anastasia Ashley around the beach. They get to spend a day at the beach and get to take pics of her looking gorgeous. She’s a perfect 10 and is guaranteed to deliver the most beautiful images. Ashley is a world-famous pro surfer but is starting to turn heads as a model. She won her first surf contest at the age of 6 after finding a board in a trashcan. She won her first major title at the young age of 16. In 2003, she won the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year. In 2010, she won the Pipeline Women’s Pro in Hawaii. Her success has resulted in a very successful modelling career. In fact, she often steals the spotlight when appearing alongside the most famous models. In 2014, she appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. This photographer snapped a pic of her while shooting her latest and steamiest photoshoot for SI.
2 Eugenie Bouchard
Oftentimes, the paparazzi can be intrusive and disrupt the lives of celebs and athletes. The public is usually against photographers for crossing boundaries. However, there is a good chance that this isn’t one of those times. There is nobody complaining about this red-hot image of Genie Bouchard in action. This photographer caught a candid pic of Bouchard having fun at a tennis event. She first gained wide recognition after winning the 2013 WTA Newcomer of the Year. In 2014, she made it to the finals of the Wimbledon Championship. Additionally, she reached the semi-finals of both the 2014 French Open and the 2014 Australian Open. For obvious reasons, most major brands want to work with her and want her to be the face of their products. She has signed endorsement deals with Nike, Babolat, and Coca-Cola. Not only is she a world champion tennis player but she should also win an award for steamiest athlete in yoga pants.
1 Allison Stokke
This is the kind of sultry paparazzi pic that can make a photographer’s career. That’s why so many of them attend track and field events now. None will give up the chance to snap a shot of the incredibly beautiful Allison Stokke. She first gained attention as a pole-vaulter in high school after breaking several records. At the age of 17, a pic of her competing at an event instantly went viral, and she became an Internet sensation. This resulted in the paparazzi following her every move. Despite all the attention, she continues to pursue an education at the University of California Berkley where she continues to break several records. She has started working as a fitness model and worked with several top brands, including Uniqlo, Athleta, and Nike. It’s obvious from this pic that she’ll have a great career as a model. However, it’s also evident from this pic that she is much more focused on her pole-vaulting career.