Beauty is objective, but there seems to be something about certain women that makes them worthy of being professional models with wide-ranging fans. Count me uninformed, but I just don't see the difference between models like Giselle Bundchen and your average Instagram hottie with a couple thousand followers. In fact, for my money, most professional models are way too skinny and could use a bit of meat on their bones. Strong athletes with muscle definition are definitely hotter than women who count calories and sometimes starve themselves to look thin. It's for that reason why so many sports fans list professional athletes when reciting their list of hottest women.
It's true. A hardcore sports fan is more likely to name Genie Bouchard or Hilary Knight (if you haven't, check out her ESPN: The Body photo shoot) as their dream girl rather than Bella or Gigi Hadid; don't get me wrong, they're both incredibly beautiful, but there's an added hot factor that comes with being a skilled athlete. That's why these 15 women under 25 years old are among our favorites - they're talented and beautiful. And if their talent somehow fades (see Genie Bouchard), they'll have no trouble making a living off of their looks.
15 Shelina Zadorsky
Whereas several of the professional models previously mentioned have millions of followers on various social media platforms, this 25 year old Canadian soccer player has only 22,000 Instagram followers, which is surprising given the fact she's an absolute babe. The University of Michigan alumnus is currently playing for the Washington Spirit as a defender. She previously played for the Swedish club Vittsjo GIK and won a bronze medal with the Canadian national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
14 Lani Doherty
A 24 year old native of Maui, it should be no surprise that Lani Doherty is a professional surfer, not just because of where she's from, but also due to the fact both her parents were surfers. In fact, she participated in her first surfing competition when she was seven years old and, by the time she was 15, won the junior women's and women's open divisions at the Hoo-kipa Surfing Challenge Neil Pryde Maui.
13 Mattie Rogers
Admit it. You weren't expecting to find a weightlifter on this list, were you? Yet, Florida-based, 22 year old Mattie Rogers is not only one of the hottest women in the sport, but certainly one of the best-looking women in all of athletics - there's a reason, after all, that she has nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram, beside the fact that she has represented the United States in multiple international competitions and holds the national record in the snatch, clean & jerk, and total. In fact, Rogers, who is listed at 148 pounds, has lifted 295 pounds in the clean & jerk.
12 Paige VanZant
You may not have heard of some of the women on this list, but Paige VanZant has quite a large national profile, given her involvement in the UFC (in fact, she's scheduled to fight Jessica Rose-Clark on January 14 during UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, so check that out) as well as appearances on Dancing with the Stars and Chopped. She's also releasing an autobiography in the coming year. Oh, and she's still only 23 years old.
11 Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens was a once-promising American tennis star who seemingly fizzled out due to a variety of reasons. That was, of course, until she surprisingly won the 2017 U.S. Open and put some character back into the tournament in the absence of Serena Williams; Stephens was genuinely shocked when she was given a giant check for $3.7 million. When asked by a reporter if she will be even more motivated to win more Grand Slams, she replied: "Of course. Did you see that check that lady gave me?"
10 Leticia Bufoni
A lot of popular musicians and celebrities don't even have one million followers on Instagram, which is why it's incredible to think that 24 year old Brazilian-born professional street skateboarder Leticia Bufoni has over 1.6 million. I mean, it's not all that surprising considering she's one of the most beautiful extreme sports athletes today, but it gives you an idea of her popularity in such a fringe sport.
9 Tiffany Suarez
We'd be remiss if we ignored college sports, where there's seemingly a model-type woman on every roster in every sport. In basketball, there's few woman as hot as Tiffany Suarez, a former University of Virginia and Fordham University player who recently transferred to Eastern Michigan University. The 5-foot-11 guard doesn't see the floor much and only averaged 2.3 points per game during her time with Virginia, but she's described by her coaches as a talented playmaker.
8 Amber Hill
You can be the president of an anti-gun club, but you're still going to find Amber Hill of Great Britain absolutely stunning. The skeet shooter represented Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and recently won a gold medal at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships, so yeah, she's not only incredibly sexy, but equally as talented.
7 Sierra Blair-Coyle
So, we've covered surfers, skateboarders, and skeet shooters, but those aren't the only fringe sports with beautiful women worthy of holding down a modeling job. You probably weren't certain professional rock climbing was a sport, but it's something you should follow moving forward, if only to catch a glimpse of Sierra Blair-Coyle, a 23 year old who has competed professionally for nearly a decade. She's a two-time Junior National Champion and marketing graduate of Arizona State University.
6 Maggie Cory
Every other woman on this list has a public Instagram account because attention is almost always a positive thing. The more people that know your name, the more successful you can be in the real world, once your athletic career is over. That isn't the case with Maggie Cory who, earlier this year, made her account private after a popular publication dubbed her the hottest player in all of college hockey. And boy were they right.
5 Grete Sadeiko
Grete Sadeiko is an Estonian heptathlete who you might know better as the fiance of former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The 24 year old Sadeiko gave birth to the couple's first child back in July, but is already back in incredible shape, which isn't much of a surprise given she trained as a world-class athlete for much of her life.
4 Genie Bouchard
This one is no surprise. You've been aware of Genie Bouchard since she broke onto the women's tennis scene a few years ago at the Australian Open and went on to have an incredible season, reaching the semi-finals in a pair of Grand Slams before her career went off track the following year after an injury at the U.S. Open. Right now, Bouchard isn't even in the conversation as one of the best female tennis players, whereas she once appeared to be headed for that distinction.
3 Winifer Fernandez
A 22 year old native of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Winifer Fernandez rose to fame during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games not for her athletic talents (although she is a very good volleyball player, as evidenced by making the Olympic team) but for her beautiful looks accompanied by her bountiful backside.
2 Alicia Schmidt
A potential track star at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, German sprinter Alicia Schmidt was dubbed the "Sexiest Athlete in the World" earlier in 2017 and it's easy to see why. The 18 year old blonde bombshell has grown up in a world where social media is king and she certainly embraces the power it has to turn someone into a star based on their looks. Make no mistake, she's supremely talented, but she doesn't mind giving us up-close looks at her long, beautiful body, and for that we're thankful.
1 Paige Spiranac
You've probably heard of Paige Spiranac for a number of years now, so it might be surprising to hear that the professional golfer and University of Arizona alumnus is still only 24 years old. While she likely isn't going to win any LPGA tournaments any time soon, she will have her place in the history books as she is basically the reason for the association introducing a more strict dress code. She was also one of the most vocal critics of the new dress code.
She did so to empower women to wear what's comfortable when golfing and she definitely had plenty of male supporters in that cause, if only for the opportunity to see more of her in tight-fitting and revealing clothing. Otherwise, you can visit her Instagram account, where the big-chested blonde proudly shows off her shapely figure.
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