Thanks to the invention of social media, fans can keep track of their favorite athletes like never before. These athletes share their thoughts, highlights, and even photos with their fans; often times on a daily basis. With popular sites like Twitter and Instagram, we can even find out what our favorite sports personality had for dinner in some instances.

Besides keeping their fan base up to date, many of today’s top sports stars use social media to promote themselves, as well as many of the side projects they are working on. One of the most effective ways to promote one’s self on social media is by posting sexy photos, in order to get followers’ attention. This method seems to work especially well for many of today’s top female pros.

If you are a guy on Instagram, there a ton of female athletes that you may be following just for the pictures, even if they play a sport you have never watched in your life. For a single guy, this may not be a big deal, but for those out there with wives and girlfriends, it might be difficult to explain to them why you are following Maria Sharapova when you don’t even know what an ace is.

Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are 15 female stars your girlfriend doesn’t want you following and some good explanations you can give her as to why you do.

15. Danica Patrick

Beloit, Wisconsin’s Danica Patrick is one of the most famous NASCAR drivers in the entire sport, due in no small part to her movie star good looks. Beauty aside, Patrick does have some impressive racing credentials. She is the only woman to win an IndyCar Series Race and placed 3rd in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious races in the sport.

Explaining To The GF: Those who follow Patrick know that the stunning 5-foot-2 brunette post some pretty hot photos on Instagram. If your girlfriend catches you browsing her page, simply tell her that you admire Patrick’s fearless attitude and ability to break barriers in sports that dominated by men. This could help you get out of trouble next time your checking out Patrick in a bikini shot such as this one.

14. Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn is hands down the world’s most famous alpine ski racer. The tall blonde has captured an Olympic gold medal and numerous world titles, at just 33 years of age. Moreover, Vonn’s undeniable sex appeal has helped her gain more than few fans that likely wouldn’t otherwise be following an Alpine skier. If you happen to be one of Vonn’s roughly 1.1 million Instagram followers, you can expect to see several fun photos, like the one shown here.

Explaining To The GF: Trying to come up with a reason that your following someone in a relatively obscure sport, other than the fact that they’re gorgeous, is going to be tough. Vonn did date Tiger Woods at one point, so try saying, “I just wanted to see what Tiger’s ex is up to these days.”

13. Jen Selter

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Jen Selter is a fitness model and social media sensation. Despite having limited credentials, the New Yorker has managed to roundup over 11.6 million Instagram followers, with the combination of a few fitness tips and a very prominent rear end. To put that in perspective, Jen Selter has more Instagram followers than Maria Sharapova, Danica Patrick, and Lindsay Vonn combined.

Explaining To The GF: This might be the toughest one on the list to try an explain, especially given that almost her entire Instagram page features the fitness guru posing in very provocative attire. You could always say that you were looking for some fitness advice, but that’s admittedly a pretty weak excuse. It’s probably best to just to try really hard not to get caught in this case.

12. Aly Raisman

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Alexandra “Aly” Raisman is a gymnast who is best known for winning gold medals in consecutive Olympic games. She was the captain of the US Olympic teams in both 2012 and 2016, known as the “Fierce Five” and the “Final Five” respectively. Folks may also know Raisman for her appearance on the popular television show, Dancing With The Stars. The young gymnast is now 23 years of age and grown up to be quite an attractive woman. This leads one to conclude that at least some of her 2.2 million Instagram followers are male admirers.

Explaining To The GF: If your lady friend wants to know why you are following the stunning gymnast on Instagram, try telling her you were going to purchase her book Fierce (which is promoted on her page) for a relative; perhaps a niece or nephew.

11. Nikki Bella

Honey B Glam & Saint Laurent 💋 #honeybglam #saintlaurent #bootseason #ysl #lagence #louisvuitton

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Nikki Bella is a professional wrestler who is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Bella is a former two-time Divas Champion and held the title longer than any female in the company’s history. Outside of wrestling, she is also known for starring the hit E! reality television shows Total Divas and Total Bellas, alongside her twin sister Brie. Nikki Bella is one of the hottest females in all of wrestling, so it’s safe to assume that a good portion of her 6.5 million Instagram followers are males.

Explaining To The GF: If you get caught checking out the curvaceous Bella Twin on Instagram, you may have to think fast. Tell your lady friend that you wanted to see what wrestler John Cena’s (her fiancé ) girlfriend look likes. Then tell her you don’t see what all the fuss is about (which is a lie of course).

10. Paige VanZant

At just 23 years of age, Oregon native Paige VanZant has already established herself as one of the most popular fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts. She currently fights in the UFC’s newly formed women’s flyweight division and is rumored to be getting a title shot in the very near future, even having lost 2 of her last 3 fights. Despite her recent rough patch, the 5-foot-4 blonde does have some impressive victories over fighters like Felice Herrig and Bec Rawlings.

Explaining To The GF: Besides being a hottie, VanZant is also an entertaining fighter who competes in a sport with a fan base that’s mostly made up of men. Perhaps try showing your GF a video of VanZant in action to help her understand your fandom. Who knows? You might even get lucky and turn your girlfriend into an MMA fan after watching PVZ in action.

9. Eugenie Bouchard

‪Itsss ma burffdayyyy 😁🎉🎈‬#23

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After a breakout season back in 2014, when she was ranked as high as number 5 in the world, tennis star Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard has struggled to recapture the magic. That being said, despite her recent setbacks, the blonde Canadian is still one of the most popular players on the WTA Tour, due in no small part to her physical appearance. The 5-foot-10 blonde bombshell is one of the most attractive athletes in any sport today. In fact, she was even asked to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Explaining To The GF: If one gets caught checking out Bouchard’s page, ask your GF if she heard the story of the tennis star who dated a social media follower after losing a Super Bowl bet on Twitter, then show her the picture. This is a true story, so make it seem like you were just trying to find out who she is.

8. Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac is a controversial pro golfer who was invited to LPGA tour, due in large part to her popularity on social media. The stunning blonde managed to gain 1.2 million followers on Instagram, by posting photos of herself in figure flattering attire both on and off the golf course. Due to Spiranac’s choice of attire on the course, the LPGA introduced a stricter dress code for female players in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the blonde Instagram sensation has been one of the most outspoken critics of the new code.

Explaining To The GF: Since Spiranac isn’t the most accomplished golfer, following her on Instagram will be tough to explain. You could always try and say you are outraged that the LPGA is trying to tell this poor girl what to wear and that you are supporting her fight against the organization.

7. Christmas Abbott

Christmas Abbott is a CrossFit Games competitor, who is arguably best known for appearing on the hit reality television show, Big Brother. Besides being an athlete and reality star, Abbott also made racing history by becoming the first female to be a member of a  NASCAR pit crew. The muscular fitness guru isn’t shy about posting photos of her impressive physique on her Instagram page, for her 650,000 followers to enjoy.

Explaining To The GF: Fortunately, for those caught ogling Christmas Abbott photos, she has a very inspirational story as to how she became a fitness buff. Just tell your lady how Christmas Abbott used to smoke and do drugs until she discovered the world of fitness and turned her life around. Let her know how the story inspires you; maybe there is even a hint a truth there.

6. Michelle Waterson

The look you give your alarm clock on Monday morning… 😆😆😆 #getonnit 📷@thefoxidentity

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Colorado native Michelle Waterson is a mixed martial artist who is currently the number 6 ranked fighter in the UFC’s strawweight division. The 5-foot-3 striker has a professional record of 14-5, with wins over fighters like Paige VanZant and Jessica Penne. Waterson previously fought for the all-female promotion Invicta FC, where she held the Atomweight Championship. The MMA standout’s marketable appearance has helped her earn the nickname “The Karate Hottie.”

Explaining To The GF: Following Waterson is much easier to explain than some of the other beautiful ladies on our list. The strawweight contender is an outstanding athlete who puts on entertaining fights, so there is definitely more to like than just a pretty face. In this instance, the truth may very well set you free.

5. Lolo Jones

Welp back to being single and putting out thirst trap pictures again.

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Lolo Jones is an Olympic hurdler and bobsledder, making her one of only a handful athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. She is the current American record holder in the 60-meter hurdles, having posted a time of 7.72. Jones was also part of a bobsled team that captured a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. Besides being an accomplished athlete, the 5-foot-9 Iowa native is also one of the most attractive females to have ever represented the United States, and she isn’t shy about posting steamy photos on Instagram.

Explaining To The GF: Lolo Jones is still chasing an Olympic medal and plans on competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Simply tell your lady that your learning about some of the competitors for the upcoming games.

4. Lana

Go check out my #Ravishing spread & video shoot @nydailynews ! #SummerSlam (link in bio)

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Catherine Joy (C.J.) Perry is better known by her professional wrestling ring name, Lana. Despite playing a Russian on television, Lana was actually born in Gainesville, Florida. The 32-year-old blonde is probably best known for managing her real-life husband, Rusev. Fans of reality television may recognize Lana for her appearances on shows like Total Divas and Total Bellas. There may even be a few folks that know her as a member of the all-girl pop group, No Means Yes. After seeing photos like this one, it’s easy to understand how the “Ravishing Russian” managed to get 2.5 million followers on Instagram.

Explaining To The GF: Unless you can convince your girlfriend that you were a die-hard No Means Yes fan back in the day, you probably aren’t talking your way out of this one.

3. Dominika Cibulkova

Take me back 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 with my hot babe @barborafranekova on board 👯😍💃🏻

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Slovokia’s 5-foot-3 tennis star Dominika Cibulkova (pictured on the right) may be the shortest woman currently competing on the WTA Tour, but that hasn’t stopped from winning almost $12 million in prize money over the course of her career thus far. The tiny tennis standout has managed to make it to at least the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam tournament as a singles competitor. Though she has yet to win a Grand Slam, the Slovak starlet has managed to gain 337,000 followers on Instagram, likely do in no small part to the steamy bikini pics she seems to enjoy posting.

Explaining To The GF: If you’re a shorter guy, it would probably be fairly easy cite Cibulkova’s ability to overcome significant height discrepancies as the reason for your admiration.

2. Marketa Slukova-Nausch

Marketa Slukova–Nausch is originally from Prague, Czech Republic and is widely considered the greatest volleyball player the country has ever produced. She is probably best known for competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she and her partner Kristyna Kolocova came in 5th overall. Outside of the Olympics, Slukova-Nash has captured three gold FIVB medals. When you’re a gorgeous, 5-foot-11 blonde who makes a living in a bikini, it isn’t hard to get attention on social media.

Explaining To The GF: In truth, explaining to your significant other why you’re following a smoking hot, yet relatively obscure, beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, is way beyond my pay grade. That being said, it might be worth the grief just to get a glimpse of the lovely volleyball star.

1. Maria Sharapova

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Russian born Maria Sharapova has established herself as one of the all-time greats in the sport of professional tennis. She is career Grand Slam winner, meaning that she has won every Grand Slam tournament in the sport. The blonde starlet has managed to bring in over $36 million in prize money over the course of her career thus far. She has also been ranked number 1 in the world on numerous occasions. The leggy 6-foot-2 blonde is easily among the most beautiful athletes in all of sports, which is likely one of the many reasons she has 2.8 million followers on Instagram.

Explaining To The GF: The question here should be, does someone who can’t appreciate Maria Sharapova really belong in your life? The answer should probably be no.

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