According to Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders of Instagram, the photo sharing social media platform was invented so that women could post selfies and flaunt their bodies. In their own words: “Instagram was designed with girl-crazy teenage boys in mind. We wanted to create a social networking service that cut out all the boring words and got right to the good stuff: sexy selfies. For us, that’s where Facebook and Twitter fail: too many posts about what people are doing or eating and not enough pictures of beautiful women in bikinis and workout clothes.” And boy were they right, as Instagram went on to become one of the biggest social media platforms in the world.
Okay, so most of that was made up, but it might as well have been true. The part that wasn’t made up was the fact that Instagram is wildly popular. So popular, in fact, that Facebook bought it for a cool $1 billion. It’s easy enough to believe, however, that the sole purpose of Instagram was to satisfy the lurid desires of, shall we say, excitable males around the world. The photo sharing site has become a virtual dumping ground for hot women’s selfies, a place for them to flaunt their bodies and seek the approval of friends and strangers alike through likes and comments. And celebrities and athletes are no different. In fact, they might be even worse in their desperate need for attention and approval. But, hey, we’re not complaining. So long as beautiful women are willing to flaunt their bodies online, we’re willing to look.
Here’s the list of the top 20 hottest athletes who love to flaunt their bodies on social media. God bless’em!
20 Eva Marie
Eva Marie, born Natalie Marie Coyle, is currently one of the most popular female wrestlers in the WWE, and it’s easy to see why. It’s not because she’s particularly talented; it’s because she’s drop dead gorgeous, with her amazing figure, her signature bright red hair, and her supermodel good looks. Eva Marie has over 3 million followers on Instagram, and, surprise surprise, she loves to flaunt her body on it. Can you blame her? This woman is the reason for the creation of the phrase, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”
19 Kaylyn Kyle
Kaylyn Kyle may not be the most well known name on this list, but she’s definitely one of the hottest, and with one of the best social media presences. She is a pro soccer player who has played for Canada’s national team, helping her country win bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. Her bleach blonde hair and tan skin make her look like a living Barbie doll, and her Instagram account, which has nearly 80,000 followers, is a testament to her beauty.
18 Serena Williams
On top of being the greatest female tennis player of all-time and one of the greatest overall female athletes of all-time, Serena Williams is pretty darn sexy. She had junk in the trunk way before Kim Kardashian came along and made it popular. Now that we’re in the golden era of the big booty, Williams is more popular than ever, as evidenced by the fact that she has well over 3 million followers on Instagram. And you can bet that they’re not all avid tennis fans. Williams has a substantial following because she’s known to post pictures in which she flaunts her incredible physique.
17 Anna Kournikova
It’s been a long time since Anna Kournikova was a professional athlete, but few men have forgotten about her. Kournikova, who is unfortunately attached to pop star Enrique Iglesias, is a former world number one ranked tennis player from Russia. Her celebrity transcended the sports world, however, as she was once one of the most Googled names in the world, and surely it had something to do with her looks. Fans no longer have to search through Google for pictures of her; all they have to do is log on to her Instagram page, which is chockablock full of pictures of the former athlete flaunting the body that made her famous.
16 Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is a world-class track and field and bobsled athlete. She was a star at Louisiana State University, winning three NCAA titles and receiving 11 All-American honors. She was widely considered to be the favorite in the 100 m hurdles event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but unfortunately she tripped during one of the heats and finished in a disappointing seventh place. Unsurprisingly, Jones, who holds the distinction of being one of only a select few athletes to have competed at both the summer and winter Olympic games and epitomizes athleticism, has a great body, and she’s been known to show it off from time to time on her social media accounts.
15 Sage Erickson
Sage Erickson is known just as much, if not more so, for her looks as she is for her surfing abilities. With over 230,000 Instagram followers, you can bet that her fans consist of more than just surf aficionados. If ever there was a sport made for beautiful women, it’s surfing. Blonde bombshells get to work on their tan while frolicking around in itsy bitsy bikinis. It’s a mystery to us that women’s surfing isn’t the most watched sports amongst the male demographic.
14 Angela Rypien
You probably recognize Angela Rypien’s last name. Her father was Mark Rypien, the two-time pro bowl Canadian quarterback who won the Super Bowl twice (once on the sidelines and once as a starter). Angela has followed in her father’s footsteps… well, sort of. Like her father, she is a quarterback. Unlike her father (thank God), she plays in lingerie. Angela played for the Seattle Mist and the Baltimore Charm of the Legends Football League, and she wasn’t just there because of her good looks (although she does have those). She was actually a talented player. But you care more about the way she looks, so just head on over to her Instagram account. You won’t be disappointed.
13 Lindsey Vonn
Now that Lindsey Vonn’s career is pretty much over due to a number of nagging injuries, she has to use other methods in order to remain in the limelight. And one such way is to flaunt her body on social media. Not only has she been known to post pictures of herself in bikinis, workout attire, and sexy dresses on Instagram, but she also posed in her birthday suit for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition. That’s one way to remain relevant.
12 Stephanie Rice
At the age of 27, Stephanie Rice has already been retired for over two years. But in her brief career as a competitive swimmer, she made quite an impression, winning three Olympic gold medals for Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Rice has used social media for both good and bad. The bad: she used a homophobic slur on Twitter back in 2010 to refer to a South African rugby team. The good: she regularly posts pictures of herself in bikinis on Instagram. She has since apologized for the former, so we can now all enjoy the latter.
11 Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey seems to revel in her newfound celebrity status… perhaps a little too much. Some believe that she let all the attention go to her head and became too cocky. She neglected her MMA training and was overpowered by the vastly superior striking abilities of Holly Holm. It’s not really her fault, though. She is undeniably beautiful, and she was merely giving the fans what they wanted by appearing in TV shows and movies. And it seems to have paid off, as she has over 8 million Instagram followers, way more than Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Paige VanZant combined. Part of the reason why she has more followers is that she was one of the first, and one of the sexiest, female fighters to use social media to promote herself.
10 Paige VanZant
Speaking of Paige VanZant, she is probably the hottest female fighter currently in the UFC (at least that’s what we here at TheSportster agreed on in our list of the hottest women in mixed martial arts). She’s cute and sexy and tough, and she has an amazing figure. Don’t take our word for it, just check out her social media accounts, where she regularly posts pictures from her past modeling career. Seriously, she has some of the hottest #tbt posts ever.
9 McKayla Maroney
You likely remember McKayla Maroney from the 2012 London Olympics, when she brought home the gold for the United States for the team event in gymnastics and the bronze for the vault. Maroney is now 20 years old, and she has turned out to be quite the beautiful young woman. She knows it, too, as she regularly posts sexy pictures on her Instagram to prove to the world that she’s not the little gymnast with the pouty face anymore. Maroney recently retired from gymnastics due to health concerns, which means that we can probably look forward to more pictures of her flaunting her figure on social media.
8 Michelle Jenneke
Michelle Jenneke is most famous for a little pre-run dance routine that she did during the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships. Since then, she has built upon her fan base by posting sexy pictures of herself in bikinis and short shorts on her Instagram. She now has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, and all because of one little dance. Maybe one day soon she’ll be able to add a few Olympic medals to her resume.
7 Leryn Franco
North American sports fans might not know who Leryn Franco is, but South Americans surely do. Before she devoted herself to modeling and acting, she was an Olympic athlete. Representing Paraguay, she competed at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics in javelin. It was during the 2008 Olympics that she caught the world’s attention. And it had nothing to do with her javelin throwing abilities. Instead, she became an Internet sensation, and remains one to this day thanks to her social media presence, because of how beautiful she is. She might have been a world-class athlete, but her true calling was clearly modeling and acting.
6 Anastasia Ashley
Anastasia Ashley is one of the hottest athletes in the world. She might be the best example of what it means to be a beautiful athlete, as her Wikipedia page describes her as a professional surfer and an occasional fashion model. She’s posed for magazines like Maxim and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. But she’s not just a pretty face; she’s also a serious surfer. As a young teenager she won the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year Award and her first major national title. More importantly, though, she’s stunning, and you’d be hard pressed to find a picture of her on Instagram that doesn’t show her in a bikini or an equally flattering outfit.
5 Alana Blanchard
Alana Blanchard might not be as big a name as Anastasia Ashley in the surf world, but her Instagram account deserves every bit as much attention. Blanchard appears to live quite the charmed life, as nearly all of her pictures are of her relaxing on a beach (in a bikini of course). Like Ashley, she has an incredible figure and looks as though she could do some modeling if she wanted. By far her best physical asset is her booty. Blanchard is a serious PAWG. She has won several competitions throughout her career, including the T&C Women’s Pipeline Championships in 2005. She’s recently suggested that she may take some time off from surfing. Hopefully that doesn’t mean there’ll be less bikini pictures on her Instagram.
4 Sydney Leroux
In our opinion, Sydney Leroux is an underrated beauty. When it comes to the US women’s soccer team, everyone talks about Alex Morgan and Hope Solo. And rightly so, as they are indeed beautiful women. But what about Sydney Leroux? Just check out her Instagram account for further proof. She’s got gorgeous dark skin and an incredible toned body. Not to mention that she looks great in a bikini. Before marrying fellow footballer Dom Dwyer, Leroux, who holds dual citizenship as a Canadian and American and grew up in Surrey, BC, was engaged to another BC athlete: Brett Lawrie.
3 Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate has one of the best bodies in all of mixed martial arts. Not only is she strong and muscular, but she’s also feminine and sexy. Her social media accounts are replete with examples of exactly what we mean by this. Tate is clearly aware of her sex appeal, as she’s more than comfortable with sharing photos of herself on Instagram in which she’s wearing next to nothing. Unfortunately for all of you male admirers out there, Tate is currently off the market. She is dating UFC fighter Bryan Caraway, the lucky jerk.
2 Jamie Anderson
Olympic gold medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson is a bit of a free spirit. Born and raised in Lake Tahoe, she was homeschooled so as to be able to spend as much time as she wanted snowboarding in the nearby mountains. One other way in which she is a free spirit is that she likes to strip off all her clothes in public. She posed completely nude for ESPN The Magazine’s 2014 Body Issue and she’s been known to post semi-nude photos to her Instagram account. You’ve got to love a woman who’s not afraid to show off her body.
1 Blair O’Neal
Blair O’Neal has been named one of the top 10 hottest golfers by Golf Channel, one of the 50 hottest athletes of all-time by Sports Illustrated, one of the 18 most beautiful women in golf by Golf Magazine, and the most beautiful woman in professional golf in 2016 by Golf.com. And you won’t hear any arguments from us. She competed on, and won, the Golf Channel reality competition show The Big Break: Dominican Republic. Her prize for winning the show was $50,000 and an LPGA exemption. But the real winners were us, the fans, who were introduced to quite possibly the hottest female athlete in all of sports. Since her appearance on the show, O’Neal has developed an impressive social media following, with over 100,000 fans on Instagram alone.