Since first debuting in the early 20th century, superheroes have captured the imagination of the masses and never let go. They have helped transform comic collecting, from a popular hobby for children, into a $1.5 billion industry that involves many adults.
In a way, superheroes are like sports teams, in that everyone has their favorites. Many young boys may have grown up reading about Batman, Superman, or even Spider-Man. Conversely, females often admired popular do-gooders like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel. In fact, comic book characters have become so entrenched in popular culture, that one can hardly go to the movie theatre without seeing at least one comic-based film plastered on the marquee. Perhaps this is why cosplay (or costume play) has become all the rage in recent years.
Cosplay involves a person, or group of people, dressing up as a (usually fictional) character. Star Wars personalities, video game icons, and of course, Superheroes are some of the participants’ favorite subjects. It has become so popular that there are several cosplay conventions held in various parts of the world.
Its recent spike in popularity has even caused some the world’s hottest female athletes to hop aboard the cosplay bandwagon. With that in mind, here are 15 of hottest women in professional sports today, dressed as your favorite superheroes.
15. Eugenie Bouchard: Catwoman
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard is one of the most popular tennis stars on the WTA Tour today. Her breakout season came back in 2014 when she made to the finals at Wimbledon and reached the semifinals at both the Australian and French Open. This lead to the Canadian born star being ranked number 5 in the world that year, which is her highest ranking to date. In truth, Bouchard’s career has been trending downward since her 2014 campaign. That being said, do in no small part to her movie star good looks, Bouchard has remained one of the most talked about players on the tour. The 5-foot-10 blonde has even posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
14. AJ Lee: Raphael
AJ Lee is a retired professional wrestler who had a very memorable run in WWE. She is a three-time Divas Champion and was also the longest reigning champ for a period, prior to her record being broken by Nikki Bella. She was also the General Manager of RAW (on-screen only) for several months. Lee is the wife of former WWE Champion CM Punk. Punk left the company due to differences with management and Lee then retired soon after. In 2017, she released her autobiography entitled Crazy Is My Superpower. Lee is still only 30 years of age and relatively healthy, so a comeback isn’t out of the question.
13. Miesha Tate: Wonder Woman
Miesha Tate is a former UFC Bantamweight Champion who will likely end up in the company’s Hall of Fame at some point down the road. She has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport with wins over names like Holly Holm, Sara McMann, and Marloes Coenen. While Tate has some amazing victories in the Octagon, she is arguably best known for her two fights (both losses) against the legendary Ronda Rousey. In fact, Tate vs. Rousey was the first high profile feud in the UFC women’s division and helped prove that female fighters could be viable pay-per-view draws. The 5-foot-6 brunette currently works as an analyst for Fox Sports.
12. Melina Perez: Spider Woman
Melina Perez had an outstanding run in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Despite trying out for the company’s reality television show Tough Enough and being eliminated in the first round, Perez would go on to have a more successful career than any of the show’s participants (with the exception of the winner of the show, John Hennigan, aka John Morrison). She started out as a valet for Hennigan, who was her real-life boyfriend at the time, before going on to have a successful career as a singles competitor. Perez held the WWE Women’s Championship and Divas title and combined five times.
This skin-tight Spider-Woman costume would certainly highlight any physical flaws. Fortunately for Melina, she didn’t appear to have any at the time this photo was taken. It’s fair to say that Perez made for a pretty darn good looking Spider Woman.
11. Alexa Bliss: Harley Quinn
At first glance, 5-foot-1 Alexa Bliss doesn’t look like your stereotypical professional wrestler. However, the tiny blonde starlet has proved to be a major force in WWE’s women’s division. After having modest success, and being outshined by other stars in her division in NXT (WWE developmental), Bliss has gone on to become the top female star in WWE. In less than two years time, the stunning grappler has won the WWE Women’s title on four separate occasions. She also became the first person to hold both the SmackDown and Raw versions of the title. While Bliss may short in stature, she is definitely a larger than life personality.
Not only is Alexa Bliss dressed like the popular DC comics villain Harley Quinn, but she also wore this very outfit to the ring during the early part of her WWE run. Bliss looks breathtaking in this costume.
10. Ana Ivanovic: Catwoman
Ana Ivanovic is a recently retired Serbian tennis player who made quite a name for herself during her time on the WTA Tour. She is best known for her outstanding season back in 2008 when she was ranked number 1 in the world. That year she won her first singles Grand Slam title at the French Open and was also the runner-up at the Australian Open. Ivanovic has won the WTA Tour of Champions in 2010 and 2011 respectively. After winning over $15.5 million in prize money over the course of her career, the 6-foot-tall brunette decided to call it quits in 2016.
9. Jovana Jaksic: Wonder Woman
At just 24 years of age, Jovana Jaksic has captured 16 singles titles on the ITF tour. The tennis star, who hails from Belgrade, Serbia has yet to make a name for herself on the WTA tour. However, she did achieve her highest rank as a doubles player this season (204), which suggests her career is heading in the right direction. While the 5-foot-10 brunette has ways to go before becoming a household name, she has managed to win over $346,000 in prize money thus far. While the sum may not seem like a lot for a professional athlete, it’s more than most people made in their early 20s.
8. Felice Herrig: Ms.Marvel
Felice Herrig is a professional mixed martial artist who fights out of Buffalo Grove Illinois. Her professional record stands at 13-6 with wins over Strawweight standouts like Heather Jo Clark and Alexa Grasso. Following her victory over Justine Kish back in June of this year, she officially became the number 9 ranked competitor in her weight class, according to the UFC’s official rankings. Fans may also remember Herrig from her appearance on the reality series The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned. Her next contest, is scheduled bout against Courtney Casey on December 2nd in Detroit, Michigan.
Herrig clearly went all out with this Ms. Marvel Costume. Moreover, the 5-foot-4 contender looks nothing short of amazing in this figure flattering number. There aren’t too many women who could pull this costume off, but Herrig is more than up to the task.
7. Holly Holm: Mrs. Incredible
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Holly Holm is a former Boxing Champion who currently competes in the sport of mixed martial arts. Holm became a household name, seemingly overnight, when she defeated the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey, to capture UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship, with an impressive head kick. She would go on to lose the title in her next bout to Miesha Tate and has lost 3 of her last 4 fights since her monumental upset victory over Rousey. Despite her recent skid, the 36-year-old blonde remains one the most popular fighters in the UFC and there has been talk of her facing current Featherweight Champion, Cris Cyborg in the near future.
6. The Bella Twins: Batman and Robin
The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie, are professional wrestlers and reality television stars. Both women have held the Divas Championship and gone on to become two of the biggest stars in the company. Brie Bella is the wife of retired wrestler Daniel Bryan, while Nikki is currently engaged to John Cena, one of the most popular stars in all of WWE. While the 33-year-old twins’ in-ring careers have begun to wind down, they have both had a great deal of success in reality television. They first appeared in the popular E! series known as Total Divas, before getting their own spin-off show, Total Bellas.
5. Trish Stratus: Wonder Woman
Canada’s Trish Stratus is one of the most successful females to ever set foot inside a WWE ring. The 5-foot-3 grappler has won the WWE Women’s Championship on seven separate occasions, which is the record for most title reigns by a female competitor. Stratus made history when she became the first woman (along with fellow wrestler Lita) to main event Monday Night Raw. Stratus’s accomplishments resulted in her being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2013. These days the retired WWE star can be found teaching yoga in her own studio, located just outside of Toronto.
Trish Stratus’s undeniable sex appeal played a major role in the success she had during her wrestling career. One would be hard-pressed to find a better looking Wonder Woman then the stunning Hall of Famer.
4. Caroline Wozniacki: Robin
Danish tennis sensation Caroline Wozniacki is one of the top players on the WTA tour today. The 27-year-old finished the season as the number 3 ranked player in the world. She also won the prestigious WTA Finals for the first time in her career in 2017. Wozniacki is one of only a handful of players to have been ranked number 1 in the world as a singles player, without having ever won a Grand Slam tournament. Despite lacking a Grand Slam title, Wozniacki has still managed to win over $26.8 million over the course of her career thus far, which puts her at 6th on the all-time earnings list among female players.
Here we see Caroline Wozniacki dressed as Batman’s trusty sidekick, Robin, with her boyfriend, erstwhile NBA free agent David Lee, dressed as Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash. The so-called “Boy Wonder” has never been hotter.
3. Michelle Lewin: Wonder Woman
Michelle Lewin is a Venezuelan fitness model who has made quite a name for herself on social media. In fact, the gorgeous bodybuilder has 12.7 million followers on the social media site, Instagram. According to her website, Lewin is, “Part fitness model, part bodybuilder, part bikini babe – Michelle is visible all over the globe. After immigrating to America in 2012, she has become the Latin queen of the fitness scene, and her svelte figure has graced over 30 magazine covers, from Sports & Fitness to Her Muscle & Fitness to Iron Man.” An impressive resume, to say the least.
2. Candice Michelle: Catwoman
Candice Michelle is a semi-retired professional wrestler who also had a fairly successful modeling career. She had a solid run in World Wrestling Entertainment, where she captured the WWE Women’s Championship back in 2007. She lasted nearly 5 years in WWE, from 2004 until her release in 2009. Outside of the ring, Michelle has appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine. She also modeled for the web hosting company, GoDaddy Inc. In fact, she even appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for the company. The brunette beauty is scheduled to wrestle her final match at House of Hardcore 36 on December 2nd, 2017.
1. Rachael Ostovich: Wonder Woman
Rachael Ostovich is a Hawaiian mixed martial artist who has spent the majority of her career with the all-female promotion known as Invicta Fighting Championship. During her time in Invicta, the scrappy Hawaiian went 2-2 with victories over Ewa Johnson and Ariel Beck. Ostovich can currently be seen on the popular reality television competition, The Ultimate Fighter 26. In fact, Ostovich as already defeated Melinda Fabian in the first round of the tournament. She is scheduled to face veteran Barb Honchack in the 2nd round of the contest. If Ostovich wins the season of The Ultimate Fighter, she will become the first-ever Women’s Flyweight Champion.
Ostovich not only dresses up as Wonder Woman, but she also fights in the costume, which makes her the most dedicated Cosplayer on our list.
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