One of the necessary evils in society is the paparazzi. As long as we have a culture that idolizes celebrities, there are going to be people who seemingly hound their every movement. While actors and musicians may face the brunt of the attention, the world of professional sports is home to some of the best looking women in the world. This means the cameras are never too far behind, and often at the worst moments.
Which means that even though Aly Raisman is more comfortable in the gym than on the big screen, that she’ll probably never be able to leave her house without there being photographic proof of her trip. The result of the paparazzi’s attention can sometimes be a great thing for the fans of these women. Lindsey Vonn, Danica Patrick, and Aly Raisman may look tremendous in their respective sports, but they look even more stunning below when they’re hitting the town or even the red carpet.
But the paparazzi isn’t always going to be there to catch these stars looking their best. Several high profile stars such as Ronda Rousey and Maria Sharapova have had moments caught on camera that they’d surely rather have gone straight to the trash, instead of going viral! It’s always a game of give and take with the paparazzi, as these female athletes have learned. These are 10 Female Athletes Who Always Look Great For The Paparazzi (And 10 Who Don’t).
20. Great: Lindsey Vonn
When you see Lindsey Vonn ripping it up in her respective sporting events, it can be hard to get a true appreciation for just how gorgeous Vonn is. But thankfully for you, that’s where the paparazzi can come in handy.
Vonn discussed the role of the paparazzi in a past interview, saying “I enjoy just showing people other sides of me, especially everyone always sees me in my helmet and ski suit. It’s nice to just show everyone me”. That’s an easy statement to make when you’re Lindsey Vonn as she is considered by many to be the most beautiful athlete on the planet. Tiger Woods really dropped the ball when he let his behaviour drive her away. Though Tiger losing Vonn is probably not even in his top ten worst moments.
19. Not: Ronda Rousey
With the above photo, you may find yourself agreeing that Ronda Rousey may be battling a tough photo angle more than anything in the octagon. Because let’s be straight up, who would look good when caught with your mouth open and in the middle of what seems to be a laugh?
But bad angle or not, the fact remains that if she could have it her way, she’d probably throw a smackdown on the photographer of the photo, delete it and move on with her day. The photo was snapped as she was arriving at the airport, which may make her casual outfit all the more appropriate. Perhaps you’ll also give her some bonus points for being willing to signing some memorabilia.
18. Great: Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard may not be among the very best tennis players in the world, but she’s still well worth keeping an eye on. Especially if you’re from the great white north where she’s essentially Canada’s best shot at having the next great female Tennis star hail from America’s hat.
And while Bouchard may not get followed up in Canada as aggressively as say, Connor McDavid, she still has to deal with her fair share of paparazzi attention. Bouchard has admitted in the past that she doesn’t have aspirations to play tennis past the age of 30. Perhaps the media attention is something she definitely won’t miss, even if you may miss getting to see shots like this. Though she does have an active modelling career, so the camera is never too far.
17. Not: Maria Sharapova
One of the best things an athlete can do to try and get them pumped up for a match is to listen to some awesome music. You can imagine that passion for music definitely doesn’t disappear when sports are no longer part of your evening. But if you’re Maria Sharapova, even if you’re not on the court, cameras are always going to be something you need to be aware of.
And while we’re sure she loved belting out music at karaoke this one particular night, we’re also sure she’d probably rather you not see it! If there’s a benefit here, maybe one of her close friends will see this photo and realize that buying her a karaoke machine for her next birthday would be a pretty fantastic idea.
16. Great: Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella didn’t spend a lot of the time in the ring in the past year, but her stint on Dancing With the Stars has helped her remain in the public eye. Granted, it also probably helps that she’s engaged to John Cena, who is arguably the most famous wrestler in the world right now.
Nikki will also be back on your television screens for another season of Total Bellas in the near future, so perhaps she’s become increasingly more comfortable with the idea of her life being documented. Her constant exposure also means that there are plenty of planned moments where you can check her out. That being said, you may be an even bigger fan of this unplanned paparazzi photo of Nikki!
15. Not: Sasha Banks
In many cases, celebrities are not always aware that there is a photo being taken of them when they aren’t expecting it. It’s just a fun surprise they get to see when they check out the internet later.
But sometimes it’s an awkward photo with a fan that the athlete is probably praying it doesn’t get online because if it does, there’s a good chance it’ll good viral. As was the case with this fan photo of a very unimpressed looking Sasha Banks who was seemingly bombarded by a fan at the airport. It’s hard to blame Sasha for not being in the best mood though, as jet lag is a very real thing and it’s very possible she was also rushing to go and make another connecting flight.
14. Great: Paige VanZant
Paige VanZant has plenty of reasons to be smiling in 2018, as she recently revealed to her Instagram fans that she had gotten engaged to fellow MMA fighter, Justin Vanderford. Something tells us they must have many things in common, but when it comes to dancing, VanZant may have the extra edge as she has been on Dancing With The Stars.
You also need to hope that nobody out there is getting inspired by Wedding Crashers and plans on making an unexpected appearance at the wedding. If they do, they may not have to wait very long before they leave with at least one black eye. The only question is if it’ll be the bride or groom that’ll get to you first!
13. Not: Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison was celebrating the fact that she had recently won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the sport of Judo. Which you can imagine must have given her quite a rush and helped convince her that slamming back a few too many all night was the right way to celebrate.
But something tells us if she knew these photos were being taken of her, she may have utilized some of those medal-winning moves to wrestle the camera out of their hands! Harrison even took the medal out with her to help celebrate the occasion. You can imagine if she woke up and noticed it was missing that it would be a worse feeling than any hangover you’ve had to experience.
12. Great: Caroline Wozniacki
The biggest tennis tournament up to this point in 2018 was the Australian Open. And when it comes to the female side of the court, it was Caroline Wozniacki that managed to come out on top. It helped cap off what must have been an unbelievable last few months of Wozniacki’s life that has also included her getting engaged to former NBA veteran, David Lee.
When talking about her victory, that also marked her first major title as well as earned her rank the #1 in the world, Wozniacki stated “It feels really good, it’s great. I basically have beaten any player that’s been playing and is on Tour right now. This [a major title] was the only thing missing”. Lee is now retired and the two seem very happy together.
11. Not: Jennifer Capriati
At the peak of her career, Jennifer Capriati was among the very best tennis players in the entire world. But at the lowest point of her career, Capriati had gotten herself involved in various legal troubles and battled an addiction. This included an incident where a former lover attempted to charge her with battery, as well as stalking.
Capriati also had a few close calls after having trouble with prescription medication. While she often looked tremendous on the court, she definitely looked unprepared for the cameras on this particular day. She definitely fell out of the spotlight, so it makes sense that when she has it thrust back onto her that she isn’t ready.
10. Great: Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias are both considered to be major celebrities. Which made it even more impressive that the two managed to hide the fact from the world that Anna Kournikova was pregnant with twins.
It is the first time the two have become parents which may make the feat all the more impressive. Especially considering whenever Anna Kournikova does tend to leave the house, that any paparazzi member who is going to realize it’s her, is probably going to be pretty glad they did and take plenty of photos!
9. Not: Tammy Stych
There have been many unflattering moments in the life of Tammy Stych. She surely looks less than fabulous at certain points in some of her adult entertainment ventures, but that definitely isn’t going to be published here! Instead, you get to stare at a very unimpressed looking Tammy who definitely wasn’t expecting the camera.
Perhaps she was reflecting on some of her poor decisions? Such as deciding that getting arrested multiple times was something she wanted to accomplish in her life. Stych’s accomplishments to the world of wrestling still got her inducted into the Hall of Fame, but that legacy will always be overshadowed by her outside the ring actions.
8. Great: Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman recently made headlines for testifying against Larry Nassar. In doing so, she helped inspire millions of people all around the world. That’s not the only time that Raisman has had all eyes on her. And while more people would have checked her out during the Olympics, than on these days where the paparazzi happened to be handy, that doesn’t make her above outfit any less impressive.
Olympic careers are notoriously short, but we’re sure there are many companies out there who would be ecstatic to have the multiple-medal winner backing their brand. Especially if it’s a clothing company and there’s a chance that Raisman will be spotted wearing the clothes in public!
7. Not: Kelly Kelly
There are many women who have come through the WWE that weren’t necessarily hired for their ability to kick some serious ass in the ring. Kelly Kelly’s time in the company was best marked by the fact that she participated in a segment titled “Kelly’s Expose”.
But the WWE probably wishes that she kept her most extreme behaviour under their watchful eye. Instead, when Kelly Kelly went out to party, the camera didn’t seem to be far behind. This also led to allegations that she was bumping it up with Chris Jericho, despite him being in a committed relationship. Randy Orton also put his foot in his mouth when during an interview, he gave the impression that Kelly Kelly was one of the more active superstars in the locker room if you know what we mean!
6. Great: Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick definitely wasn’t trying to dial up the appeal when she stepped onto the racing track. After all, those suits aren’t exactly made to ooze radiance. Though she was definitely no stranger to tapping into that side of her personality when she was cast as one of the GoDaddy girls.
That along with a high-profile (but now defunct) relationship to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. helped skyrocket Patrick’s career. Which also helped her gain the attention of paparazzi members who were more than happy to snap this photo of her enjoying her day. Patrick rebounded from Stenhouse Jr. to Aaron Rodgers, which is far from a downgrade, but let’s hope there are less pesky press members in Wisconsin!
5. Not: Sable
Brock Lesner has had himself an incredibly varied career in the world of sports. Along with dominating the competition in the WWE, he went and tried his hand in the UFC, before eventually finding himself back in the arms of Vince McMahon. Outside of the ring, he also fell in love with Rena Mero, better known as Sable and the two were married in 2006.
But some fans inferred that Brock may not have been too excited to jump into the arms of Sable after this unflattering paparazzi photo was snapped of her at a fight. It’s definitely not the easiest of angles for anyone to look good in, but Sable’s reputation as being a bombshell in the ’90s made her appearance all the more shocking.
4. Great: Serena Williams
Serena Williams is without question in many people’s eyes the greatest female tennis player to ever step onto a court. Which means that regardless of how the rest of her career goes, she’s probably going to be able to expect to be followed by the paparazzi throughout her life.
And while she can sometimes get caught in some compromising positions on the court, in the above photo, it definitely looks like the paparazzi did her a favour by catching her at one of her best angles. It may not be enough of a ‘favour’ to allow her to be happy when she spots the cameras stalking her every move, but at least there’s some benefit that comes with it!
3. Not: Chyna
It may only be a matter of time before Chyna finds herself getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Sadly, it’ll be a posthumous induction as Chyna passed away at the age of 46. Her struggles were well known, and played a big part in not being inducted and basically left out in the cold by the company.
Prior to her passing, Chyna helped change the impression of what a woman could accomplish in a WWE ring. There is no question that if she was still around, and in her prime, in today’s climate that she would have created an even greater legacy. Her actions outside of the ring, however, that also included some heavy partying may soil the image of her for some.
2. Great: Julianne Hough
Dancing With The Stars has seen some of the best athletes in respective sports come and give it a go, only for them to quickly realize just how difficult it is. Which is why we’re more than happy to qualify the two-time winner and judge of the show, Julianne Hough, as a tremendous female athlete.
Hough surely needs to put in the hard work to stay in as amazing shape as she does, so perhaps it’s not too alarming to see her caught by the paparazzi while wearing some yoga pants. Hough has also been married to NHL player Brooks Laich, since 2017 which means she also probably will always have a gym buddy to help motivate her to hit her goals!
1. Not: Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle has had plenty of moments in her life where she must have felt like the most beautiful woman in the entire world. At least, you’d hope she once felt that way considering she has bared it all for Heff’s famous magazine. But she is probably a lot happier going down memory lane when looking at those photos, that any memory (as hazy as it may be) that would emerge from this night of partying.
Especially because in a photo that also features Torrie Wilson and Lilian Garcia, it definitely looks like Candice is the one who is suffering the most! The trio also combined to help Lilian Garcia’s music career by appearing in a music video for the song “U Drive Me Loca”.
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