Let’s be real here — these female sports stars are the embodiment of inspiration and empowerment. Each and every one of these ladies has worked tirelessly to make their way to the top and become some of the best in their respective sports. Not only have these women shocked the world with their endless talent but they’ve also left people stunned when walking the red carpet. We mean, these athletes could have easily been supermodels as well and you’ll see why if you keep reading…
Alex Morgan — Soccer
Nicknamed “Baby Horse” by her teammates, Alex Morgan is a soccer player for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League — the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States. Although Morgan only began playing soccer at the age of 14, she has undoubtedly made a name for herself.
Not only did she become the sixth and youngest U.S. player to score 20 goals in a single season but she also helped the United States win their titles at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. On May 7th, 2020, she and her husband welcomed their first child into the world!
Becky Lynch — Wrestling
Hailing from Ireland, Becky Lynch is a professional wrestler and absolute powerhouse of a woman. From a young age, she took an interest in professional wrestling when she began watching with her brother, Richy — who later wrestled under the ring name Gonzo de Mondo.
After taking some time off due to a severe head injury in 2006, Lynch returned to the ring in 2018. A year later, Lynch set the record for the longest reign as Raw Women’s Champion at 399 days. She has since gone on a hiatus after announcing in May 2020 that she and Seth Rollins are expecting their first child together.
Maria Sharapova — Tennis
In August 2005, she became the top-ranked female tennis player in the world for the first time when she was just 18 years old. Since the start of her career, Maria Sharapova won five Grand Slam titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.
Aside from those titles, Sharapova made her way to become an Olympic medalist, having won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. In February 2020, Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis.
Jennie Finch — Softball
Described by Time Magazine as the most famous softball player in history, Jennie Finch began playing softball at the age of five. She pitched for the Arizona Wildcats, the USA national softball team — which she led to a gold and silver medal in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics — and the Chicago Bandits.
Although she retired from softball in 2010 to focus on her family, in August 2011, Finch began working at ESPN as a color commentator for Nation Pro Fastpitch and college softball games.
Paige Spiranac — Golf
Paige Spiranac is known for more than just her golf skills. After initially creating social media accounts to post trick-shot videos, she basically became an overnight sensation, gaining two million Instagram followers by 2018.
Spiranac played golf for both the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, winning All-Mountain West Conference honors during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons. A bombshell on and off the field, it’s clear that Spiranac is a natural when it comes to walking the red carpet.
Caroline Wozniacki — Tennis
The first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top ranking position, Caroline Wozniacki began playing tennis at the age of seven! After making her debut on the ITF Junior Circuit in October 2003 at 13 years old, it was clear that Wozniacki was a superstar.
With a career that spans over 16 years, it’s no surprise that Wozniacki made her way to the top by reaching No. 1 in singles and the 20th in the Open Era. In December 2019, though, Wozniacki announced that she would be retiring from professional tennis after the 2020 Australian Open, which was held a month later.
Anastasia Yankova — MMA
We think it’s safe to say that Anastasia Yankova is a real-life warrior. Inspired by a childhood fascination with Xena: Warrior Princess on television, Yankova began training when she was just six years old.
After a brief hiatus to focus on school, Yankova then began training in Muay Thai before competing in kickboxing tournaments. It wasn’t long before she transitioned to MMA. Today, she competes in Bellator Fighting Championships and of course, rocks the red carpet in her spare time.
Candace Parker — Basketball
The younger sister of former NBA player Anthony Parker, Candace Parker has been making waves in the WNBA since 2008. Not only was she the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game but she also became the second woman in WNBA history — after her teammate Lisa Leslie — to dunk during a regulation WNBA game, against the Indiana Fever.
Aside from that, Parker won the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player award two times throughout her career. Still, if you think that she’s impressive on the court, check her out on the red carpet…
Nastia Liukin — Gymnastics
Considering that Nastia Liukin was born to two former Soviet champion gymnasts, it comes as no surprise that she began gymnastics by the time she was three years old. During her career, Liukin undoubtedly made a name for herself — she is the 2008 Olympic All-Around champion, a five-time Olympic medalist, a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, and so much more.
Although the 30-year-old retired from the sport in 2012, there’s definitely no forgetting who she is, especially after seeing her in this velvet number.
Anastasia Ashley — Surfing
A California native, Anastasia Ashley began surfing when she was only five years old. A year later, she won a surf contest using a run-down board that she found in a trash can outside of her house.
By the time she turned seven, Ashley picked up a sponsor to replace her run-down board with new ones. Aside from catching waves, Ashley also models, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering her natural beauty and beachy vibes.
Barbara Blank — Wrestling
Best known by her stage name, Kelly Kelly, Barbara Blank is a former professional wrestler who actually started out as a model although she took an interest in professional wrestling from a young age.
With a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, it’s no surprise that Kelly Kelly has been dominating the ring since she entered the world of WWE in 2008. Aside from modeling and wrestling, Kelly Kelly is also a reality television personality appearing in shows including WWE Tough Enough and Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp.
Urszula Radwańska — Tennis
Now 29 years old, Urszula Radwańska is a professional tennis player from Poland. Throughout her career, Radwańska has won the doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as four singles and ten doubles titles on the ITF Women’s circuit.
By October 2012, Radwańska reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 29. With these stats, there’s no denying that Radwańska is considered one of the most popular tennis players on the court today. Aside from her career as a tennis player, Radwańska also dabbles in business, creating the UR brand of luxury handbags.
Miesha Tate — MMA
Dubbed “Cupcake” and “Takedown,” Miesha Tate’s career as a wrestler began when she was still in high school. Not only has Tate competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but she also had an unbelievably successful career in MMA — winning the bantamweight championship of the Freestyle Cage fighting promotion in ’09 as well as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Although she’s now retired, Tate has also done modeling work for various websites and publications including ESPN The Magazine and Fitness Gurls.
Laila Ali — Boxing
Daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali is perhaps the most famous female boxer of all time. After competing for eight years — from 1999 to 2007 — Ali retired undefeated.
She held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF, and IBA female super middleweight titles, as well as the IWVF light heavyweight title. Since her retirement from the sport, “Madame Butterfly” has dabbled in modeling, television, writing, and more. Today, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their children.
Silje Norendal — Snowboarding
Now 26 years old, Silje Norendal is a snowboarder from Norway. Whether she’s competing at the Winter X Games in Colorado — where she has won gold medals various times — or the Winter Olympics, there’s no denying that Norendal has been excelling in the sport since her career began.
She stomps her landings and lays down solid 900s, and even added a Cab 1080 — which generally refers to any switch-frontside spin — to her repertoire in 2018. Aside from her indisputable talent, Norendal is a woman of style and class.
Camila Giorgi — Tennis
A professional tennis player from Italy, Camila Giorgi made her senior international tournament debut in 2006 at the ITF Women’s Circuit. A few years later, in 2009, Giorgi won her first ITF title before making her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
Now 28 years old, Giorgi is considered to be one of the hardest hitters of the ball on the tour. In any event, just from one look at this picture, it’s clear that Giorgi knows how to make a statement on and off the court.
Carmen Jordá — Racing
Now 32 years old, Carmen Jordá is a former motor race car driver originally from Alcoy, Spain. From 2015 to 2017, Jordá was a development driver for the Lotus and Renault Sport Formula One teams.
She has also competed in other motor racing series including GP3, Firestone Indy Lights, and the Le Mans Series. At this point, it’s safe to say that Jordá tore it up on the race track throughout her thrilling career. And let’s be real here — she’s absolutely stunning.
Ellen Hoog — Field Hockey
Let’s get one thing straight — Ellen Hoog dominates in the world of field hockey. After all, she’s 34 years old and has been a part of the national team for 16 years – yet Hoog shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.
A Dutch field hockey player, Hoog has played 127 matches and scored 32 goals since becoming a national team member. Aside from that, she has also won the Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, as well as a silver medal in 2016. At this point, we can all agree that Hoog is a powerhouse both on the field and the red carpet.
Gabby Douglas — Gymnastics
Now 24 years old, Gabby Douglas began training as a gymnast when she was only six years old. It paid off, though, considering that she made the U.S. Gymnastics Team in 2008 — when she was 13 years old. Since her international debut, Douglas has been turning heads and shocking the world with her talent and grace.
Not only is she the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion but she’s also the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the very same Olympics. It’s obviously not a surprise that she cleans up well, too…
Eugénie Bouchard — Tennis
Yet another household name, Eugénie Bouchard is a Canadian tennis player who has certainly made a name for herself. By 2014, she became the first Canadian-born player — representing Canada — to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles at the Wimbledon Championships.
Bouchard also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open as well as the 2014 French Open. Due to the fact that she won the 2012 Junior Wimbledon title, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year at the end of the 2013 WTA Tour.
Heather Watson — Tennis
Heather Watson is a 28-year-old British professional tennis player. Watson began playing the sport at seven years old before attending the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida a few years later.
Since her professional career started, Watson has established herself as a leading player in the tennis world. In October 2012, Watson won her very first WTA singles title at the Japan Open, becoming the first British woman to win a WTA singles title since Sara Gomer in 1988.
Sally Fitzgibbons — Surfing
A professional surfer from Australia, Sally Fitzgibbons is a sensational athlete. She rode the waves all the way to the No. 1 spot in women’s surfing after winning the 2019 Rio Pro. She began competing for the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour in 2009 when she was only 19 years old.
Aside from a successful surfing career, Fitzgibbons has also played a number of different sports — touch football, soccer, surfing, and cross-country running. In 2019, this superstar placed fifth at the Women’s Championship Tour leaderboard.
Katie Ledecky — Swimming
Despite the fact that she’s only 23 years old, Katie Ledecky has proven herself as a professional competitive swimmer. Not only has she won five Olympic gold medals but she has also earned herself 15 world championship gold medals — the most in history for a female swimmer.
With her skills, it’s no surprise that Ledecky took home the Swimmer of the Year Award in 2018. Today, Ledecky represents DC Trident, which is part of the International Swimming League. Although she spends most of her time in the water, Ledecky clearly has an eye for fashion.
Chelsea Pezzola — Golf
It’s no secret that Chelsea Pezzola — a professional golf player — has turned heads not only for her talent but for her beauty, too. A Florida native, Pezzola attended the University of Michigan.
While she was a student there, this showstopping athlete played on the women’s golf team before graduating in 2014. Today, she’s working on her game and splitting time between the Sun Coast mini-tour and the Symetra Tour – aside from turning heads on the red carpet, of course.
Gina Carano — MMA
Often called “Crush,” Gina Carano was the first women’s MMA “it” girl long before Ronda Rousey entered the scene. She began training in Muay Thai before transitioning to competitive MMA where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. Aside from a successful career in the ring, Carano has modeled for magazines including ESPN The Magazine and Maxim. After she retired from competing, Carano went on to do television and film work.
Ranked fifth on a list of the “Top 10 Influential Women” of 2008, Carano won’t be forgotten any time soon, especially after spotting her in this number. Does she not look like Princess Belle?!
Anna Kournikova — Tennis
As soon as she turned pro in 1995, Anna Kournikova basically became the face of the WTA not only because of her moves on the court but also because of her stunning appearance, plus the fact that her longtime partner is the international singer-songwriter, Enrique Iglesias.
Although she retired when she was 21 — due to serious back and spinal problems — Kournikova is known as one of the best tennis stars worldwide, reaching No. 8 in the world before retiring. Now an American television personality, Kournikova resides in Miami with Enrique and their three children.
Lolo Jones — Bobsledding
At 37 years old, there’s no arguing that Lolo Jones put the sport of bobsledding on the map with her unbelievable performances. Jones is an American hurdler and bobsledder who won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while studying at Louisana State University.
Aside from that, Jones received a gold medal in the mixed team event at the 2013 World Championships. Since she also represented the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jones became one of the few athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
McKayla Maroney — Gymnastics
A former member of the American women’s gymnastics team that was dubbed the Fierce Five at the 2012 Summer Olympics, McKayla Maroney began training in the sport by the time she was two years old.
With that being said, it’s no wonder why she became the first U.S. female gymnast to defend a World Championship vault title after winning the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships. Although she’s now retired, there’s no denying that McKayla has made a name for herself in the world of gymnastics.
Nikki Bella — Wrestling
Some of you may recognize her as John Cena’s ex-girlfriend but believe it or not, Nikki Bella worked her way to the top as a professional wrestler in the WWE alongside her twin sister.
During her career, Nikki became a two-time WWE Divas Champion and holds the record for the longest reign with that title. Since her retirement, Nikki has continued to work in television. She’s also expecting her first child with partner and Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev — Nikki’s partner from Season 25’s Dancing With the Stars.
Brie Bella — Wrestling
We can’t possibly talk about Nikki without discussing Brie! A one-time WWE Divas Champion, Brie first signed to developmental contracts by WWE — alongside her sister — in June 2007 and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). A few months later, The Bella Twins made their in-ring debut.
Aside from wrestling and television, the twins have also competed in bikini contests, which ain’t much of a surprise considering that they initially started out as models before entering the world of wrestling. Today, she resides in Phoenix with her husband and their baby — and there’s another one on the way!
Angela Ruch — Racing
If anyone understands what it’s like to push the pedal to the metal, it’s Angela Ruch. An American professional stock race car driver, Angela and her twin sister became the first set of twins to ever race in NASCAR’s top three series. Then again, that doesn’t come as much of a shock considering that they’re the nieces of legendary race car driver Derrike Cope.
In other words, racing is basically in their blood. Today, Ruch competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado/Toyota Tundra for Reaume Brothers Racing.
Lisa Leslie — Basketball
Now 47 years old, Lisa Leslie is a former professional basketball player who now spends her time as the head coach for Triplets in the BIG3 professional basketball league. She’s also a fashion model and studio analyst for Orlando Magic broadcasts on Fox Sports Florida.
Before these endeavors, though, Leslie played in the WNBA. During her career, she became a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The first player to dunk in a WNBA game, Leslie was voted in by fans as one of the top 15 players in WNBA History.
Nancy Lopez — Golf
After going professional in 1977, Nancy Lopez blazed trails in the golfing world, becoming one of the first women to make a living from the sport. Her talent was evident from an early age, winning her first amateur tournament by the time she was 12 years old.
She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events, including three major championships. Now retired, Lopez was recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, she resides in Florida where she hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the charity AIM (Adventures in Movement).
Queen Harrison — Running
With her stats, there’s really no getting around the fact that Queen Harrison is an absolute powerhouse. An American hurdler and sprinter, Harrison was a natural athlete from a very early age. In 2010, Harrison made NCAA history by becoming the first woman to ever win both the 100m and 400m hurdles titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
She also became the first track and field athlete from Virginia Tech to compete at the Olympics. Today, Harrison resides in South Carolina with her husband and fellow U.S. athlete, Will Claye.
Clair Bidez — Snowboarding
A Colorado-native, Clair Bidez is a former professional snowboarder and research analyst. Being that she grew up around the snow, it’s no surprise that Bidez began competing in snowboarding competitions by the age of 10. By the time she turned 16, Bidez placed fifth at the U.S. Open at Stratton Mountain and was consequently asked to join the U.S. Snowboarding Team soon after.
She became the Halfpipe Junior World Champion in 2006 and placed fourth in the halfpipe competition at the Winter X Games XX. After recovering from an injury, Bidez made it to finals in every Olympic qualifier and was even featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition as a potential Olympian.
Leryn Franco — Javelin Throwing
Now an actress and model, Leryn Franco is a Paraguayan-native former athlete who competed in the Olympics — 2004, 2008, and 2012 — in the sport of javelin. Since retiring from the sport, Franco has turned her focus towards her work for the athletics department of Club Sol de América, as well as modeling and acting.
Not only has Franco posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition but she was also cast in an Irish Film called Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay in which she portrays the role of the younger Eliza Lynch.
Allison Baver — Speed Skating
Since Allison Baver started her professional career as a speed-skater, she has been a force to be reckoned with. In the 2005/06 season, Baver was ranked third overall in the world rankings.
During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, Baver finished seventh in the women’s 500m competition, following a third-place finish in Semifinal A and a collision with the Czech Republic’s Kateřina Novotná in Final B — which ultimately took her out of the race for fifth place. Since then, Baver has continued to stun the world and was even elected to a four-year term as vice president of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association.
Ashley Wagner — Figure Skating
Ashley Wagner’s ice-skating career began in 1996 when she was only five years old. Throughout the years, Wagner won medals in all types of international competitions including the Olympics.
Not only was she the 2012 Four Continents champion and the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in the team event, but she was also the 2016 World Championship silver medalist. She won five Grand Prix events and is a three-time U.S. national champion — proving that just because she retired in 2019 — doesn’t mean she’ll be forgotten.
Serena Williams — Tennis
Let’s be real here — everyone knows who Serena Williams is. If you don’t, there’s a chance you live under a rock. A professional tennis player, Serena is known for having won over 23 titles, which is more than any man or woman has ever gotten in the Open Era!
Also known for her body-positivity and fashion sense, there’s no denying that Serena is an inspiration to girls and women all around the world. Despite the fact that she’s 38 and has a baby girl with husband Alexis Ohanian, Serena has shown no signs of slowing down. Then again, are you guys really that surprised?
Rose Namajunas — MMA
Nicknamed “Thug Rose” as a child, Rose Namajunas is a mixed martial artist and basically a total rockstar. Currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Rose competes in the women’s strawweight division and is actually a former champion.
As of February 2020, though, Rose is #2 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings and #6 in UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Today, Rose fights out of Colorado and is engaged to her training partner and former UFC heavyweight, Pat Barry.
Carli Lloyd — Soccer
Carli Lloyd is an exceptional soccer player who has been playing the sport since she was a little girl. After attending the opening U.S. match of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Lloyd became inspired to play for the national team.
Today, she’s a player for the Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team as a midfielder. Not only is she a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, she’s also a two-time FIFA Player of the Year and a three-time Olympian.
Regan Smith — Swimming
A Minnesota-native, Regan Smith is a swimmer and current world record holder of both the 100 and 200-meter backstroke. In 2019, Smith won the title of Swimmer of the Year — an impressive feat considering that she’s only 18 years old!
She has a third world record as a part of the USA women’s 4x100m Medley Relay. Knowing all of this, it’s clear that Smith is going to make it very far not only in swimming but in life, as well. With that kind of drive and charisma, there’s no telling what else she’s going to accomplish.
Daniela Hantuchová — Tennis
Now retired, Daniela Hantuchová is a former professional tennis player who played for Slovakia. After tagging along to one of her big brother’s tennis lessons as a child, Daniela began playing herself. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough a few years later, in 2002, when she won a WTA tournament.
In January 2003, Daniela reached her highest ranking of world No. 5 after playing the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Since then, Daniela continued to stun fans with her performances until announcing her retirement from professional tennis in July of 2017.
Megan Rapinoe — Soccer
A California-native, Megan Rapinoe is a 34-year-old soccer player and superstar. She currently plays as a winger and captains OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team.
Named the Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019, Rapinoe won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics as well as the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Aside from her athletic career, Rapinoe is a co-founder of the gender-neutral lifestyle brand — re-inc.
Sloane Stephens — Tennis
Florida-born Sloane Stephens is easily one of the most successful American tennis players ever, following in the footsteps of the Williams sisters, of course. Born to athletic parents with backgrounds in collegiate swimming and professional American football, Stephens quickly became a household name to tennis fans worldwide.
Not only was she the 2017 U.S. Open champion but she also achieved a career-best ranking of No. 3 in the world after Wimbledon in 2018. Now 27 years old, Stephens has no signs of leaving the court anytime soon unless it’s for a red carpet appearance such as this one…
Ashlyn Harris — Soccer
Ashlyn Harris is yet another leading name in the soccer world. After playing college soccer for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Harris went on to play professionally for the Saint Louis Athletica, Washington Freedom, Western New York Flash, and more.
Since 2016, Harris has been playing for the Orlando Pride of the NWSL — the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States — and the U.S. women’s national soccer team. She was also a member of the championship-winning team at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as well as at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Jessie Graff — Stuntwoman
Jessie Graff made this list for being one of the coolest faces in Hollywood. An athletics-based television personality and professional stuntwoman from New York, Graff has a black belt in Taekwondo and is trained in five other styles of martial arts. If that wasn’t enough, Graff is also a championship pole vaulter and competitive gymnast.
With these kinds of skills, it makes sense as to why Graff began doing stunt work in 2007 — appearing in several television shows and films including X-Men: First Class, Make it or Break It, Bridesmaids, Knight and Day, and Bad Teacher among many others. She’s also one of the biggest stars, male or female, on the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior.
Chloe Kim — Snowboarding
Chloe Kim is an unstoppable force from California. She became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at 17 years of age.
Kim is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first-ever woman to win gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Now 20 years old, Kim is the current World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games champion on the halfpipe — an impressive feat, to say the least!
Tarah Gieger — Motocross Racing
Let’s be real here, people — Tarah Gieger is an absolute renegade. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gieger is a professional motocross racer. Although she began practicing surfing at first, Gieger quickly switched to motorcycles by the time she was 10 years old.
Clearly, her training in the mountains of San Sebastián paid off because Gieger is now the only girl to ever backflip a motorcycle and has more X Games medals than any other female motocross racer in history, leaving everyone else behind in the dust.
Breanna Stewart — Basketball
Known for her humble spirit, Breanna Stewart is a beloved star who has undeniably established herself in the world of basketball.
After a successful high school career — National Gatorade Player of the Year, the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, and a McDonald’s All-American — Stewart was the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, and she now plays for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. Due to an injury, though, she didn’t play the entire 2019 season and instead was a league ambassador.
Hope Solo — Soccer
Regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world, Hope Solo played for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 until 2016. Not only is Solo a World Cup champion but she’s also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Aside from playing on the field, Solo had her chance to dance on stage when she participated in the television show Dancing With the Stars. Solo has also posed for various magazines and published her own autobiography called Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
Aly Raisman — Gymnastics
Best known for being a captain of Team USA’s “Fierce Five” in the 2012 London Olympics — as well as the “Final Five” in the 2016 Rio Games — Aly Raisman is an all-star gymnast.
During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Raisman managed to not only lead her team to victory, but grab a medal herself. With six Olympic medals, she is the second-most decorated Olympic gymnast in American history behind Shannon Miller. Although she retired in January 2020, Aly Raisman will go down in history as one of the most skilled gymnasts of our time.
Lindsey Vonn — Skiing
Considering that she has received many awards over the years, famed alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn is completely accustomed to red carpet events. In any case, we think it’s safe to say that Vonn has built quite an impressive resume over the years, winning four World Cup overall championships — one of only two female skiers to do so!
At this point, it’s no surprise that Vonn received the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2010 and was the United States Olympic Committee’s Sportswoman of the Year.
Tori Bowie — Track
Tori Bowie is a track and field athlete who first got her start in Sand Hill, Mississippi. She began running track for her high school before going on to join and win contests all over the globe. After competing at a collegiate level, Bowie went pro.
Not only did she become a 2016 Olympian but she would also go on to establish herself as a three-time Olympic medalist. Aside from that, Bowie is also the 2017 100m world champion. Today, the 29-year-old resides in Florida and continues to compete.
Danica Patrick — Racing
Known as one of the most famous race car drivers of all time, Danica Patrick is an absolute media sensation and — let’s be honest — fan favorite. Throughout the years, Patrick has not only broken the gender barrier in NASCAR but she’s also paved the way for women in the sport.
Patrick became one of the most successful women in the history of American open-wheel racing after zooming her way to victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race. When she’s not shredding rubber, Patrick is evidently lighting up the red carpet.
Simone Biles — Gymnastics
You didn’t actually expect to get through the list without landing on Simone Biles, did you? If you did, you thought wrong! In any event, Biles climbed her way to stardom when she was only 19 years old and competed in the Olympic games.
Part of the gymnastics team that was lovingly nicknamed the “Final Five,” Biles is by far one of the most beloved athletes in American history! Now 23 years old, Biles certainly doesn’t seem like she’s slowing down. In fact, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Allison Stokke — Pole Vault
Allison Stokke is not only a track and field athlete but a fitness model, as well. After beginning her career as a pole vaulter as a teenager, Stokke broke a number of American records throughout high school.
She continued the sport while attending college — University of California, Berkeley — while also competing for their California Golden Bears collegiate track team. Although Stokke did well at a college and national level, she failed to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012. Since then, she has worked as a model.
Ronda Rousey — MMA
Nicknamed “Rowdy Ronda Rousey,” this fighter is a well-known name whether or not you’re a big sports fan. Today, she’s basically the face of WWE. Before that, though, she started out somewhere else.
After becoming the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo, Rousey decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. In 2018, Rousey began a career in professional wrestling, signing a contract with WWE. What’s more, Rousey is the only woman to win a championship in both the UFC and WWE.
Debbie Harry – $25 Million
If you were into the punk scene in the 70s, you most likely heard of Blondie. One of the biggest bands to come out of the scene and eventually find their way into the mainstream, this band also brought with it an iconic frontwoman in Debbie Harry.
Over the next four decades, the singer also dipped her toe into modeling as well as acting. With some success in everything she’s done, the renowned artist was able to build a net worth of about $25 million.
Dua Lipa – $25 Million
The young English pop star has, over a short period, been able to build a devoted fan base and a pretty nice bank account. Her debut album came with three megahits that have already become classics.
With her latest release and all of her endorsements, Dua Lipa has been working hard and is now worth approximately $25 million. Not bad for someone who is only 25 years old. There’s clearly more to come!
Stevie Nicks – $80 Million
When you’re young and in love, sometimes you do crazy things, but fortunately for Stevie Nicks, that crazy thing really paid off. Joining Fleetwood Mac with her boyfriend, Stevie Nicks became a rock and roll icon.
Not only as a member of Fleetwood Mac but as a solo artist as well, Stevie has sold over 140 million records and has had dozens of top hits. All of this has helped build her net worth up to $80 million.
Pink – $110 Million
If you think sassy rockstar, then one name that most definitely comes to mind is the very talented Pink. Not only is she a rock star on the stage, but in real life and through her tenacity and hard work has been able to build quite the career.
With a laundry list of chart-topping hits, this singer/songwriter and businesswoman has worked hard to earn herself a net worth of approximately $110 million.
Ariana Grande – $150 Million
Starting on the stages of Broadway, Ariana Grande found her way into the Nickelodeon stable of children actors. Making her mark in several of Nickelodeon’s top-rated shows, eventually, Arianna returned to her music and became the pop star she is today.
Quickly this singer/actress garnered a lot of attention and earned herself dozens of awards and nominations. Ariana’s net worth is about $150 million.
Miley Cyrus – $160 Million
Miley Cyrus may have started with a famous name and a famous musician as a father, but she took to make it on her own. This singer/actress started to build her empire as a teen on the hit Disney Channel television show Hannah Montana.
After leaving the show, she continued her music career, which only served to catapult her further into the limelight. With her film and music career Miley has amassed a net worth of about $160 million.
Christina Aguilera – $160 Million
It seems like the ’90s were made for Disney stars to find their way into the limelight, especially in the music realm. Starting her career off as a member of the Mickey Mouse club, Christina Aguilera eventually broke ties with that group and began her very successful music career.
Just like many pop stars, Christina also found her way into film and has continued to work hard, building a net worth of approximately $160 million.
Faith Hill – $165 Million
Not only is Faith Hill one of the most beloved country music stars, but she is also half of one of the most popular married couples in country music. Coming into the limelight in the early 1990s, Faith Hill capitalized on the changing environment of country music and struck it big.
With several chart-topping hits, the iconic country music star was able to garner several awards, which only served to help to be one of the highest-selling female country music stars of all time. This is undoubtedly how she amassed her net worth of $165 million.
Janet Jackson – $175 Million
Janet Jackson is a member of one of the most illustrious and influential music families in the world. Starting her career out in front of the camera and eventually working her way into the family business, Janet became a pop culture icon.
With a laundry list of iconic songs, this amazingly talented woman has been able to build a career that has spanned decades and garnered her a net worth of about $175 million.
Tina Turner – $200 Million
With more than 200 million records sold, we are sure there is nobody in the world who doesn’t know the name Tina Turner. This legend has been inducted into several halls of fame, and though retired, still is one of the most famous women ever to grace a stage.
Using her voice, Tina worked her way up from the bottom and built a net worth of somewhere in the range of $200 million.
Britney Spears – $215 Million
In the ’90s, pop music was all about Britney and Christina. Both of them came from the Mickey Mouse club and launched their music careers about the same time. The iconic songs and dance videos certainly helped this young singer make her mark.
Though she has gone through a lot of changes and difficulties over her young life, the singer, through her music and endorsements, has been able to amass a net worth of approximately $215 million.
Diana Ross – $250 Million
Diana Ross may be one of the most iconic singers to emerge from the Motown era. Starting as the frontwoman for the chart-topping vocal group The Supremes, she launched herself into stardom.
Eventually, the songstress would also spend time in front of the camera and break out on her own to maintain an illustrious career for over five decades. During this lengthy career, she sold millions of records and amassed a wealth of approximately $250 million.
Bette Midler – $250 Million
“The Divine Miss M” is also one of the richest female singers in the world. Not only is she a very talented songstress, but she is also a published author as well as an actress. Her diversity in talent has helped her win a plethora of awards for her work.
Over her multiple-decade career, Bette Midler has worked hard and has left us with memorable moments in both music and film history. Doing this has helped her build a fortune of about $250 million.
Nana Mouskouri – $280 Million
Many of the most well-known artists globally come from a handful of countries, but artists from all over make an impact. As one of the best-selling artists in the world, Nana Mouskouri certainly fits the bill of one of the wealthiest female singers.
Throughout her career, this very talented singer has released more than 200 LPs in a multitude of languages. This has allowed her to build a net worth of about $280 million.
Shakira – $300 Million
In the early 2000s, a Colombian singer with a unique voice named Shakira launched herself on the US charts. Though new to the US market, Shakira had already built quite the following in her home country of Colombia.
This talented young singer built a multimillion-dollar business not only as a singer but also as a songwriter, dancer, and businesswoman. Her determination and talent have built her bank to somewhere in the realm of $300 million.
Mariah Carey – $320 Million
Mariah Carey is one of the most decorated and loved singers in the world. Signing very early in her career to Columbia Records, she released an album that contained four top 100 singles, and the rest, as they say, is history.
This singer has branched out and tried her hand at acting while still maintaining her musical prowess and selling over 200 million albums globally. Her powerful voice has racked in about $320 million for her.
Lady Gaga – $320 Million
Lady Gaga, known to her fans as “Mother Monster,” is not only a talented songwriter and singer but also has begun to stretch her legs in the acting world. With stints on the very popular American Horror Story as well as her starring role in A Star Is Born, she has built quite the empire.
Not only does she delve into the creative realms of film and music, but she also runs her own fashion lines and is a well-known philanthropist. With all that being said, the unique songstress has built her net worth up to about $320 million.
Katy Perry – $330 Million
Katy Perry’s fun and flirtatious pop songs have become anthems for young girls for over a decade now. The young singer also has made quite the mark as a songwriter and is currently a judge on the music competition show American Idol.
The popularity of her anthem-like songs and business acumen has allowed Katy to work her way into the top 20 of the richest singers in the world.
Cher – $360 Million
Few duos are more iconic than Sonny and Cher from the ’60s. Though that partnership wouldn’t last very long, Cher’s career definitely would. As the decades went on, sure also moved into the realm of film and became accomplished there as well.
With their multitude of iconic hits, the pop queen has kept working to this very day on amassing a bank account most of us can only dream of.
Taylor Swift – $400 Million
Taylor Swift’s music has become synonymous with breakups and dealing with things that happen in almost everyone’s personal life. This may be why she is so popular and has been able to build an empire at such an early age.
Starting at such a young age means that the sky’s the limit for this talented musician, especially since she has already hit a net worth of approximately $400 million.
Shania Twain – $400 Million
There are many iconic singers from the country music world, but only a handful have earned fame across genre borders. That may be why Shania Twain, a Canadian singer, and songwriter, has been able to amass such wealth.
Selling over 100 million records, this hardworking country singer has cemented her place in country music history. While doing this, she has built herself a net worth of about $400 million.
Jennifer Lopez – $400 Million
Jennifer Lopez started her career as a dancer on In Living Color, utilizing her talent and drive to launch herself into stardom. J-Lo has been successful in everything she has done, from acting to singing to fashion.
Because of this, she has been able to maintain a consistently successful career and found herself with a bank account of approximately $400 million as well as a place on the richest singers list.
Barbara Streisand – $400 Million
Barbra Streisand has been entertaining us for over six decades. Through her amazing voice and her ability to act and direct, she has been able to build a career that spans the border of music and film.
The singer/actress has won multiple awards and continues to work to this very day. Her hard work and dedication have allowed her to build a net worth of more than $400 million.
Victoria Beckham – $450 Million
Sure, you may know her as one member of the famous British pop girl group, the Spice Girls, but this songstress has many more talents. Whether you call her Victoria Beckham or Posh Spice, she has worked hard to expand her portfolio.
After separating from her group, she found fame as a fashion designer and model as well as a businesswoman. Though it didn’t help her amass her $450 million, she also was able to nab one of the most eligible bachelors in football, David Beckham.
Beyoncé – $500 Million
Finding her groove as a member of the girl group Destiny’s Child, it was only a short time before this star found her way to a solo career. Now Beyoncé is not only a singer and songwriter but also an actress and mother.
Having already collected 22 Grammy Awards at such a young age, there is no doubt that she has to be one of the wealthiest singers in the world, and in fact, she is with a net worth of approximately $500 million.
Gloria Estefan – $500 Million
When you think of the ’80s and early ’90s, if you want good dance music, one of the bands you may think of is Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. Their fusion of Latin music and pop delivered the band and this very talented singer several awards.
As her career grew, she also added songwriter, actress, and businesswoman to her resume. As a result, she was able to amass approximately a $500 million net worth.
Rihanna – $550 Million
Rihanna is one of the most well-known artists across the globe. Her unique mixture of island sounds with pop last year into the music scene with a bank. Over her career, though, the young singer has evolved and been able to maintain her popularity.
The young singer from Barbados has even stepped in front of the camera a couple of times and looks to develop an acting career as well. This diversification has allowed her to be able to build a network of about $550 million.
Dolly Parton – $600 Million
Dolly Parton started her country music career way back in 1964. Now over 70 years old, the country music icon still strums her guitar and delivers her iconic hits and new hits as she tours the country.
The ever recognizable country music icon also has made her mark in film, which has helped her amass a net worth of somewhere in the range of $600 million.
Celine Dion – $800 Million
If you’re looking for a power ballad or something to get you deeper into your feelings, then we’re sure at some point you have put on a Céline Dion record. This Canadian songstress has diversified her portfolio and added to several other businesses.
But even with those other businesses, nothing can compare it to the over 200 million records that she has sold in her career. We are sure these records are a large part of her estimated $800 million net worth.
Madonna – $850 Million
Every little girl in the ’80s wanted to be Madonna. She had a unique fashion and a rebellious spirit, which is what launched her into the public eye. Her debut album hit the charts high, and ever since, she has been called “the Queen of Pop.”
Releasing new music consistently from then, she also ventured into film and had quite a bit of success there too. This is why she is perhaps the richest female singer in the world, with a net worth of about $850 million.