Gone are the times when men use to rule the sports world and had the media running behind them. The outstanding achievements and popular fan following of female athletes have made them as a prevalent choice among the fashion magazines. Nude female athletes are one more feather to this fashion cap and certainly a great way to come under the spotlight. Female athletes are preferably the best choice for fitness or fashion magazine because of their fit athletic body. This is why you won’t be surprised to see some of the most sexy fashion covers featuring successful female athletes. Let us take a look at some of the most wanted female athletes who went for a nude photo-shoot for some of the most renowned fashion magazines around the globe.
1. Diana Taurasi:
Born on June 11, 1982 in Glendale, California, Diana Taurasi is a professional American basketball player. She plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She completed her high school from Don Antonio Lugo High School and was awarded with the 2000 Cheryl Miller Award. She did her college from University of Connecticut, where her early basketball started. She won Naismith College Player of the Year awards for the year 2003 and 2004. Her WNBA career started in 2004 with Phoenix Mercury and made her debut against Seattle Storm and netted 26 points in the game. In the same year she was selected for the US national team which participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Diana won awards like Naismith College Player of the Year, NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player, WNBA Peak Performer, WNBA Most Valuable Player Award, WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and USA Basketball’s female athlete of the year. Diana did a nude photo-shoot for the ESPN Body Issue which was released on October 8th 2010.
2. Stephanie Gilmore:
Born on 29 January 1988 in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia, Stephanie Gilmore is an Australian professional surfer. She started her early career at the age of 10 and by the age 17 she entered world tour as a wild card competitor and finally won her first title at the 2005 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Her first title win was followed by another wild card event for the Havaianas Beachley Classic in 2006 where she won the top prize and qualified for Women’s ASP World Tour in 2007. In that year she won four out of eight titles and won them constantly for next three years. In the year 2011, Stephanie did a nude photo-shoot for the ESPN’s 2011 “Body Issue”. Her major achievements in surfing career are 2007 ASP World Title, 2008 ASP World Title, 2009 ASP World Title, 2010 ASP World Title and 2012 ASP World Title.
3. Claire Bevilacqua:
Nick named Bevo, Claire was born on 29 January 1983 in Perth, Australia. Claire is a professional surfer and has been a part of World Championship Tour since 2004. Her father was an Italian and mother an Australian and she spent her childhood days in West Australia. She started her surfing career at an early age and was a quick learner in her profession. Completing her junior professional career with outstanding performances, Claire won the title of State Champion and the Australian Pro Junior Women’s Champion in the year 2003. She won the Hello Kitty Pro Huntington competition in the year 2004 and moved onto the World Championship Tour. However, in the year 2006, she collaborated with Volcom to create the Bevo Signature Series. In 2009 she made a fantastic return to professional surfing as she won the 1st place for Pipeline Pro Hawaii in the same year and won the title for tidal pipeline pro, 2010. Claire did a nude photo-shoot for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue which was released on October 9th2011.
4. Arianny Celeste:
Born on November 12, 1985, Arianny Celeste-Penelope Lopez Marque with her professional name Arianny Celeste is a popular ring girl for the UFC. Being a Mexican by ancestry, Arianny was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and majored her degree in fitness management and nutrition from UNLV. She started her career as a model and did different photo-shoots for magazines such as Maxim, FHM, Sports Illustrated, Fighter’s Only Magazine and Playboy. She made debut with her UFC career in the year 2006 and was voted “2006 Ring Girl of the Year” in 2010. She also won the title for The Hottest UFC Octagon Girl in the May 2010. Arianny was ranked 23rd on the Maxim’s Hot 100 list for 2010 and was on the cover of Maxim magazine’s November/December 2012 issue. In the year 2010 Arianny also did a nude photo-shoot for the November 2010 issue of Playboy.
5. Amanda Beard:
Born on October 29, 1981, Amanda Beard is an American swimmer and has won seven Olympic medals. She won the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice and was a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. She made her Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games when she was just 14 and became the second-youngest Olympic medalist in American swimming history. In her debut Olympic Games she won one gold and two silver medals. She became the world champion in the year 2003 and made the record in the 200-meter breaststroke. With a brilliant professional swimming career, Amanda also made modeling appearances in FHM. She also did nude photo-shoots for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2006 and July 2007 issue of Playboy magazine. In the year 2008, she again did a nude photo-shoot for the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in front of an American flag.
6. Candice Michelle:
Born on September 30, 1978, Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlich is commonly known by her professional name Candice Michelle. She is now a retired professional wrestler but is pursuing her career as model and actress in America. Candice grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and won modeling competition at her local skating rink at the age of sixteen. Her earlier acting career started from the Theater Arts at Santa Monica College and later did numerous bodybuilding and car magazines photo-shoots such as FLEX and Lowrider Magazine. In the year 2004, Candice auditioned to be a contestant for World Wrestling Entertainment’s Raw Diva Search and was selected as a makeup artist by the company. In 2006 she became the first ever WWE Diva Search contestant to win the Women’s Title when she defeated Melina. However, Candice was released from her WWE contract on June 19, 2009 due to her injuries and modeling career. With her professional wrestling career, Candice also did five episodes of Family Feud and also appeared on the Playboy TV show Totally Busted.
7. Hope Solo:
Born on July 30, 1981, in Richland, Washington, United States, Hope Amelia Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She has been a part of the American soccer team since 2000 and played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge in the Women’s United Soccer Association. However, she played in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) for Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and magic Jack. Regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world, Solo helped the United States win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and received the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Solo is the official model for brands like Seiko, Simple Skincare, Nike, BlackBerry, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Gatorade. She was a contestant on the 13th season of the Dancing with the Stars and did photo-shoots for various magazines among which the “Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine became quite popular.
8. Ineta Radevica:
Born on 13 July 1981 in Krāslava, Soviet Union, Ineta is a retired Latvian athlete and completed in the long jump and triple jump events. She won two NCAA championships and also participated in 2004 Summer Olympics. She won the bronze medal in long jump events at 2011 Daegu World Championship and at 2003 Bydgoszcz European U23 Championships. She also won the gold medal for the long jump event at 2010 Barcelona European Championships. However, before the 2004 Summer Olympics, Ineta did a nude photo-shoot for Playboy magazine and became really popular during the international sports meeting. She is married to Russian ice hockey player Petr Schastlivy and was pregnant in the year 2008 which made her miss the Summer Olympics for that year. By the 2012 Summer Olympics she made a comeback but had to end her professional career as she finished fourth in the final race. Ineta did a nude photo-shoot for Playboy magazine for the September 2004 issue and at that time her age was 23.
9. Christy Hemme:
Born on October 28, 1980 in Poway, California, Christina Lee Hemme is popularly known by her professional name Christy. She is an American professional wrestling valet and currently works as a ring announcer and interviewer for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. She grew up in Temecula, California and was a cheerleader for two years at Temecula Valley High. She majored in dance from Mt. San Jacinto College and pursued a career in modeling after graduation from Los Angeles, California. Her earlier modeling career appeared with magazines like Maxim, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Stuff. Later she also featured in videos for bands Blink-182 and Sonic. In the 2004, she took part in Lingerie Bowl and appeared on the cover of the April 2005 issue of Playboy magazine. She participated in the Diva Search held by World Wrestling Entertainment but signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in April 2006.
10. Ashley Massaro:
Born on May 26, 1979 in Babylon, New York, Ashley Marie Massaro is s an American professional wrestler and presently signed to World Independent Ladies Division Wrestling. In her native place her father and brother use to compete in amateur wrestling which became a stepping stone for her wrestling career. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the State University of New York. After that she made her wrestling debut in WWE Diva Search in 2005 and won the WWE Women’s Championship match against Melina at Wrestle Mania 23. She competed in Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageants and won the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in August 2004 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002. As a popular WWE diva, Ashley appeared in FHM, Stuff, Maxim and Playboy magazines. She hosted E! channel Wild On! Episodes, Breaking Bonaduce and did campaign ads for both Hawaiian Tropic and Yamaha.