Caroline Wozniacki: As a professional athlete, how much money would you consider as enough money? The answer for Caroline Wozniacki is $35,233,415. Surprisingly, this is the exact amount Wozniacki managed to put in her bank before retiring this year.
She announced her retirement in 2020 at the age of 29. This is a woman who has won a Grand Slam tournament and held the global number one ranking. And to see her retire before she turns 30? It’s a shame she couldn’t wow us with her talent for a few more years.
Sadly, the professional pole-vaulting industry doesn’t get the deserved attention in the sports department, but Allison Stokke changed everything when she went viral. With that being said, her career has gone through many controversies, but Stokke seems to soldier on.
She started her professional career after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. At that time, she landed multiple modeling gigs with Athleta and Nike, as well as many endorsements. In October 2019, Stokke tied the knot with Rickie Fowler, a professional golfer.
Prior to becoming a professional in 2015, Spiranac played golf during her college days at both the San Diego State and University of Arizona. However, the former Mountain West Conference champion had more success in those days in comparison to professional games.
She had only one season in the LPGA and two on the professional golf circuit. When she realized she wouldn’t be able to go far with golf, she fell back on her second option — beauty! She’s appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition plus Golf Digest.
At the tender age of five, Anastasia Ashley picked up her very first surfboard. She never really looked back as her first contest win came when was six and the first confirmed sponsorship at age seven. While most kids were jumping rope or playing hopscotch, Ashley was busy taming the waves.
She’s won it all — the Professional Surfing Tour Championship and the National Scholastic Surfing Association. A woman of many talents, Ashley owns her own jewelry line and modeled for Maxim.
Although Lindsey Vonn can boast a case full of medals, she’s probably still lamenting about the others she could have scooped up during the Winter Olympics of 2014. As what happens to many other athletes during their career, Vonn missed some as she was injured.
Sadly, the injury stopped her from defending her gold medal at the Olympics. However, she can truly be proud of an unmatched career by holding the title for the most World Cup skiing titles in the history of female sports.
Even before reaching the age of 10, Marta Menegatti had been loving sports. This Italian professional beach volleyball player boasts two golds and seven each of slice and bronze medals in her trophy case from her conquests on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
She, along with the Italian women’s National Team, got their first World Tour Title in September 2015. Menegatti is quite active on her social media handles, with her Instagram follower count crossing the 50,000 mark.
Although not a golfer anymore, Blair O’Neal puts her short career experience to great use. She made a huge entry in the golf scene after appearing on the Golf Channel’s, The Big Break.
The exposure plus her good looks roped in multiple sponsorship deals and eased her transition into a television and modeling career. She hasn’t professionally golfed since 2015 and currently spends her time working on shows like Morning Drive on the Golf Channel.
Typically, gymnasts have painfully short careers as they’re mostly retired by the end of their teenage years. Aly Raisman stands out from everyone else in her field as this talented gymnast took part in two Olympics.
For both the years of 2012 and 2016, Raisman received gold medals at the Olympics, making her the second American in all of history to score back to back golds in team competitions. She can definitely thank her longevity. She holds six Olympic medals, making her the second-most awarded Olympic gymnast in US history.
If there’s someone who’s bagging all the trophies, it’s Skylar Diggins. She’s recently signed a huge deal with the Phoenix Mercury and is a four-time WNBA All-Star. As she was on maternity leave, she had to sit out for the whole season of 2019, and she came back stronger and hungrier than ever!
Currently, Diggins is living a happy married life with husband Daniel Smith, ex-Notre Dame wide receiver. She signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports in 2013, making her the first female athlete to join the brand.
When she’s not setting the field on fire with her swift soccer skills and calculated strike, Alex Morgan is busy stealing hearts with her undeniable beauty.
Morgan has been an indispensable part of the American Women’s Nation Team for more than 10 years now and has scored more than a hundred goals for her country. She’s wedded to Servando Carrasco, another professional soccer player. The duo welcomed their first child in May of 2020.
When she was just nine, Sage Erickson’s parents moved to Oahu, Hawaii. For most of us, this would mean being able to sit by the beach for longer, a sunburn that never goes away, and jungle exploration filled with adventures. For her, it meant a gate to the world of surfing.
Fast forward about two decades and Erickson is one of the best female surfers on the planet. She won two US Open of Surfing championships and presently holds the 13th rank in the global list of World Surf League.
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Lauren Sesselmann played soccer at a college level at Purdue University. She had a relatively decent start to her career and decided to use her father’s descent to get Canadian citizenship.
With little to no hope of ever getting called for the already-loaded US national team, Sesselmann headed to Canada and made her place in the National Team. She earned a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics playing for Canada and appeared in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
Naturally, Jaqueline Carvalho towers over any average crowd with her 6’1″ stature, except when she’s working. Carvalho had a pretty normal life as she grew up in Recife, Brazil. As a professional volleyball player, this gifted and beautiful woman has made her contributions toward Brazil dominating the Olympic Women’s Volleyball section.
She scored back to back golds at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics for her home country. Although she retired from the international scene in 2018, she continues to play professionally with Osasco Audax in Brazil.
Talk about a stunning start to a career! Winifer Fernandez scooped up the Best Receiver, Best Digger, and Best Libro awards at the NORECA Youth Championships of 2010. Her professional career commenced shortly after that. She spent some years of her career playing for Azerbaijan and her native nation, Dominican Republic.
Fernandez has always been recognized for her stellar good looks, which earned her a spot on a few “Most Beautiful Athletes” lists, but her playing skills are the only thing she really wants to be known for.
Shelina Zadorsky may come from Canada, but her skills in the field of soccer have made her a global star. She moved to the US to play at the college level for the University of Michigan prior to embarking on her professional journey that would take her to places like Sweden and Australia before returning to the US.
Zadorsky has played more than 60 times on the national team, including at the Olympics of 2016 and FIFA Women’s World Cup of 2019. Currently, she dons the jersey of Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
Many probably didn’t know this, but before taking over the MMA scene, Ronda Rousey was a household name. She was the first American female to scoop an Olympic accolade in judo. In 2008, she got the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.
This paved the way for her entry into a career in MMA, and the rest is history. Rousey used her fame and popularity to kick-start her WWE career. Even though the fights are set up these days, we can see her flipping her opponents around in the ring.
Maria Sharapova picked up the WTA Newcomer of the Year award when she was just 16. This was only a couple of years after she had an incredible debut season in which she competed against some huge players in the Grand Slam, alongside winning a tournament in Japan.
Merely two years later, the world had agreed — she was the number one player in the female tennis scene, and she became a global icon. Since then, Sharapova has won a total of 36 titles and earned a career Grand Slam. There’s really no one that’s truly on her level.
In a clan filled with skiers, Knight paved her own path. Hilary Knight became an ice-hockey player and a world-class one at that! She started her career by scoring a win at a National Championship at the University of Wisconsin.
Her professional career began after she completed college, and she quickly began playing for teams like the Boston Blades, Boston Pride, and finally — her present team — Les Canadiennes de Montréal. Knight represented her nation at 2010, 2014, and 2018 Olympics, picking up a gold medal and two silvers.
For someone that looks so sweet, Camila Giorgi is bursting in power. She’s considered one of the hardest hitters in the whole women’s tennis scene. Giorgi’s career may not have reached the heights as some of her contemporaries, but she’s made about $4 million through her time.
In 2018, she reached a career peak after qualifying for the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, consequently earning the 26th world ranking. Interesting fact — Giorgi’s mom is a fashion designer, and she designs a new dress for her daughter for each of her matches.
The top 10 women celebrity crushes we all have
Look, we all know we are more interested in looking at female celebrities than male ones (except you Ryan, calm down). Here are the top lady crushes most women have:
10. Emma Stone
Emma Stone burst onto our radars as the quirky, offbeat comedy star with a difference. Yes, there’s no denying that she’s beautiful but she’s also a little different, funny and not your typical Hollywood starlet. They say you can’t have it all…
9. Olivia Wilde
Not just a pretty face, Olivia took the stage name Wilde after the one and only Oscar, a testament to her brains too, perhaps? No, mainly because her real name is Olivia Cockburn. No, it is. Not only does she act, she also models, writes, acts and directs. Oh and she just did a shoot with Glamour where she showed just how beautiful is is to be a breastfeeding mum. Swoon.
8. Miranda Kerr
Miranda started out as a Victoria’s Secret model (no surprise there really) and rose through the ranks to become one of the most famous Supermodels of recent times. As if that wasn’t quite enough, she’s also a fashion icon and has the worlds cutest baby with Orlando Bloom. Life envy much?
7. Christina Hendricks
Christina, or as most of us will know her, Joan, the steely star of Mad Men, is as famous for her acting skills as she is for her curves and she never looks as good as when poured into another of those fabulous vintage costumes. Not bitter at all…
6. Mila Kunis
Mila is another classic case of being the girl that every man wants and every woman wants to be. Not just content with being hot, smart, funny and oh yes, engaged to Ashton Kutcher, she’s also a serious film actress when the time calls for it. *Sigh*
5. Jennifer Lawrence
Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence? She proved herself as a worthy actress from the get go and her popularity has been on an upward spike ever since. The fact that she appears to be so grounded, normal and funny only helps to increase our admiration (and love) for her.
4. Alessandra Ambrosio
Brazilian born Alessandra is a Victoria’s Secret model (no surprise there) and there isn’t really much else to say here, so just look at the image below and feel the awe rise up around you. If you aren’t blessed with her genes, you can always use party casino research to understand how you can win elsewhere – right?
Pretty much every sane girl in the world would agree that Rihanna is one of the hottest females ever. She appears to have it all. The looks, talent, money, men (well…), lifestyle, friends. So thank you Rihanna, we officially want to be you right about now.
2. Blake Lively
Blake, the tall, beautiful Gossip Girl star has since moved on from teen dramas and married the equally beautiful Ryan Reynolds. With legs up to her armpits, the most lusted after hair in the business and a wardrobe full of clothes that merely highlight how goddamn hot she is, Blake, we applaud and really want to be you.
Come on, you had to have known that Beyoncé would be our number one. It’s Beyoncé for gods sake. A stellar career, the most amazing figure on the planet, riches and an ability to rock a leotard like nobody else, there isn’t much to do apart from just look on in wonder.
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In defence of Cassie from Euphoria
I am a Cassie Howard apologist. Yes, even after last night’s episode of Euphoria. I sympathise with her, even if I don’t condone her choices, or even enjoy watching them most of the time. The problem with being a Cassie stan – as is the case with any of the characters in the Euphoria universe – is that every week the show tests that stance, pushing our problematic faves to new depths of debauchery and dubious morality. Cassie’s character in particular has practically become a meme in itself, with TikTok asking itself, week-on-week, how she can possibly fall any lower in our estimations. Of course, she does it anyway.
Some have speculated online that Cassie is a character foil for Rue, both of them addicts, with the show telling the story of their desperate needs. For Rue, the object of her addiction is opiates, for Cassie, it’s love. Rue’s backstory illustrated to the audience how her life up until now – her family trauma, a healthcare system that over-medicates its children – had primed her for addiction to drugs. In the same way, Cassie’s – growing up with an alcoholic mother and absent addict dad, being se**alised at a young age by older men – primed her for a dependency on male validation. But it’s undoubtedly harder to root for Cassie in spite of her flaws the way we rally for our flawed protagonist Rue to finally get her shit together.
Maybe that’s because Cassie embodies so many of the things we hate, or at least the things we ridicule; the things we collectively recognise are objectively incredibly annoying. Her problems pale in seriousness compared to the others – she’s not self-harming or addicted to opiates or dealing drugs or framing innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit – and so her struggles seem so cheesy, so silly. Cassie’s main dilemma is that she’s sleeping with her best friend’s ex-boyfriend. And she makes such a big deal about it. She falls into a depression spiral and treats her friends badly and dr*inks too much. She throws herself at a man who clearly doesn’t want her. She gets messy and throws up at a birthday party. When she’s exposed by Rue, she deflects the blame with pani*cked vindictiveness. Cassie is completely wrapped up in herself and her struggles, to the point where she doesn’t seem cognisant of the power and privileges she still possesses.
It’s easy to dislike her, I would ar*gue, in moments like this, because it’s relatively easy to see ourselves (or at least our teenage selves) in her messiness. While the problems faced by characters like Cal Jacobs or Ashtray might be so far away from our own lives that we can safely say we’d do it all better and never let ourselves get in those dangerous situations, Cassie’s cheugy, messy emotionality and teenage angst are uncomfortably close. It’s no surprise then, that Cassie has become an emblem of equally painful-to-follow toxic female characters, like Fleabag or the unnamed, but similarly self-indulgent protagonist of Ottessa Moshfegh’s book My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Cassie is in her Fleabag era, but unfortunately for her, there is no Hot Priest-shaped respite for viewers, only Nate Jacobs. And while we do get moments of being able to say “finally, go girl give us something”, like when Cassie walked out of an argument with Nate after saying she was crazier than Maddie, the show almost always instantly subverts them with having Cassie crawl back for more abuse. Annoying to watch? Perhaps. Realistic? From a lonely 17-year-old, sadly yes!
Even when she’s dealing with more serious problems, Euphoria is never far from reminding us of Cassie’s ridiculousness. When she asks Lexi whether she looks different, shortly after finding out she’s pregnant with McKay, Lexi becomes a stand-in for the audience, lashing out at her sister and pointing out how absurd she sounds. For the audience, the dramatic irony is even more potent: we know that while Cassie is experiencing her own personal trauma, she was also totally unequipped to deal with McKay’s (who had just experienced a violent hazing at the hands of his fraternity brothers, and was coming to the crushing realisation that he would never be a professional athlete), which many viewers interpreted as an unwillingness to engage with it too.
Euphoria’s total disregard of character development for McKay – he appeared in the first episode of season two, and has been missing in action ever since – compared to its almost lecherous lingering over Cassie’s every move, has been singled out as one of the show’s many problematic recent decisions. And while online rumours have speculated over whether that was down to actor Algee Smith’s views on vaccinations, the fact remains that Euphoria’s choice to ignore McKay’s struggles in favour of Cassie’s make her OTT breakdowns even more painful to watch. That much is fair: but the fact audience complaints are directed at the fictional character herself, not the polarising showrunner behind those decisions (Sam Levinson), a little more unfair imo!
One constant criticism of Levinson’s writing and of Euphoria as a show, even amongst its hardcore fans, is how over the top and ridiculous it is. How its storylines would never happen in real life (at least not all at once, to one friendship group, in the middle of the school year), and how none of the characters would pass dress code, and how it doesn’t make sense that there are no uggos, only hotties. It’s true that much of the show’s audience has never picked up a suitcase of narcotics and carted it around town on a bicycle, or secretly recorded all of the times we’ve cheated on our suburban wife, or dropped out of school to care for our ex-dr*ug baron grandmother. But you might have drunk too much at a party and thrown up. You probably debased and embarrassed yourself trying too hard for someone who didn’t want you, or ug*ly cried down the phone to people who think you’re being, honestly, a bit self-indulgent and annoying. Every week, Cassie acts out the kind of things you remember at two in the morning and cringe so hard at that it’s impossible to sleep. But it’s hard to admit you were more embarrassing than you currently are, and mortifying to watch someone else do the same, and so we’re like: No, Cassie fu**ing su*ks.
And she does, of course, but I would argue no more so (and in some cases, a lot less so) than any other character in season two of Euphoria. In last night’s episode [spoilers here!] Cassie tries to get out of being exposed for sleeping with Nate by calling Rue a drug addict, after Rue loses her temper with Cassie’s naive attempt to reassure her she can take rehab “one day at a time”. Was that advice cringey? Yes! Is Cassie’s response cruel? Yes! Is it worse than Rue calling Leslie a bad mom? Or Laurie injecting a dopesick 17-year-old with morphine? In the case of the former, I would say sleeping with your best pal’s ex is dubiously worse. But the latter? I mean, probably not! Judging by the episode’s response today on Twitter and Reddit though, that sliding scale of perspective is not a popular excuse for Cassie’s increasingly dumb behaviour. But, I digress!
Cassie know good and well she could’ve played that off better like baby you gotta learn how to LIE
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) February 7, 2022
So yes, I am a Cassie apologist. But, I must caveat, no more so than I am an apologist for any of the other flawed, broken, ug*ly characters in the relentless, unforgiving universe that Sam Levinson created for them to live in. That’s the beauty of Euphoria. For all the criticism the series has received (some of it deserved, some of it TikTok hysteria) its success lies in its ability to make the audience empathise, even for a second, with a man like Cal Jacobs, who created a life of amorality and toxic masculinity to compensate for internalised homophobia. Or with a character like Jules, so lonely and hurt that she’ll cheat on the emotionally unavailable Rue with Elliott. Or Rue, so desperately addicted to drugs that she’ll attack her mother, sister and best friends. You might recoil at their choices but on some level you understand what drove them to those choices too.
It’s entirely possible, of course, that I will regret this appeal for moderation when it comes to burning Cassie Howard at the stake for crimes against humanity and friendship and fashion. There are still another four episodes of season two of Euphoria left, and with things looking bleaker than ever for the universe’s characters, who knows how much further she can sink. Sam Levinson has created a world with only two certainties: one, that we will complain every week without fail about his characterisation and then tune in to watch anyway. And two, that Nate Jacobs fu**ing su*ks.
Watch: Katherine Heigl flashes knickers as she strips off in middle of busy New York street
The 36-year-old comedy starlet can clearly laugh at herself, and her facial expressions were a picture when she got caught stripping off in the Big Apple yesterday.
Katherine was spotted shamelessly undressing and redressing herself, transforming from her neon pink and black cycling outfit to a more work-ready white pencil skirt and turtleneck top.
But the American beauty gave onlookers an eyeful when she unwittingly flashed her knickers during her rapid wardrobe swap.
While most would be left red-faced, Katherine had an excuse for her peculiar behaviour because she was filming scenes for her new CBS show called Doubt.
The mother-of-two was joined by her co-star Dulé Hill, 40, who played the perfect gentleman by clutching on to her handbag while she was otherwise occupied.
The crew are currently filming a reboot of the pilot episode, with Katherine being cast as successful defence lawyer Sadie Ellis alongside Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox who will play a trans Ivy League-educated attorney.
Meanwhile, Katherine’s husband Josh Kelley recently spoke out to defend her after she was branded “difficult” for blasting her own 2007 film Knocked Up.
I mean, it’s very interesting because somehow a bunch of haters just created a whole thing that she’s ‘difficult’,” he said. “That girl’s never been late, never missed a mark, she’s the least ‘difficult’ person in the world.
“I’ve been to every movie set since we were together, and everybody loves her. “So it’s really interesting how people can make s**t up and then it can get a heartbeat.”