Being a female athlete is all about dedication, perseverance, and confidence. Those traits are abundantly evident in the female athletes of our newest show, Pretty. Strong. In honor of our cast of all-female football players, we've rounded up 17 women that prove "strong is the new pretty."
1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is truly an icon. Not only does she continue to dominate in the world of tennis, but she's one of the best athletes of our entire generation. She's also completely gorgeous—the epitome of "strong is the new pretty."
2. Ronda Rousey
As the UFC Womens Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey paved the way for women in mixed martial arts (MMA), and is constantly breaking barriers. Last month, she became the first woman ever to grace the cover of Australia Men's Fitness, and proves that nothing is more sexy than being able to kick a little ass.
3. Alex Morgan
A forward for the United State's women's national soccer team, Alex Morgan is one of the only women in America to score 20 goals and collect 20 assists in the same year. She's been named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, and is a NYT best-selling author.
4. Allyson Felix
Allyson Felix is one fast woman. Not only is she an Olympic champion in track and field sprint, but she's also a three-time World champion. Still, despite her gold medals, she stays grounded: "For me, my faith is the reason I run. I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it's all about using it to the best of my ability."
5. Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne plays guard and forward for Chicago's WNBA team, the Chicago Sky, and has made quite a name for herself in the two years since she turned pro. Not only was she named the WNBA MVP for the 2015 season, she was the WNBA's rookie of the year in 2013 and received more votes than any other player for the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, which is unheard of for a rookie.
6. Alli Alberts
As wide receiver for the Chicago Bliss, Alli is one of the top players in the Legends Football League. When she's not kicking ass on the field, she's training to be a prosthodontist (she's already a dentist). Or chugging victory beers on the field. (What. A. Badass.)
7. Anastasia Ashley
Anastasia is a pro surfer and model who began her career at the age of 5. She received the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award as a teenager and has won the National Scholastic Surfing Association championships (twice), the Professional Surfing Tour of America championship, and the 2010 Pipeline Women's Pro in Hawaii.
8. Allison Stokke
Who knew pole vaulting could look this good? Allison turned heads when her pole vaulting POV video went viral a few months ago. Check it out:
9. Sabina Altynbekova
Sabina Altynbekova is the 18-year-old volleyball player from Kazakhstan who made headlines for being "too good-looking" to play volleyball. A local newspaper even published a 10-page spread of photos of her when she visited Taiwan to compete in the Asian Under-19 Championships.
10. Leilani Mitchell
The WNBA is filled with future #WomanCrushWednesdays. Need more proof? Check out Leilani Mitchell, who plays guard for the Phoenix Mercury.
11. Gabrielle Douglas
Gabby captured hearts during the 2012 Olympics as the flying squirrel, but these days, she's grown into a confident, beautiful young woman.
12. Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn is an Olympic skier and is one of the only women in her field to ever win four World Cup championships. What a powerhouse!
13. Leryn Franco
Do all javelin throwers look this amazing? No wonder so many people were obsessed with her during the qualification rounds of the 2012 Olympics.
14. Whitney Miller
Whitney Miller was crowned Miss USA in 2012. Now she's training to earn a Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt. #strongandpretty
15. Skylar Diggins
Skylar plays for guard the Tulsa Shock, and during her time playing basketball for Notre Dame was the top point guard in the nation.
16. Lauren Sesselmann
Soccer must do the body good, judging from the looks of Lauren Sesselmann. Though Lauren was born in the U.S., she gained Canadian citizenship and later helped her team take home the bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.
17. Maria Sharapova
Not only is Maria Sharapova an Olympic medalist, she's one of only ten women to accomplish the career Grand Slam (a huge accomplishment in the world of tennis). She's ranked number 3 in the entire world, so how's that for #goals?