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
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?