In the past, athletes were famous only for their athletic abilities. In modern times, however, athletes are just as likely to be seen rocking some amazing threads on the red carpet. Sports have never been as glamorous as they are right now, and many athletes have become the faces of the world’s top fashion lines. With more and more athletes going into fashion design and modeling business, it is no surprise that they are some of the most stylish people around today!
1. Dwyane Wade
Wade-ing into the fashion industry.
Dwyane Wade used to be famous only for being the shooting guard for the Miami Heat in the NBA, but nowadays he is just as famous for strutting his stuff on the runway. He has modelled for men’s magazine GQ and released a shoe line called WADE in collaboration with the Chinese athletic company Li-Ning.
Wade manages to perfect balance quirkiness with classic style- not an easy feat since he is 6 foot 4 inches. He’s even posed with Karlie Kloss for Vogue, and been on the cover of Essence! His best fashion advice? To find a designer you like and to stick with them.
2. Maria Sharapova
Sharapova has an advantage on the fashion court.
Ranked under the top 5 female tennis players in the world, Russian-born Maria Sharapova scores both on the court and in front of the camera. Apart from being consistently ranked one of the 50 most beautiful women in the world, her entrepreneurial spirit has helped her become one of the most successful athletic models and endorsers in the world.
She has modelled for Sports Illustrated and designed her clothing collection for Nike. She also designs shoes and handbags for Cole Haan. This lady is crazy busy!
3. David Beckham
Style it like Beckham.
A former professional football player now turned fashion mogul, and David Beckham is now just as famous for his style as his stunning wife, Victoria. Together, the couple has become a fashion powerhouse, and his many endorsements have made him one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.
He has been the face of Adidas, Armani, H&M and he was named one of GQ’s 50 best-dressed men this year. He has been in talks to launch his clothing line since last year, and rumors have run abound about whether it would be sports-themed or not. One thing is for sure- with the Beckham brand on it, it’s bound to be a smash hit.
4. Serena Williams
The fashion Grand Slam champion.
Is it any surprise at all that the number one ranked female tennis player in the world is also one of the most stylish? Serena Williams has never been scared of pushing the envelope in fashion, and it has paid off.
Not only has the tennis champion designed lines for Puma and Nike- but she also has a personal clothing line called Aneres and also creates handbags and jewelry for her Signature Statement line. This year she was also the first black female athlete to be featured solo on the cover of Vogue. A record in every way for Williams!
5. Kevin Durant
Bringing some style Thunder.
Kevin Durant, currently small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, is now not only scoring on the court but also in the fashion hoops. The 6 foot 9 basketball star has dazzled in Gucci and Burberry for GQ magazine and has recently been featured in a spread for Teen Vogue.
He’s even done an interview with GQ where he talked about other NBA players’ style- and he offers some surprising insight. Called “nicest guy in the NBA,” they might want to change it to “most stylish guy in the NBA.”
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Scoring fashion goals since the start.
Besides the fact that he is one of the best footballers ever, Cristiano Ronaldo knows all about style. He has famously modelled for big name brands like Armani and Emporio, but also likes to model his line.That’s right. He has his line, and it comes from his boutique!
Started in 2006, CR7 sells belts, custom jeans, shoes and underwear for both women and men. There are currently two stores and plans to expand after Ronaldo launched a line of premium shirts and shoes.
7. Tom Brady
Endorsing fashion all the way.
One of only two football players ever to win the NFL’s “Most Valuable Player” award, Brady has gone from strength to strength as a quarterback for the New England Patriots. Somehow between all his games, Brady has found time to endorse major fashion lines and stay one of the most stylish athletes out there.
In 2014 alone he earned nearly $7 million from endorsements from major brands like Under Armour, Uggs and Movado watches. It’s no wonder, though- after all, he is married to the stunningly stylish Gisele Bündchen.
8. Lindsay Vonn
Forget racing downhill she’s racing her way to the top!
This Olympic skiing gold medalist won’t let anything slow her down. Apart from modelling for Sports Illustrated and walking the runway at New York Fashion week, she is also the face of sports in the United States. She is endorsed by plenty of brands like Under Armour, Oakley, and Rolex and despite being a winter athlete, she isn’t too shy to model in her bikini from time to time.
9. Russell Westbrook
Another basketball fashion icon.
Russel Westbrook joins Kevin Durant as one of the most stylish Oklahoma City Thunder players out there. The 6 foot 3 Westbrook plays point guard and has always been interested in fashion. He is unafraid of pushing the fashion envelope, and his endorsements show that it’s a good thing!
Westbrook is a model for the Jordan Brand and Kings and Jax’s Boxer Briefs. With his clear fearlessness on the court and in fashion, there is no doubt that this list will grow soon.
10. Cam Newton
There must be something about quarterbacks.
The second quarterback to make this list, Cam Newton is an NFL record machine. He currently plays for the Carolina Panthers, but that’s not the only place he stands out.
Newton not only just finished his degree in Sociology, but he’s also somehow found time to model for MADE by Belk, he has also designed an entire line for them! His fashion line is all about bold colours and smooth lines, making it a real winner. Where did his love of fashion come from? Apparently from his parents in Atlanta.
11. Danica Patrick
Nothing dainty about this girl!
Danica Patrick is more than just a beautiful face. She also has nerves of steel, seeing as she’s a champion auto-racing driver with a couple of awards under her belt. She was the first Indianapolis 500 driver to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, also posing for FHM in 2003 and was even offered a full Playboy spread which she turned down.
On the Red Carpet, she has captured the eye of thousands with her effortless style and class, and even sells clothing she designs from her website- with options for men, women, and children.
12. Shaun White
A far cry from the old “Flying Tomato.”
Shaun White is a fashion star from an unlikely place. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and X-games record holder used to be famous for his unruly shock of red hair, but now he is a style icon in his right.
The professional skateboarder and snowboarder has set his sights on design and has since released lines in collaboration with Target. The clothes he design is nitty, gritty and inspired by street art. The ultimate cool!
13. LeBron James
Lebron James knows how to bring the big game! While he currently plays as small forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, this player has an award and championship list almost as tall as he is.
He brings the same winning strategy to his style, and it has paid off. James has designed shoe ranges for Nike, been the first black man to grace the cover of Vogue and produced the first ever NBA fashion show. The stylish star has more lines planned, and we just know they’re going to be out of this world.
14. Patrick Sharp
If there were a gold medal for style, Sharp would be a solid candidate.
The Chicago Blackhawks hockey player is not only part of the current Stanley Cup winners, but he is also an Olympic gold medalist. Often voted to be one of Chicago’s most beautiful people, he has been a prominent model for Gucci and Ralph Lauren and has even been on the cover of the stylish Michigan Avenue magazine.
15. Nick Young
Young famously plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, but many would be surprised at his fashionable flair.
While he often rocks the design label Saint Laurent, Young is also total fashion connoisseur with a closet filled with Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Maison Martin Margielas. Swaggy P, as he also likes to be called, also often struts the red carpet with his partner rap star Iggy Azalea, and the pair were spotted attending this year’s Milan Fashion Week.
16. Matt Kemp
Hitting a style home run.
The first baseball player on this list, Kemp is an outfielder for the San Diego Padres. He has been called the fashion face of baseball, and looking at his style, it’s no wonder!
The athlete’s closet is filled with designers like Valentino, Balenciaga, Tom Ford and Balmain. The star is a fan of clean lines in his suits, and last year he became one of the faces for major chain outlet GAP which he regularly models for.
17. Michelle Wie
A fashion hole-in-one.
The youngest golfer to ever have qualified for the USGA amateur championships, Michelle Wie has matured into a style star in her right. Thought to be one of the most beautiful women in golf, Wie has appeared in Nike fashion shows and is currently showing off pastel purple hair.
Last year she did a major cover shoot for Golf Digest, and even makes her clothing. The part-time artist is also planning her fashion line, so we’ll have to wait and see what this stylish golfer brings to the green.
18. Ryan Lochte
Swimming in a pool of style.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming is someone to watch in the fashion world. Lochte has gotten major endorsements from big brands such as Speedo, Ralph Lauren, and Gillette.
The swimming star has become well-known for his flashy style, and his attendance at the New York Fashion Week is always noted. He has also been in the main talks to create his clothing line and dreams of having his fashion show. Since he’s been on the cover of Vogue, and Anna Wintour apparently loves him, the line will be probably one of a kind.
19. Lewis Hamilton
This British Formula One champion knows how to drive his style in the right direction.
Hamilton is commonly spotted wearing only the most stylish attire and is also one of the ambassadors for London Collections. He likes to attend Paris Fashion Week and is good friends with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing who he looks up to as a style inspiration. Hamilton is one stylish driver for sure!
20. Henrik Lundqvist
Lundqvist shines not only as goaltender for the New York Rangers but also as a stylish athlete.
Not only has he won the title of the best-dressed man in Sweden, but he is also consistently voted one of the most stylish and beautiful people in the world by polls and magazines. Lundqvist has been on the cover of several magazines like GQ and the Bloomingdale’s magazine, and in 2014 he launched an underwear line called Bread and Boxers. Bread and Boxer’s focus are on high-quality underwear and socks for both men and women. Is there anything this stylish player cannot do?