11 Supermodels Who Dated Athletes
The supermodel is the holy grail of masculine lust. Unfortunately for most of us, if we want to avoid ending up alone, we can’t really wait around for a Belgian supermodel to walk into our neighborhood Starbucks.
One of the perks of being a pro athlete, however, is that you can afford to be pretty selective in choosing a mate. And while a lot of pros marry their high school sweethearts who stuck with them during the leaner years, there’s also a pretty good number of them who take full advantage of the privilege their station affords by dating and/or marrying supermodels. Of course, while we all respect the former, we’re definitely more envious of the latter.
Today, we’re going to take a look at 11 supermodels who dated pro athletes. Enjoy, but try not to bee too jealous. It’s not good for you.
11. Ingrid Vanderbosch
I’m not sure anyone outside the fashion world knew who Ingrid Vanderbosch was before she dated then married NASCAR star Jeff Gordon. But the Belgian beauty used to live and work in Paris, was a model for Dior, and appeared in such magazines as ELLE, Marie Claire, Vogue, and Glamour. So I say sure, she’s supermodel, why not? She’s definitely hot enough.
10. Linda Evangelista
Given that supermodel Linda Evangelista is Canadian, you’d think she’s have dated a hockey player like other Canadian hotties (such as Elisha Cuthbert). But no, Linda’s a cosmopolitan chick, so she went with a French soccer player—namely, Fabien Barthez, France’s goalkeeper for their 1998 World Cup Championship as well as their 2nd place finish in 2006. She dated him for somewhere betwen 6 months and a year in 1999.
9. Brooklyn Decker
Marrying former world #1 tennis player Andy Roddick in 2009 was good luck for Ohio native Brooklyn Decker. Soon afterward, she became the 2010 covergirl for Sports Illustrated’s world famous Swimsuit Issue. It would seem, however, that this wasn’t so much a case of Roddick’s good luck rubbing off as much as it was a case of Brooklyn completely sapping Roddick of whatever luck he had. The guy has just been unable to get it done on the court in recent years. At least he has a hot wife to console him.
8. Adriana Karembeu
Before she married French soccer player Christian Karembeu, this ridiculously sexy Wonderbra model was known as Adriana Sklenarikova. On this side of the Atlantic, you may recognize her from her days as a Victoria’s Secret model.
Trivia: she holds the Guinness world record for “model with the longest legs.” Her stems measure an amazing 49.25 inches from hip to heel.
7. Gisele Bundchen
I’m going to be honest here: I just don’t understand all the fuss about Gisele Bundchen. Yes, she is absolutely gorgeous. But all models are kind of absolutely gorgeous. That’s why their models. Can someone explain what makes Gisele so much better than the rest, besides the fact that she is married to Tom Brady? Is it because she’s Brazilian?
6. Naomi Campbell
These days, British supermodel Naomi Campbell is known more for her inability to control her rage (maybe it’s all the coke?) than her love-life. But that doesn’t mean her love-life hasn’t been adventurous. In addition to celebrities like Robert De Niro and U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Campbell has also shacked up with athletes from time to time. In the 1980s, she “dated” Mike Tyson for a spell, and in the late 90s and early 2000s, she dated Italian F1 team manager Flavio Briatore…who also dated a certain German supermodel who has yet to appear on this list.
5. Abigail Clancy
Abigail Clancy—wife of unattractive English soccer star Peter Crouch—rose to fame as a contestant on Britain’s Next Top Model. Since finishing second on that show, she’s been working steadily as a model. For obvious reasons.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Peter Crouch knows exactly how lucky he is. Someone once asked him what he would be if he wasn’t a soccer player, to which Crouch replied, “a virgin!”
4. Tyra Banks
Back before she was a somewhat insane TV personality (did you ever see her now-defunct talk show?), Tyra Banks was one of the hottest supermodels of all time. This photo, from the cover of the 1997 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, is all the proof you need of that.
So what athlete did she date? None other than Mr. How-Many-Timeouts-Do-We-Have-Left himself, Chris Webber.
3. Adriana Lima
Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima is one of the hottest women in the world. So, obviously, she dated Jeter for a bit. (Either that was after she told GQ she was a virgin back in 2006, or we know why the relationship with The Captain didn’t last long.) Eventually, however, Lima married Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric, formerly of the Clippers, T-Wolves, and Grizzlies.
Nothing against Marko, but am I the only one who thinks Jeter to Jaric is a pretty big fall?
2. Elin Nordegren
Tiger cheated on this woman with strippers and porn stars. Unbelievable.
1. Heidi Klum
Okay, I know this one is a stretch, since Mrs. Seal didn’t technically date an athlete. Instead, she dated the afore-mentioned Flavio Briatore, who is 23 years Heidi’s senior (gross) and the father her first child (crazy gross). He’s an F1 manager, not a driver. But he is in sports, so I say it counts.
And in any case, aren’t you glad I found an excuse to bring you this photo?