Today, athletes are celebrities in their own right and seem to appear on red carpets around the world with as much regularity as many actors.
But unlike the starring role they play in their respective sports, many professional athletes take a back seat to the beautiful women in their lives on the red carpet.
Many of the most famous WAGs in the world are models or actresses by day who moonlight as arm candy by night, making them right at home on the red carpet.
Even those who have settled comfortably into domesticity can still steal the show, looking effortlessly striking for a night on the town with (or without) the kids.
Here are the 50 most stylish WAGs in sports.
Disney princess Hilary Duff became a teen idol thanks to her long-time starring role on the Disney Channel comedy Lizzie McGuire and The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003.
She began dating (now) retired NHL player Mike Comrie in 2007, and the couple were married in August 2010. They welcomed their first child in March 2012.
Did You Know: Duff was involved with a high-profile, misguided feud with fellow tween actress Lindsay Lohan in 2003 over the affections of Aaron Carter, the less talented brother of the Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter.
In 1999, 17-year-old Vanessa Bryant was working as a background dancer in the same building where Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was recording his rap album.
The two began dating after a chance meeting and were engaged six months later, before tying the knot in April 2011.
Did You Know: Vanessa and Kobe's wedding was attended by less than a dozen people. Vanessa's family did not approve of the union, and they were estranged for years. Kobe's family didn't attend, either, nor did any of his teammates or his agent.
Melanie Collins is a Penn State graduate who got her start in sports broadcasting working for the Big Ten Network and was hired by Total College Sports in 2012.
She has been dating NHL player Scottie Upshall since 2009.
Did You Know: In March 2012, the ex-husband of porn star Gina Lynn claimed that she had slept with Upshall while he was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers—which overlapped with his relationship with Collins.
Italian-American model Melissa Satta has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Maxim and has been working as an actress in Italy since 2005.
She dated (now) retired Italian footballer Christian Vieri for five years before ending the relationship and rebounding with Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Did You Know: Satta hosted the MTV Italy version of Total Request Live in 2007. She was also a star athlete growing up, having played soccer, and she won a bronze medal at the Italian Karate Championships.
Lindsay Clubine once worked as a model for the NBC gameshow Deal or No Deal and landed a spot on People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People list in 2009.
That was the same year she became engaged to and married Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz. They welcomed their first child in 2010.
Did You Know: Clubine and Buchholz were actually introduced to each other by the billionaire blowhard with a famously limited vocabulary, Donald Trump, at an event they all attended in 2008.
American track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross has competed in the last three Olympics, bringing home four gold medals and one bronze.
She and NFL player Aaron Ross have been together since 2003 and were married in February 2010.
Did You Know: Richards-Ross compete for the United States, but she was actually born in Kingston, Jamaica. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was just 12 years old, and she became a U.S. citizens in 2002.
Shamoné Jardim is a South African model who has worked all over the world and has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue more than once.
She has been dating South African cricketer Jacques Kallis since 2007—he actually announced their relationship on his blog.
Did You Know: Neither Jardim nor Kallis is in a hurry to make this official, despite being engaged. She recently explained that a walk down the aisle will happen eventually—when she gets bored with modeling or he stops playing cricket.
In 2009, Russian-born French tennis player Tatiana Golovin followed Russian beauty Anna Kournikova in the proud tradition of retiring from the sport at age 21.
Yet they both still routinely appear on lists of the hottest female tennis players. She is currently dating Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri.
Did You Know: Golovin was shown alongside fellow tennis players Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Kirilenko in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in a feature titled "Volley of the Dolls."
Actress Eva Amurri is the daughter of ageless actress Susan Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri. In addition to a number of movie roles in recent years, she's landed guest starring sports on television shows like Californication, House and How I Met Your Mother.
She married retired soccer player Kyle Martino, who broadcasts for Fox, in October 2011.
Did You Know: Amurri isn't your standard sex symbol type, but she was featured in Maxim in 2011 and looked mighty fine. In the interview with the magazine, she discussed her experience playing a stripper on Calfornication and explained why you'll never seen her on Dancing with the Stars.
Cristina De Pin is an Italalian model and Playboy Playmate who has graced the pages of Playboy Italia a number of times.
She is currently dating Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, who is three years her junior.
Did You Know: De Pin has said her relationship with Montolivo is based on much more than her stunning good looks: "I used my intelligence and culture to win Riccardo. He's seen my Playboy cover of course, but he's not the jealous type. We have an intellectual relationship before anything physical."
Country crooner Carrie Underwood rose to fame as the winner of Season Four of the (once unstoppable) Fox ratings juggernaut known as American Idol.
She dated Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on and off for awhile in 2007 before breaking it off in 2008 and quickly rebounding with NHL player Mike Fisher; they married in summer 2010.
Did You Know: Underwood is a small town girl from Checotah, Oklahoma, and she had never even been on an airplane prior to her stint on American Idol. She also once watched fellow contestant Bo Bice get a tattoo of a cross made out of nails at a tattoo parlor in Los Angeles.
According to her official bio, Jessica Bratich is a former karate athlete who pursued a career in fashion after earning her BA in communications and marketing.
The karate black belt is also a former model who is married to Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson. The couple are expecting their first child in December 2012.
Did You Know: Bratich may have launched a successful line of designer handbags, but she isn't immune from the occasional fashion faux pas. In February 2009, she wore a backless, see-through gown, which exposed her underwear, to a red carpet event in Australia and attracted international attention.
Kayla Collins was Playboy's Playmate of the Month in August 2008, but since then the Pennsylvania-born model has ditched the U.S. in favor of a reality television career in England.
She and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole were romantically involved after his ugly split from singer Cheryl Tweedy.
Did You Know: Collins studied business marketing at Penn State and was discovered on MySpace. She placed fifth on the 10th season of England's I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here! and her combative relationship with Cole ended after a nasty spat at a party hosted by P. Diddy.
Actress Eliza Dushku rose to fame thanks to a recurring role in the cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a co-starring turn in the spunky 2000 cheerleader film Bring it On!
She has been dating retired basketball player-turned-actor Rick Fox, who is 12 years her senior, since 2009. They moved in together less than a year later.
Did You Know: Dushku was born and raised in the Boston suburbs and was a member of the Mormon church growing up. When she was young, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was the bishop at her church, and Dushku's mother revealed that he was her daughter's very first crush—she even named one of her Ken dolls "Mitt."
Lee Furlong is one of the most famous sports broadcasters in her native Australia; having worked for Fox Sports Australia since it was launched in 2006, she has hosted countless primetime shows over the years.
She married Australian cricketer Shane Watson in June 2010, and rumor has it that Lee is pregnant with the couple's first child.
Did You Know: Furlong is truly passionate about her favorite sport, cricket. She worked to develop a sports reality show called Cricket Superstar, which she also hosted in 2012, as well as a spinoff series called Football Superstar.
English model-turned-actress Elizabeth Hurley rose to fame in the mid 90's as the girlfriend of actor Hugh Grant (of soliciting prostitution infamy) and as the co-star in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
After a number of high-profile romances (and a marriage) fizzled, Hurley finally found love with Australian cricketer Shane Warne. The couple announced their engagement in 2011.
Did You Know: Hurley's delusional body image issues took center stage in 2010 with some controversial comments about the late Marilyn Monroe. Of the late screen legend, she said:
I've always though Marilyn Monroe looked fabulous, but I'd kill myself if I was that fat. I went to see her clothes in the exhibition, and I wanted to take a tape measure and measure what her hips were. She was very big.
(Side note: I'd kill myself if I were the kind of person who takes a tape measure to a vintage clothes exhibition to make myself feel better about my advancing age.)
Actress Elisha Cuthbert is best known for her movie roles in Old School, House of Wax and The Girl Next Door, as well as her long-time starring role on the FOX drama 24.
The Canadian cutie has a thing for NHL players, having dated famed agitator and Connecticut Whale Sean Avery and Toronto Maple Leaf Mike Komisarek before settling down with Maple Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf, her current fiancé, in 2008.
Did You Know: Cuthbert's House of Wax co-star was Paris Hilton, and in 2004, she found herself on the receiving end of a hilarious demonstration of the lanky socialite's patented narcissism: For her 22nd birthday, Hilton sent her a copy of her book Confessions of an Heiress and a bottle of her new fragrance.
Czech model Alena Šeredová is a former beauty queen who represented the Czech Republic at the Miss World Pageant in 1998; she placed fourth overall.
Today, the 34-year-old mother of two is mostly retired from the modeling game, having settled down with Italian footballer Gianluigi Buffon.
Did You Know: Šeredová is the co-owner of an Italian clothing line, Baci e Abbracci, but she has a history of wearing no clothes at all. She has landed the cover of a number of adult magazines, including Penthouse Europe and Playboy Europe.
The 25-year-old blonde bombshell has been dating Toronto Raptors forward Landry Fields since June 2012.
Did You Know: In many of her photos, Alden is a dead ringer for a young Pamela Anderson—not a bad distinction for a young model on the move.
Italian actress and model Sara Tommasi has been linked to three very high-profile footballers in the last two years: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, Atlético Mineiro's Ronaldinho and Milan's (recently retired) Filippo Inzaghi.
Did You Know: Tommasi enjoys taking her clothes off. She recently stripped naked in public to protest the Italian economy, and her first porn film, Sara Tommasi: Il Mio Primo Film Hard, was released in 2012.
German model Sarah Brandner is only 23 years old, but she's already had notable appearances in German magazines such as Bild and GQ Germany.
She has been dating Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger since 2007; the couple reside in Munich together.
Did You Know: Brandner was featured alongside fellow WAGs Abbey Clancy, Bethany Dempsey and Melissa Satta in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, wearing nothing but body paint.
Actress Joanna Garcia has been working steadily in the business for over two decades—mostly in television, but she has landed a few movie roles over the years.
Garcia, who is currently starring in NBC's (recently cancelled sitcom) Animal Practice, began dating Yankees star Nick Swisher in August 2009. The couple married in December 2010.
Did You Know: Garcia's early television work include guest spots on a number of beloved 90's classics. She has appeared on Clarissa Explains It All, SeaQuest DSV, Party of Five, Dawson's Creek, Freaks and Geeks and had a 37-episode run on Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Russian beauty Katsia Zingarevich is a Victoria's Secret model who got her start in the business by winning a modeling contest in Minsk at the age of 17 and was immediately signed by a New York modeling agency.
She is married to Anton Zingarevich, the owner of the English Premier League club Reading.
Did You Know: Zingarevich is one of the most buzzed-about wives in the Premier League, which likely helped attract the attention of English fashion designer Stella McCartney. She was chosen to model McCartney's new lingerie line in April 2012.
Argentine looker Zaira Nara is a model and television personality who was ranked among FHM's list of the World's Sexiest Women in 2010.
She was set to walk down the aisle with footballer Diego Forlán in 2011, before skipping out on him before the nuptials.
She is currently dating Argentine tennis player Juan Monaco.
Did You Know: Fame, fortune and beauty run in the family. Nara is the sister of Wanda Nara, an Argentine model, singer and actress who is married to Sampdoria footballer Maxi López.
Jennie Finch is the former pitcher for the American women's softball team who retired after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She took silver at those games and gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
She has been married to minor league pitcher Casey Daigle since January 2005, and the couple have two children.
Did You Know: Finch may be a softball pitcher, but she has struck out a few major leaguers in her day, too, including Mike Piazza, Larry Walker and Albert Pujols. She cites retired great Randy Johnson as one of the players she most admirers.
German model Lena Gercke rose to fame as the winner of the first cycle of Germany's Next Top Model, and she went on to host Austria's Next Top Model, filling the shoes of German host Heidi Klum.
She has been dating Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira since May 2011.
Did You Know: Gercke received a warning from the German Football Association at Euro 2012 regarding her super sexy appearance. They asked her to tone it down in the stands before Germany's match against Italy in the semifinal.
Former Miss USA (2010) Rima Fakih is a beauty queen who tried to parlay her pageant notoriety into a career as a WWE Diva—she competed on season five of WWE Tough Enough.
She began dating Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero in 2011, but their current relationship status is unknown.
Did You Know: Fakih was the first Muslim to win a national crown at a beauty pageant. However, she did follow in the footsteps of past bad-girl winners when she was arrested for DUI in November 2011—when she was pulled over, police found a half-empty bottle of wine in her car.
Colombian singer Shakira has been performing for over two decades and is one of the most successful international recording artists of a generation.
She has been dating Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué since early 2011, and the couple recently announced (in September 2012) they are expecting their first child.
Did You Know: Shakira is the youngest of eight siblings, and she speaks five different languages in addition to her native Spanish: English, Portuguese, French, Italian and Arabic.
Venezuelan beauty Aída Yéspica is a former beauty queen-turned-model and television personality.
She has been known to date footballers in the past and even has a son with Montreal Impact centre-back Matteo Ferrari.
Did You Know: Yéspica has had a past history of romancing athletes, but she seems to have sworn them off recently. She married a lawyer in late summer 2012.
Dutch model Ingrid Vandebosch worked for famed fashion designer Christian Dior. She appeared in a number of magazines, including ELLE, Glamour, Marie Claire and Vogue, before meeting NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon in 2002.
The couple married were married in 2006 and welcomed their second child in August 2010.
Did You Know: Vandebosch scored a role in the 2003 film Taxi. Brazilian supermodel and fellow sports wife Gisele Bündchen also appeared in the movie.
English singer Mollie King was a member of the band Fallen Angelz until 2007, when she left and auditioned to become a member of the girl group The Saturdays, whom she remains with to this day.
She has been dating English cricketer Stuart Broad since July 2012.
Did You Know: King is no stranger to high-profile romances: She was rumored to have been dating Prince Harry in April 2012, just months after he ended a relationship with a model. If you're wondering why she goes through men like paper plates, it's probably because Carrie Bradshaw is her idol.
Former MTV personality La La Vazquez and (now) New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony became engaged on Christmas Day of 2004 and were married in July 2010.
The wedding was featured as part of the couple's VH1 reality special La La's Full Court Wedding, which gave way to their series La La's Full Court Life.
Did You Know: Vazquez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and her desire to move back was said to have played a major factor in Anthony's desire to leave the Denver Nuggets.
Victoria Beckham was a member of the all-girl group the Spice Girls when she met and began dating English footballer David Beckham, a global sensation at the time, in 1997.
The couple married just two years later and recently welcomed their fourth child.
Did You Know: Over the last decade, Beckham has forged a successful career in the fashion industry, but she once had acting ambitions. She actually tried out for the lead role in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, losing out to Angelina Jolie.
Dutch model Sylvie van der Vaart was named the Netherlands' Sexiest Female in 2003, which happened to be the same year she met footballer Rafael van der Vaart.
The pair married two years later, and their wedding was broadcast live on a Dutch television channel.
Did You Know: Van der Vaart was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She underwent surgery, followed by chemotherapy and, within months, learned she was cancer-free.
Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto started dating legendary NBA player Michael Jordan in late 2007, and the pair became engaged in December 2011.
Did You Know: Prieto and His Airness live in relatively modest digs in a Miami-Dade suburb; their three-bedroom home was valued at just $300,000.
Actress Gabrielle Union has been dating Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade since 2008.
The timeline of their relationship has been rumored to overlap with that of Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, but Union has vehemently denied the home-wrecking accusations.
Did You Know: Union was an all-star point guard for her high school basketball team; she also ran track and played soccer, which explains her affinity for jocks—she previously dated NFL players Chris Howard and Darren Sharper.
Spritely actress Hayden Panettiere has been working steadily since landing her first big role as a child on the soap opera One Life to Live in 1994.
She ended her year-long relationship with heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko in May 2011 just a month later began dating (then) New York Jets wide receiver Scotty McKnight.
Did You Know: Panettiere was just 15 years old when she was caught drinking with gangly socialite Paris Hilton. She also has a warrant out for her arrest in Japan for interrupting one of their disgustingly savage dolphin hunts.
America model Jarah Mariano has appeared in ad campaigns for Victoria's Secret, Armani, Seophora and Abercrombie & Fitch and was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2008 and 2009.
She has been dating Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco since 2010.
Did You Know: Mariano has acting ambitions and has already had a minor role in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, in addition to television guest spots on Rescue Me and Chuck.
Model and columnist Claudine Keane is a former Miss Ireland who married Irish footballer Robbie Keane (who currently plays for the L.A. Galaxy) in June 2008.
The happy couple welcomed their first child just under a year later.
Did You Know: Mrs. Keane wasn't always the stylish standout she is today. Her pre-L.A. style was described in the Daily Beast in 2011 as "a succession of spectacularly ill-judged, trampy outfits, a skin tone that looked like the dial on the tanning bed got stuck on 11—and an unfortunate tendency to go out clubbing with her mum."
Nicole Scherzinger was the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls from 2003-10 before ditching the dolls in favor of a solo career, a stint on Dancing with the Stars and a judge's spot on the first season of the X Factor.
She has been dating Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton since 2008.
Did You Know: Scherzinger was will.i.am's first choice to be the female singer in the Black Eyed Peas. She was under contract with the band Eden's Crush at the time and had to turn the offer down, so the slot in BEP went to Fergie instead. Also, she collects crucifixes.
Russian-born model Oksana Andersson relocated to Sweden with her family at the age of 10.
She married Swedish footballer Christian Wilhelmsson, who currently plays for the L.A. Galaxy, in May of 2010. The couple welcomed their first child in June 2011.
Did You Know: Andersson was a backup dancer for the Swedish group Sunblock and she appeared on the Swedish version of the FOX reality spectacle Paradise Hotel in 2005.
Blonde bombshell Kate Upton was rumored to be dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for two months when she did her media blitz after landing the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. It was never confirmed.
Did You Know: Upton attended an Elite Model Management casting in 2008 and was signed by the mega modeling agency the very same day. Before landing the SI cover, she had done major campaigns for Guess, Victoria's Secret and Dooney & Burke. Upton has been trying her hand at acting, having appeared in two movies since 2011.
Spanish television presenter and sports broadcaster Sara Carbonero has been dating Real Madrid and Spanish national team goalkeeper Iker Casillas since 2009.
The couple announced that they were engaged in March 2012. No word on a wedding date as yet.
Did You Know: Carbonero has caused controversy in the past for trash-talking another Real Madrid player—Cristiano Ronaldo. She has knocked him for being selfish in the past and has also stated that he wasn't her type, causing tension between her fiancé Casillas and Ronaldo.
Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima began dating Serbian (sometimes) NBA player Laker Marko Jarić in late 2007.
They were engaged nine months later and were married just nine months after that. Jarić and Victoria's Secret's sexiest angel welcomed their second child in September 2012.
Did You Know: In a March 2006 interview with GQ magazine, Lima revealed a number of personal details: She would remain a virgin until marriage, she believes that abortion is a crime, she is incapable of feeling depressed and she would rather you not approach her if you spot in her public.
English model and television presenter Abbey Clancy met Liverpool footballer Peter Crouch in 2006, and the couple were married in June 2011, three months after welcoming their first child.
Did You Know: Clancey's big break came on the second cycle of Britain's Next Top Model, where she placed second behind winner Lianna Fowler. She went on to appear in Esquire UK and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
International singing superstar and national treasure Beyonce began dating rapper and Brooklyn Nets owner Jay-Z at the age of 19.
They married after eight years in 2008 and welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012. Beyonce was recently announced as the half-time performer for the 2013 Super Bowl.
Did You Know: Beyonce is responsible for the word "bootylicious" being added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006, and she's obsessed with the number 4—her birthday is Sept. 4, Jay-Z's birthday is Dec. 4, and they were married on April 4.
Stunning supermodel Gisele Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have been together since January 2007, which was precisely two weeks after he ended his relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.
The couple married in 2009 and are expecting their second child in 2012.
Did You Know: Gisele was discovered by a modeling scout at the age of 14 while on a school trip in her native Brazil. Also, she's not the only beautiful Bündchen out there—she has got five sisters: Graziela, Raquel, Rafaela and Gabriela and Patricía (twins).
Actress Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame finally confirmed her relationship with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in September 2012—the two were rumored to be an item for months prior.
She divorced San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker in 2011 after allegations of infidelity surfaced.
Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker has been married to recently retired American tennis dud Andy Roddick since 2009.
Decker has appeared on the cover of the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and starred in Battleship and What to Expect When You're Expecting in summer 2012.
Did You Know: Decker was discovered at a North Carolina mall at the age of 16, and her two favorite snacks are Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish.
Russian model Irina Shayk has been dating Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo since spring of 2010. The couple met on the set of an underwear photo shoot for Emporio Armani.
Did You Know: Irina's given last name is actually Shaykhislamova; she shortened it when she embarked on her modeling career at age 19.