Beautiful Athletes That Should Be A Model After Retirement

Published on 12/03/2020
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Many beautiful women athletes could have dominated the modeling world, as they do their sport. Their amazing beauty as a supermodel would have made them a success instantly. In fact, many of these athletes could have a modeling career when they decide to retire. Many of these athletes have already done some modeling, with fans drooling across the world. However, they’re not just another beautiful face, but incredible athletes as well. No doubt they would have been as successful as models hadn’t these ladies entered the world of sports. To read about these iconic powerhouses, keep on scrolling…

Natalie Coughlin

A native of California, Natalie Coughlin is a competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist. No wonder Coughlin won the World Swimmer of the Year Award once, as well as the American Swimmer of the Year Award three times, with these kinds of achievements under her belt. Coughlin has written a book and modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, aside from becoming a spokeswoman for C20 Coconut Water and appearing on television, which does not come as much of a shock given her impressive talent and radiant beauty.

Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin

Blair O’Neal

The ever-so beautiful Blair O’Neal, who grew up in Arizona, played golf since she was just 11 years old. Blair began playing for the American Junior Golf Association when she turned 13. O’Neal began a career as a professional model after four years of collegiate-level golf at Arizona State University. Have you seen her?! Her smile could light up a room, seriously! She’s got her hands full today, though, taking care of her newborn child with her husband, Jeff Keiser.

Blair O’Neal

Blair O’Neal

Kim Glass

Here’s Kim Glass, an indoor volleyball star who joined the U.S. national team in May 2007. Glass made her first appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics the following year, helping Team USA win a silver medal. Glass also dabbled in modeling, aside from becoming a champion in her sport, which makes sense considering how amazing this woman is. Are we right?! Besides appearing in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, while she was in college, Kim also auditioned five different times for Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model.

Kim Glass

Kim Glass

Silje Norendal

Silje Norendal, a Norwegian professional snowboarder, competes in Slopestyle. Now 26 years old, there is no denying that Norendal has achieved quite a lot so far throughout her career. During the Winter X Games Europe in Tignes in 2013, she not only won gold, but Norendal also finished fourth at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. Norendal has also received attention for her breathtaking looks and radiant smile, modeling for different brands and magazines, aside from her indisputable talent.

Silje Norendal

Silje Norendal

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn is now 35 years old and an American former World Cup alpine ski racer for the U.S. Team Ski. Vonn went on to have an extremely successful career after skiing at the young age of two, winning multiple championships and Olympic gold medals. While Vonn retired in 2019, for her insane talent and striking beauty, there’s no doubt she’ll always be remembered. Vonn has modeled for various magazines over the years, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition of 2010 and 2016 and Maxim.

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

Ana Ivanović

Another star who has dominated the tennis world is Ana Ivanović. Originally from Serbia, before retiring in 2016, Ana started to compete professionally in 2003. Ana has won several singles titles during her career and was even ranked No. 1 in 2008. Ana hasn’t slowed down, despite her retirement. In addition to raising her two sons with Bastian Schweinsteiger’s husband, Ana has modeled for many other magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Bella, and Vanity Fair (Spain).

Ana Ivanović

Ana Ivanović

Katarina Witt

In the late 80s, Katarina Witt may have retired from figure skating, but that doesn’t mean her name was forgotten, especially as the German native has since worked in film and television. In any case, after winning two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, Witt got her fame, first at Sarajevo’s 1984 Olympics and second at Calgary’s 1988 Olympics. She happens to be a four-time world champion and two-time world, silver medalist. Witt was East Germany’s poster athlete with her unstoppable talent and radiant beauty.

Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt

Gabrielle Reece

As a professional volleyball player, Gabrielle Reece, now 50 years old, has made a name for herself and as a sports announcer, fashion model, and actress. Reece moved to New York City to pursue a parallel career as a sports fashion model after playing college-level volleyball for Florida State University on a scholarship while continuing her pro-volleyball career. Then again, we can’t say that it surprises us as much as she looks natural in front of the camera, not to mention she’s unbelievably beautiful.

Gabrielle Reece

Gabrielle Reece

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is known as the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. Before retiring in 2018, the former professional race car driver, now 38 years old, dominated her sport. Actually, the only women’s win in an IndyCar Series event is her 2008 Indy Japan 300 victory. Patrick, a world-renowned athlete, has over the years been an icon of pop culture because of her talents and looks. In addition to movie and TV work, she was also a cover model for magazines like FHM, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide and ESPN: The Magazine.

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh, a professional beach volleyball player, is another powerhouse. Throughout Kerri’s career, she has impressed fans with becoming a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. At the London 2012 Olympics, she was pregnant for five weeks when to say the least, she won gold. Kerri was also working on TV and modeling and appeared on the ESPN: The Magazine “Body Issue,”  with images taken before and after the birth of her third baby, given how easy she is to look at.

Kerri Walsh

Kerri Walsh

Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch, born and raised in sunny California, is an ex-professional softball player. During her career, she not only became an all-American college, but also a medal-winning Olympian and two-time pro-All-Star. With this being said, there is no denying that this blue-eyed beauty in her sport was an unstoppable force, so much so that Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. Although Finch retired in 2010 to focus solely on her family, she began working as a color commentator for National Pro Fastpitch and college softball games at ESPN.

Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch

Anna Kournikova

Named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, Anna Kournikova is a former Russian professional tennis player who has won multiple Grand Slam titles and WTA Championships. Although, due to serious back and spinal problems, her career was cut short, Kournikova is still a household name. Kournikova is also known for her relationship with singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias, from whom she has three children, aside from the fact that she does quite a lot of television and modeling work.

Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova

Amanda Beard

Ashley Beard was first renowned as a seven-time Olympic medalist and swimmer. It’s not surprising that her success won her the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. Beard left retirement in 2010 after a short hiatus and placed second at the 200-meter breaststroke national championships that year. Beard was also known for modeling and walking fashion shows, apart from being an extremely talented swimmer. But again, do you guys find it amazing, considering her amazing bone structure and mesmerizing blue eyes?

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard

Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus, born Patricia Anne Stratigeas, is a fitness master, fitness model, professional wrestler, actress, and personality on television. Trish was interested in wrestling throughout her childhood, but it wasn’t until after pursuing a modeling career that the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) noticed her. The Canadian superstar then signed a multi-year contract with the firm in November 1999. However, in addition to professional wrestling, Stratus has also appeared on a number of magazine covers and participated in charity work.

Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus

Maria Sharapova

Do you notice now how many lovely tennis players there are in the world? Well here’s another, Maria Sharapova. Maria, a Russian native, had a very fruitful career before retiring in February 2020, winning a medal at London’s 2012 Summer Olympics. Besides making a name for herself in athletics, Maria was known in various magazines for her work, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She also appeared and was the face of several fashion houses in several brand ads like Nike.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey, often referred to by her nickname “Rowdy,” is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist who won Olympic judo medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics. It wasn’t until 2018 that Rousey started a professional wrestling career, signing a WWE contract. Aside from whooping butt in the ring, as both an actress, author, and model, Rousey has also enjoyed success. However, in all honesty, how could she not do so? She is not only an absolute beauty, but she is incredibly inspiring as well.

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Serena Williams

Let’s be real. The minute Serena Williams turned professional in 1995, She already stole our hearts. While we could sit here all day telling you guys all that Serena’s done, we’re pretty sure you know it already. Serena is a force to be reckoned with in any event, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This goddess also enjoys her fair share of television and modeling work, aside from dominating tennis courts all around the world. Then again, we wouldn’t mind posing for magazine covers if we looked like her either.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman, the captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, is a retired gymnast and two-time Olympian who, after becoming the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor exercise silver medalist, made waves in the athletic world. Raisman has stunned fans with her poise and grace, aside from her unstoppable talent. Over the years, not only has she done modeling work, appearing in various magazines, but she was also a Dancing With the Stars contestant.

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman

Lolo Jones

Not only because of her immense talent, but also because of her exotic looks, Lolo Jones has gained public attention over the years. Jones, an American hurdler and bobsledder, won three NCAA titles and while attending Louisiana State University, won 11 All-American honors. Now 37 years old, Jones has no intention in the near future of slowing down. In addition to essentially ruling in her respective sport, Jones has also done modeling work for magazines including ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue,“ as well as the cover of Outside.

Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones

Michelle Wie

When Michelle Wie was just 10 years old, she already started playing golf. She became the youngest player to qualify for an amateur USGA championship at that point. Beyond that, Wie was also the youngest U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links winner and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. In 2005, shortly before her 16th birthday, Wie finally took her career to a professional level, accompanied by an enormous amount of advertising and endorsements, unsurprisingly. Then, in 2014, this knockout won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard is a professional tennis player who in the last few years has definitely made quite a name for herself. In fact, Bouchard became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Bouchard has also been noticed for her effortless beauty, aside from these achievements, including awards she has received. We mean, this gal has a smile that could light up any room or tennis court in her case.

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate was born and raised in Washington State, and is an American mixed martial arts pundit. Tate has definitely strengthened her position as champion in the industry during her years. In fact, her fighting technique has only been praised by different peers and media outlets. However, Tate has modeled for various websites and publications other than MMA and UFC, including ESPN: The Magazine and Fitness Gurls. Since her retirement, Tate has become the Singaporean mixed martial arts VP for One Championship-Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion.

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate

Skylar Diggins

At the sight of Skylar Diggins, did your jaws drop, too? A 29-year-old professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), this beauty queen. Diggins instantly rose to fame with her fierce talent after getting drafted third overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She wasn’t only named four times as a WNBA All-Star, but was also recognized in 2014 as the WNBA Most Improved Player. Diggins keeps busy with modeling work for several magazines, including Vogue, when she’s not on the court.

Skylar Diggins

Skylar Diggins

Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight, an American Olympian and professional ice hockey player, is undoubtedly one of the sport’s strongest individuals. Now 31 years old, Knight has been playing for as long as she can remember. She is currently a forward with the PWHPA — Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association — and the United States women’s national ice hockey team. Knight also models and is involved in the well-known #LikeAGirl campaign, aside from shredding ice, making her the ultimate role model for girls all over the world.

Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight

Torah Bright

Torah Bright is a professional snowboarder and the most successful Winter Olympian in Australia, hailing all the way from the country below. Bright has easily become one of the major names in the sport with her aggressive riding style and amplitude. She has gone on to win multiple medals, awards, and accolades throughout the years. With so many achievements under her belt, it’s difficult to imagine that Bright still has time for anything else! She surprises them with her insanely good looks and modeling work when she is not wowing fans with her incredible tricks.

Torah Bright

Torah Bright

Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch, born and raised in Ireland, could be one of the most charming people to grace the WWE. It is no surprise that Becky is beloved by many with her adorable accent, powerful skills, and beautiful appearance. Although the red-headed beauty is currently signed to WWE on the Raw brand, as of May 2020, she was on maternity leave. Lynch also dabbles in acting, aside from wrestling. Not only did she graduate from the Dublin Institute of Technology with an acting degree, she also attended Chicago’s Columbia College and the Gaiety School of Acting.

Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch

Candace Parker

At the age of 34, it’s safe to say that Candace Parker has certainly established herself in the world of basketball as a whole, not only in women’s basketball. This six-foot-four-inch goddess has helped the Los Angeles Sparks win different titles after getting the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Parker is going to be a household name forever with several awards and accolades under her belt. She spends her time as the studio analyst for CBS Sports NCAA men’s tournament coverage and NBA on TNT when she isn’t bouncing the ball around.

Candace Parker

Candace Parker

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin is this blonde-haired beauty, a former art gymnast. Nastia has won several awards throughout her gymnastic career, including the 2008 All-Around Olympic Champion. She was also a five-time Olympic medalist, 2005 and 2007 balancing beam world champion, and 2005 uneven bar world champion. Nastia retired in 2012 after an extremely successful career. Since her retirement, Nastia has been busy with television work, but also with The Nastia Liukin Cup, an annual gymnastics competition hosted by Liukin in the United States.

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin

Hope Solo

Hope Solo, a former soccer player, is another native state to make this list. Between 2000 and 2016, the 38-year-old stunner was the goalkeeper for the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team in which she became World Cup champion and twice Olympic gold medalist. Considering that she’s considered one of the world’s top female goalkeepers, we believe it’s safe to say that Solo is a name that will never be forgotten. Solo then participated in Dancing With the Stars following her impressive World Cup 2011 feat and posed for numerous magazines.

Hope Solo

Hope Solo

Gina Carano

We might, in all honesty, be in love with Gina Carano. Look at her, we mean! In any case, although it was not long before she switched to mixed martial arts, Carano began her career in the sport of Muay Thai, where she became the face of women’s MMA. Carano decided to keep busy with acting and modelling work after she retired from competition. Carano was featured in ESPN: The Magazine as well as Maxim in fifth place on a list of the ‘Top 10 Influential Women’ of 2008.

Gina Carano

Gina Carano

Anastasia Ashley

Anastasia Ashley was born in California just before moving to Hawaii and began surfing at the age of five. When she was six, Ashley won a surfing contest using a downboard she found in the trash outside her house. A year later, Ashley picked up a sponsor to replace her new board. With that being said, it’s clear that since she was a little girl, talent ran through Ashley’s veins. Now 33 years old, as both a professional surfer and a model, Ashley has accomplished quite a lot that doesn’t shock us, considering her flawless looks.

Anastasia Ashley

Anastasia Ashley

Simone Biles

At this point, Simone Biles, a Belizean-American artistic gymnast, is a known entity. She is the most decorated American gymnast and the third most decorated in the world at just 23 years of age, with a total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals. Having been referred to by many as the’ greatest gymnast ever,’ Simone continues to work outside of sports in other industries. Nike and other big brands endorse her, and it’s clear that her beauty is just the cherry on top of a wildly successful career.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player whose undeniable talent at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams, was recognized internationally. Since then she has won various awards, including the WTA Comeback Player of the Year. Throughout her career, represented by TLA Worldwide, Sloane has been the face of several big brands, including Under Armour, Nike, and American Express. Coupled with a long list of athletic accolades, her stunning appearance is sure to contribute to her success for years to come.

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is an award-winning professional tennis player from Haiti and Japan who was successfully ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Osaka is known as the first of many athletic attempts to hold the highest ranking in single tennis players, the first in Asia. Even as Naomi is embraced by several large producers, such as Nissan and Shiseido, a world-renowned cosmetic company, her beauty hasn’t gone unnoticed. Even in her early 20s, it’s safe to assume that her career will last for many years.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie is a former American professional basketball player who is currently serving in the BIG3 professional basketball league as a head coach. It’s no surprise that she was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, with a long career full of numerous successes and awards. Lisa has also secured a notable reputation in fashion and media, with several roles on TV and numerous appearances in Vogue and Newsweek, in addition to her incredible sports history.

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm, considered an icon in the soccer world, is a retired professional player who throughout her career, became a two-time Olympic gold medalist and twice FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. Hamm signed deals with big brands including Gatorade, Nike, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Pepsi, and Nabisco during her time as an international player. But if she hadn’t been a star on the field, considering her striking appearance and posing experience for magazines like Sports Illustrated, Time, and People, Hamm could have done very well as a model.

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm

Gabby Douglas

Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas is an artistic gymnast from the United States. At both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, she was a member of the gold-winning teams and is known as the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion. Her amazing accomplishments and striking beauty took her career off the mat and into the media and film. Gabby doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, an author and star of her own reality TV series.

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

P.V. Sindhu

Pusaria Venkata Sindhu, who made her international debut in 2009, is an Indian professional badminton player. She rose to the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings in 2012 at just 17 years of age. She has won multiple Super Series titles since then. With her numerous brand endorsements, such as those with JBL, Gatorade, and Panasonic, she is not only athletically talented, but her beauty has also made waves in the sports industry. It’s safe to say that her successful career will last, having already created a Forbes list for the highest-paid female athletes.

P.V. Sindhu

P.V. Sindhu

Maya Moore

Maya Moore, a professional basketball player from America, is a WNBA member of the Minnesota Lynx. In 2017, her athletic talent and hard work led to her being named Sports Illustrated’s inaugural Performer of the Year. Maya now continues to use her platform for criminal justice reform, in addition to numerous awards and championships won. Her athleticism and activism, and clearly her beauty, are sure to be remembered, regardless of her future endeavors.

Maya Moore

Maya Moore

Claressa Shields

As an American professional boxer, Claressa Shields has several world championships. In both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, she won gold medals and remains one of only seven boxers, male or female, to hold all four major world boxing titles at the same time. Claressa has been the star of a documentary in addition to her remarkable boxing career, and continues to find acting work in films and advertisements, not surprisingly, considering her talent is punctuated by extreme beauty.

Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields

Allyson Felix

Allyson Michelle Felix is a globally recognized athlete. She is an American track and field sprinter who in all her events, has won awards: 100, 200, and 400-meter. And in 2017, with a total of 18 career medals, she was recognized as the most decorated athlete in World Athletics Championships history. Allyson is not only a talented, successful, and revered athlete, but she is also undeniably beautiful. She would surely rise to the top if she ever wanted a career in modeling.

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Simone Manuel

For their physique, professional swimmers are often known, and Simone Ashley Manuel is no exception. She’s a competitive American swimmer who specializes in freestyle sprints. Her talent and hard work gained her two gold and two silver medals in the 2016 Olympics. Having become a professional in 2018, the career of Simone is only beginning. She has also signed with TYR Sport, Inc., an American swimwear and triathlon apparel manufacturer, and will certainly find further success as both an athlete and a model.

Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel

Venus Williams

For her incredible athletic achievements, Venus Williams, the legendary Serena’s older sister, deserves her flowers. She was found to be a great tennis player at the age of seven because of her unusual talent and potential, and she did just that. As of today, the Women’s Tennis Association has classified Venus as No. 1. Venus also holds two degrees, one in business administration and one in fashion design, an athletic force that is not surprising given the tennis court’s stylish looks. It doesn’t seem to stop soon, with many professional and athletic awards under her belt.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney McLaughlin is an American hurdler and sprinter, renowned for her time at the University of Kentucky before winning a 400-meter hurdles silver medal at the 2019 World Championships. She broke the college and NCAA records for the same event in 2018. She turned professional later that year. With both mom and dad having a history of competitive running, Sydney comes from an athletic family. She can also thank them for her stunning good looks, in addition to inheriting strong athletic genes from her parents.

Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney McLaughlin

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Liz Cambage is a professional basketball player currently playing for the Las Vegas Aces at the WNBA. Her 53-point performance in a New York Liberty game, the current WNBA single-game scoring record, is one of her many contributions to the sports world. It is reported that she was teased by her growing height, at six-foot-five-inches tall. But now it’s clear who came out on top with records and multiple accomplishments, including a memorable slam dunk during the Olympic Games. Beautiful and talented, Liz definitely remains a success.

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Laila Ali

Laila, the daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, is a former professional boxer who competed before retiring undefeated from 1999 to 2007. She not only has an undeniable presence, but she is absolutely beautiful as well. A number of magazines, including Sports Illustrated, People, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, have also featured the powerhouse.

Laila Ali

Laila Ali

Courtney Force

Courtney Force, NHRA’s 16-time World Funny Car Champion’s youngest daughter, isn’t your average 32-year-old. Blonde-haired beauty worked hard to become a household name, following her father’s footsteps, becoming a drag racer. Force worked with her family on television during her career, including a feature on A&E’s reality show, Driving Force. In 2015, she married fellow race car driver Graham Rahal, and the couple announced they’re expecting their first child in November 2020. So although Force retired from her 2019 sport, there’s no doubt she’ll keep busy.

Courtney Force

Courtney Force

Daniela Hantuchová

Daniela Hantuchová is a retired Slovakian tennis player. Daniela made her breakthrough in 2002 after becoming a professional, when she won her first WTA tournament, and that was the first of many achievements to come during her 18-year career. While Daniela made a name for herself as a world-famous tennis star, she also modeled for magazines such as  Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and ESPN: The Magazine “Body Issue”. Daniela was also noticed for her undeniably good looks at that time.

Daniela Hantuchová

Daniela Hantuchová

Crystal Dunn

Crystal Alyssia Dunn Soubrier is a wildly talented and strikingly gorgeous American soccer player. She plays for the National Women’s Soccer League’s North Carolina Courage. She was the youngest player to win both the Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot awards for the NWSL in 2015. It’s safe to assume that she will be in the game for a long time, with numerous successes in the sport since she first started playing. But her undeniable beauty would probably keep her a household name if she ever decided to take another track.

Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn

Brie & Nikki Bella

Nikki and Brie Bella are identical teams of WWE twins and a professional wrestling tag teams. With Nikki holding the title twice and Brie once the Bella Twins are both former Divas Champions. Both Nikki and Brie are still very much in the spotlight, even though they are now retired from wrestling. Nikki and Bella have their hands full with modeling work as well as running their own beauty line, Nicole + Brizee, apart from enjoying a motherhood life.

Brie & Nikki Bella

Brie & Nikki Bella

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