UFC superstar and champion Ronda Rousey proves that being strong and powerful is damn sexy. And 9.9 million followers on Instagram agree with that! (Photo: Instagram)
Female tennis legend, new mom, and social media sensation, Serena Williams has an impressive 7.5 million followers base on Instagram. From pictures of her daughter Olympia to snaps of her endless wins, Serena is the queen in the court and the gram. (Photo: Instagram)
Nikki Bella is not only a Total Divas star but also a top-followed pro wrestler. With 6.9 million followers—all loyal members of the #BellaArmy, Nikki is the at number 2 in this list. (Photo: Instagram)
As a semi-retired wrestling star, Brie Bella’s Instagram now shows off more of her family life and philanthropic efforts than the training pictures that have gone before. Still, her 5.6 million fanbase continues to grow! (Photo: Instagram)
Footballer Alexa Morgan lead America in the Rio Olympics, fought for equal pay alongside her teammates—oh! And she also has 5 million followers on Instagram. No biggie! (Photo: Instagram)
Holder of the longest reign as WWE’s NXT Women’s Champion, Paige’s popularity is through the roof with 4.3 million followers on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Perhaps it’s her new fashion line, maybe it is her iconic red hair going dark last summer, or it could be her amazing matches. Whatever it is, pro wrestler Natalie Eva Marie has over 3.8 million followers on the app. (Photo: Instagram)
Perhaps the most remarkable Indian tennis player and one of the most popular athletes in India, Sania Mirza has a whopping fanbase of 4 million on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Simone Biles is not only the most decorated female U.S. gymnast after winning multiple gold medals in a single Olympics Games, but she’s also the most followed gymnast on Instagram, with over 3.4 million followers. (Photo: Instagram)
Outstanding model, successful tennis players, and Instagram star. Even after a 15-month suspension by the International Tennis Federation, Maria Sharapova has managed to reach the 2.2 million followers mark on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
After 10 years of gracing our screen as a pro wrestler, WWE star Natalya Neidhart has built quite the loyal following for her self on the platform, with nearly 3 million followers—and counting! (Photo: Instagram)
As if winning seven medals in the 2016 games, following the steps of fellow Olympic champion Simon Biles, gymnast Aly Raisman is also a social media sensation with over 2.3 million followers on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
The pro surfer and model Alana Blanchard’s Insta can be described in three words—swim, sun, skin. The beach babe has amassed a massive social following thanks to an array of sexy swimsuit shots—many suits of which she designed herself. (Photo: Instagram)
The wonderful Gabby Douglas joins the Popular Gymnasts club on Instagram with over 1.8 million followers to date. And for good reason! She did bring home multiple gold medals! (Photo: Instagram)
Clearly, with Laurie Hernandez as the fourth to breach the top 15, Instagram loves our U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team. Just check the numbers: over 1.6 million followers on the app. Pretty impressive! (Photo: Instagram)
Once upon a time, comparing a man to a “girl” used to be a hard hit to any macho’s ego. But then came these powerful ladies to tear down all stigmas and misconceptions about women in sports, and today, well, how males wish someone would say to them “you punch like a girl”!
Women like Serena Williams, Simone Biles, and Ronda Rousey are finally getting the recognition they so much deserve, both inside the court and the ring, as in their everyday lives. No wonder these women are some of the most followed personalities on social media! With millions of fans keeping an eye on their pages, female athletes are quickly becoming some of the biggest names in platforms like Instagram.
From wrestlers, to gymnast, to tennis legends, here are the 15 most followed female athletes on Instagram, in celebration of National Girls and Women In Sports Day. Check them out it you too want a dose of true fitspiration on your feed!