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Five sports fashion icons

Why do so many athletes feel the need to make bold fashion statements? Sports Gazette decided to come up with a list of some of sports biggest fashion icons. 

1. Serena Williams

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Serena Williams has won 23 singles titles in Grand Slams. Since the tennis legend won her first US Open at 16 we have seen her experiment with fashion on and off the court. Who can forget her controversial 2004 US Open look: denim skirt, black ‘boots’, studded vest and sweatband? 

Since then, she has toned down her on-court attire and graced the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair. Fashion plays an important role in Williams’ life and she is aiming to make a career out of this passion when she one day quits tennis. She already has a long partnership with Nike for a line of tennis clothing, and she has been designing clothes and accessories for HSN since 2009.

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2. David Beckham

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David Beckham enjoyed a very long and fruitful football career. He won league titles in England, Spain, the US and France. Even though he is long retired from the field, he is still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fashion. Beckham’s hair styles, clothes and headgear have been admired and copied for more than two decades.

He collaborated on an underwear line with H&M, which he also modeled for, and he has also twice been involved in designing collections with British brand Kent & Curwen. The mohawk might not have been his best look but to Beckham’s credit, he has never shied away from experimenting with different styles and expressions, and inspired many men to take a greater interest in fashion.

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3. Lewis Hamilton

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When the four- time F1 World Champion is not competing, he is often photographed in statement outfits alongside famous model friends. Citing his style icons as Tupac and Pharrell Williams, unsurprisingly Lewis Hamilton’s style is pretty flashy. 

This boldness in choice of prints, colours, jewelry and watches is what ensures that he stands out. Hamilton’s style is definitely not for everyone but the man is a favourite in the fashion industry and is frequently spotted on the front rows at major fashion shows. At Milan’s Fashion Week this fall, Hamilton was spotted at the Missoni SS18 show in a characteristically eye- catching outfit.

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4. Victor Cruz

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The wide receiver was released from his contract with the Chicago Bears in September after having his past couple of seasons marred by injuries but manages to stay on top of the fashion game. 

Back in 2012, Victor Cruz launched his own brand of streetwear, «Young Whales», and more recently he has collaborated with Nike on a sneaker range. While he usually opts for a relaxed, dressed-down look, he can pull off every style in the book. In 2015 he was the face of Givenchy’s FW campaign. 

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5. Danica Patrick

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Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing.  As the only woman competing in NASCAR, Patrick is an influential role model and fashion icon for her many female fans. While she has modeled for Sports Illustrated and always looks effortlessly glamorous, she prefers a casual look for her active daily life.

She has previously partnered with watchmaker Tissot and clothing line William Rast and admittedly thought about launching her own clothing line for several years. This year her athleisure line of stylish active wear for HSN, “Warrior,” became a reality.

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Ingrid Sund
Ingrid has always loved writing and exploring different angles of a story and is now able to combine this with her passion for sports. She is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, where she studied International Relations. Her general interest in politics has led to a special interest in the politics and legal regulations of the sporting industry. While she finds all sports fascinating, her favourites are tennis, cycling and football. Ingrid is Norwegian and grew up a keen follower of winter sports, and will also cover these for the Sports Gazette.
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