Too hot for the ring? Or the court? That is the social media buzz enveloping two female athletes that by all pointers – especially social media followers and endorsement deals – should be world No 1 in their disciplines. Or, at least in the top 3.
Where they are No 1 is on Instagram; which raises the question: Does an over-active social media existence threaten your on-court performance.
Ronda Rousey and Eugenie Bouchard. Mixed martial arts and tennis. Both, over-subscribed underachievers.
Ronda – the world’s first female MMA superstar, with 7.4 million followers is now well into a different dimension of stardom.
She has appeared on the cover of pretty much every magazine, then the talk-shows, then Hollywood, and last but not the least Saturday Night Live.
The fact that she got knocked out by Holly Holm, who has only 855,000 followers on Instagram, does not seemed to have diminished her allure for the spotlight in any way.
Eugenie Bouchard burst onto the women’s tennis scene with film-star beauty looks and style that moved her quickly from the sports, to the fashion and entertainment pages.
Her form sparkled and then much like Rousey, she seems to be struggling to balance her attraction for social media fan-following, with real-life wins.
Bouchard is out of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tourney, but this picture of hers is still doing the rounds on social media.
Both Bouchard and Rousey have barely-there pics, swimsuit and others on their social media accounts and both, connect with their fans intimately.
However, both, have their sporting credentials being questioned now. Not that they don’t have the talent; it’s if their social media stardom reflects their sporting achievement.
Rousey may well be ready to move into films and TV, making the MMA a simple stepping stone in her journey. Till she gets there, Holly Holm and the ring will hang over her winsome smile and sensual photo-shoots.
Bouchard has Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova to consider. Both were beauties with tremendous tennis skill and even more brand power.
Only one of them made it on court in tennis. Serena Williams, quite possibly the greatest women’s tennis player ever to take the court and World No 1, still does not earn as much as Sharapova does, in toto. Sharapova still makes the finals though.
Is it possible to be a social media star and be No 1 in the world? Maybe not.
Ronda Rousey and Eugenie Bouchard, prove us wrong.
All Pics: Instagram