We’ve always known Serena Williams has got it goin’ on. From forehands to fashion, Serena knows how to do it all. But during the Olympics this year, she’s done her best to remind us just how much ass she kicks. As we post this, she’ll be taking her talents to the singles finals of the 2012 Olympics (9 a.m. ET), competing for the gold against Maria Sharapova. And basically right after that, she and sister Venus are scheduled to compete in the doubles semifinals. Hopefully you got a chance to catch her previous matched this week, like yesterday’s, when she demolished No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2. It definitely took our breath away. Williams has lost only 16 games through the past five rounds and has won 12 consecutive matches. She’s also won 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.
Of course, her recent victories aren’t the only reasons we love Serena. Here are a few more:
1. She is always winning in style. Flaunting her trophy and her athletic bod while striking a pose.
2. She’d be so much fun to bring along with us to the beach this summer. You can build sandcastles on us next!
Follow that unicorn/ On the road to love! Also, follow her to the store where she bought those faaaaaaaaabulous teal centaur pants. “transforming….,” Lady Gaga tweeted along with two photos of herself as a lip-bitingly fierce Gagacorn. We all just imagined what it would be like to be those back legs, right? We cannot wait until genetic engineering gets a little bit more advanced and Gaga can make this look a reality. Personally, we’re going to go with the protruding lizard spine from “Bad Romance.” Oh, or those jutting face horns from “Born This Way”? Luckily, we have plenty of time to decide!
While E! Online attributes to the equine images to photographer Steven Klein, Gaga’s Twitter link seems to reveals that the pictures were actually a labor of love by a fan and littlemonster.com member by the name of Alli. Either way, Gaga would be a fool not to use this hotness as an inspiration. Hmmm, what Born This Way song has Gaga yet to film a video for…wait a minute, is there seriously no “Highway Unicorn” video yet? We are begging Gaga to utilize this perfection. She already went mermaid for “You And I.” This look seems like a nature next step. Or four. See what we did there?
Insanely hot dimples? Tribal tattoo? Tacky mouth jewelry? Yeah, swimmer Florent Manaudou is definitely picking up Ryan Lochte‘s mantel as, in the words of Jezebel, the reigning sexiest douchebag of the 2012 Olympics. We mean…who else would we tolerate having that tattoo? Oh right, no one. Earlier this afternoon the French swimmer snagged the gold in the Men’s 50-meter Freestyle and since then he cannot stop showing off his tongue piercing…which we’re also sort of into. What is wrong with us? The power of Manaudou is too strong! We had no idea we’d have to edit our 25 Hottest Olympians Of All Time gallery so soon, but here we are.
Now, we don’t mean any disrespect to Ryan and his slightly off-putting pool shenanigans. It’s just that we’ve already been praising his talent and face all week, and when we saw Florent Manaudou, we remembered we had other options. Options that have the arm span of a condor. In addition to snagging France’s fourth gold medal for swimming, Manaudou also threw a wrench in the works for the American team, keeping them from a clean sweep of tonight’s events. Obviously, we’re still Team U.S.A., but…take a look at the man. Dang.
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OK, so Kim Kardashian shouldn’t quit all her day jobs for a life as a photographer — ohh, that lighting, the angle, the phone in the face! Also, the bikini she’s wearing in these two photos she posted to Instagram, bragging “#nofilter #nophotoshop” doesn’t quite seem to fit her so well. But we have to give props where they’re due: Kim clearly doesn’t need Photoshop or great lighting to make her body look awesome, and these pics are just what we needed on this sloooow news day.
As is pretty inevitable with any remake, this week’s hot new release Total Recall is currently undergoing a million and a half comparisons to the 1990 original. Both movies, based on a Philip K. Dick story called “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” concern a man named Douglas Quaid who is plagued by disturbing nightmares and visits a service called Rekall that promises to improve your life by implanting new memories into your brain. Both movies also star an incredibly good-looking cast that make us look forward to a future in which everyone’s bodies will be perfectly toned. Since we’ve yet to catch the new flick, we here at VH1 Celebrity are going to tackle this comparison a little differently: by superficially comparing stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin to Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. Oh, and we haven’t forgotten baddies Ronny Cox and Bryan Cranston, and all-important three-breasted women Lycia Naff and Kaitlyn Neeb.
This could be your most important decision of the day, so examine these photos closely and then tell us…
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We know what you’re thinking: how could anyone conclusively pick the top 25 hottest Olympians of all time? There have been literally thousands of athletes spanning well over a century! We completely agree, but with all the love we’ve been giving the men and women of the 2012 Games via our Top 50 Hottest Olympians Blazing London This Summer, we wanted to give a shout out to those who came before them in the Olympics‘ long, proud history of talented babes. From Muhammad Ali to Pete Sampras, Sonja Henie to Kristi Yamaguchi, it turns out being incredibly fit and profoundly talented never goes out of style. Their clothes and haircuts, however…look, few people could pull off what Flo Jo pulled off, okay? It was the late ’80s to early ’90s. Things were different back them. So enjoy ogling our 25 Hottest Olympians of All Time, and holler at us if we forgot your favorite Olympic babe. Oh, and in case you’ve never seen a young Bruce Jenner before…you’re very welcome.
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We’re used to seeing the most absolutely delicious photos of Ryan Lochte. Those chiseled abs, that million-dollar smile, those eyes that look right through to our souls…that happens for you guys too, right? We thought so. Well our boy Ry is turning 28 today! And what’s he doing to celebrate? Well, his run in the 2012 Olympics is over after receiving silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 200m backstroke on Thursday, so he’ll be cheering on his fellow team USA competitors. Even though he calls his results in London just “a little above average,” he really does make us so proud. He is coming home with two golds, two silvers and one bronze, not to mention a “Call Me Maybe” parody and a tweet of support from his all time fave, Lil Wayne (maybe Weezy heard our plea.)
We have learned that Lochte may not be the best rep from men’s swimming to interview, but he is one of the most successful! On top of his collection of medals, Lochte also fancies himself a designer with the limited edition line of footwear that he put together with Speedo (be sure to check out the green, rhinestone-encrusted high-tops). But what’s one thing we love the most about Lochte? It’s how he can pull off the most ridiculous facial expressions and still be totally charming! Whether it’s in the pool, on deck, in an interview or at a shoot, Lochte has shown us just how hot he really is even when caught on camera in the silliest of ways.
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Before we all put on sleep masks and ear plugs for the day to avoid spoilers about who wins today’s Women’s Gymnastics All-Around Final, let’s take a closer look at one of the favorites. 16-year-old Gabby Douglas flew (quite literally) onto our radar at the Olympic trials, where she edged out reigning world champ and teammate Jordyn Wieber for the #1 spot. At 4’11″, G-Dougs is the shortest shorty on the team, but her presence is huge and we can’t wait to watch her battle it out with fellow superstar Aly Raisman tonight for the gold.
1. Gabby was nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel” by National Team Coordinator/Legend Márta Károlyi for her soaring abilities on the uneven bars.
The LA premiere of Total Recall showcased a face-off between two of the loveliest leading ladies in Hollywood: Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale! The two stars took very different approaches to their red carpet style and honestly, we’re not too sure how we feel about either of them. Jessica was undeniably pretty in pink, but something about the color coupled with the gown pushed the whole look dangerously into high school prom territory. On the other hand, Kate Beckinsale was anything but cutesy as she slithered past the paps in a scaly snake skin number that seemed borrowed from a corner of Lady Gaga’s wardrobe labeled “Not Quite Psychotic Enough.” Sorry ladies, but we might have to call this fashion face-off a draw and name Colin Farrell the winner! That’s just the way it goes sometimes. The premiere was also chock full of many other stars, including Breaking Bad duo Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Sofia Bush, Audrina Patridge and more! So head on down to the gallery below and see who you think was the best dressed star of the night!
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To those of us who aren’t big sports fans during normal times, the Olympics provide an introduction to all those sportscasters the rest of you know and love (or don’t) the whole year through. This week I feel like I got to know veteran sports reporter Andrea Kremer. She’s a veteran and a pioneer with all sorts of accolades — but none of that is what impresses me. It’s how she’s able to hold a mic up to these beautiful specimens of the male body, still panting from the races they’ve won or lost, their swimsuits hanging impossibly low on their hips (do they yank them down for the camera?), their hair mussed and free from caps, their skin glistening just so with pool water, and she looks at their EYES. The Atlantic Wire says her questions are sometimes biting and hard, but we think they’re rather straightforward — “What happened?” “How does it feel to win?” And then she smiles and nods in response without once reaching out to test Michael Phelps‘ abs, to stroke a Ryan Lochte pec, to point out that Conor Dwyer’s trunks are showing a little too much. That, my friends, is a skill that comes only with practice and hard work. Here’s a little gallery of Andrea Kremer NOT staring at male swimmers’ chests at the 2012 London Games.