Hanna Cavinder Slams News Outlet That Reduced Athletic Accomplishments to ‘Hot Girl’ Status

She and her twin sister, Haley, shared they are ‘disappointed and disgusted’ by a news outlet’s ‘blatant sexist trope.’
Haley and Hanna Cavinder

Haley and Hanna Cavinder.

Hanna Cavinder is not backing down from a journalist who claims she and her sister, Haley, have their looks rather than talent to thank for their success as college athletes and entrepreneurs.

The Cavinder twins just finished their senior seasons at Miami, and in mid-April, announced that rather than returning for their fifth year of eligibility, they’d be moving onto the next step of their careers.

The 22-year-old Cavinder siblings, who have earned an estimated $2 million from NIL deals with brands like Venmo, Gopuff, Boost Mobile and Six Star Pro Nutrition, were recently profiled in a piece by The Free Press titled “The NCAA Has a ‘Hot Girl’ Problem” that grossly misrepresents the twins’ talent both on and off the court. 

The article’s tagline reads, “The Cavinder Twins, the emerging oligarchs of women’s college basketball, aren’t the best players. But they might be the best-looking.” The piece goes on to focus largely on the siblings’ physical appearances—an angle that the Cavinder twins did not agree to.

“The interview for this article was obtained by a false pretense that it would be written about life after NIL, why we didn’t take our fifth year, our passions, and business opportunities,” Hanna explained on Twitter.

The Cavinder sisters have more than four million followers on their joint Instagram and TikTok accounts. In addition to their brand partnership deals, the two also cohost a podcast together called Twin Talk.

Hanna later added, “The subsequent article not only demeaned our athletic and business accomplishments it furthered the narrative that hard working, creative and driven women can only do well if they are deemed attractive. The piece disregards our work ethic and dedication towards NIL and our business endeavors.”

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