The former transgender football coach is on Maxim Australia’s Hot 100 list

The men’s magazine’s decision to include Danielle “Dani” Laidley has angered some social media users

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A former transgender football coach in Australia is among those who have made it into a men’s magazine’s list of 100 “hot” women.

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Maxim Australia’s annual Hot 100 celebrates the beauty of remarkable Australian women.

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This year’s list was topped by actress Margot Robbie, an obvious choice given the success of Barbie.

But perhaps the most notable addition to the list of “fine and fierce women” is former Australian rules football player and coach Danielle “Dani” Laidley.

Editor-in-Chief Santi Pintado called the 100 an “annual, diverse and definitive list of Australian women who have impressed, made headlines or simply had a great year”.

Pintado added: “The last 12 months have seen a plethora of fine and fierce women who have impressed us with their skill, intellect, humor, qualities and overall incredible talents.”

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Social media users were confused and angry about Maxim’s decision.

“#92 of the 100 hottest ‘women’ in the world according to Maxim Magazine in Australia,” women’s sports advocate Riley Gaines posted on X alongside photos of Laidley now and when she was formerly known as biological husband Dean.

“How did we get to a point where companies/institutions/publications can do this without fear of backlash?”

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Another user wrote: “I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that he made the list from the start or the fact that he somehow ranked higher this year compared to last year.”

Radio host Dana Loesch grumbled, “Maxim doesn’t know what hot means or what a woman is,” while town hall columnist Derek Hunter noted, “The only shock here is that Maxim still exists.”


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Laidley’s inclusion was also controversial for those who remember the former coach’s criminal history.

Laidley pleaded guilty to stalking charges in 2020 after she was caught with meth.

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According to the report, Laidley avoided conviction by agreeing to go to rehab Australian Football Leagueand reportedly blamed the behavior on gender reassignment and her “immersion in a drug-addicted culture.”

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