BET Awards 2024: Get to Know Angel Reese and Find Out Why We Can’t Get Enough of the Bayou Barbie

The Chicago Sky star was recently crowned "Sportswoman of the Year."

WNBA star Angel Reese has been named “Sportswoman of the Year Award” after earning the prestigious recognition at the BET Awards 2024, hosted by Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson.

The 22-year-old’s remarkable journey, marked by her exceptional court skills and vibrant personality, has made her a standout in collegiate athletics and led her to the windy city as the newest member of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.

With another ceremony in the books, get familiar with this year's winner with these interesting facts.

And don't miss the BET Awards when it returns next year!

  • The origin behind her nickname Bayou Barbie

    The nickname “Bayou Barbie” emerged after the star athlete transferred to LSU, referencing the school's location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her on-court appearance, complete with eyelash extensions and long pink nails, also contributed to the moniker initially coined by a Tigers fan. Now a WNBA’s Chicago Sky team member, the 7th overall draft pick is looking for a new moniker. 

  • She’s not afraid to take risks

    Reese played for only two seasons at Maryland before joining the Tigers. Her transfer marked a turning point in her career. Since the switch, she has elevated her game to new heights, becoming a central figure in her team’s success. Her performance at LSU has been spectacular, making her a standout nominee for the award.

  • She’s booked and busy

    During her off-season, the star has been busy giving interviews in both the sports and business industries. She has also been featured in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition and Forbes Magazine.

  • She keeps a bag

    During her college career, Angel Reese was one of the highest-earning female athletes in the NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) realm, sealing deals worth $1.7 million. Among her partnerships were Reebok, PlayStation, and Mercedes-Benz.

  • Her on-court performance is inspiring

    From her agility, scoring ability, and defensive prowess, Reese has rightfully earned a spot among the top players in collegiate basketball and, someday, the WNBA. Her "Sportswoman of the Year" nomination reflects her sports dominance and excellence.

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