Former Australian football coach and transgender woman, Danielle “Dani” Laidley, created a stir as she was listed among Maxim Australia’s ‘Hot 100’ women for 2023. While receiving praise for her coaching career, social media commentators vehemently criticized the magazine for including Laidley, sparking a debate on the definition of ‘hot’ and ‘woman.’

Notably, Laidley’s inclusion in the list was marked by controversy due to her criminal history, including drug-related charges in 2020. The list’s top position was secured by the renowned actress Margot Robbie, acclaimed for her portrayal in “Barbie” and her remarkable success in Hollywood.

However, critics of Maxim’s decision expressed their dismay, asserting the publication’s declining standards and alleged ‘wokeness.’ Despite the backlash, Maxim Australia’s Editor-in-Chief, Santi Pintado, defended the list as a celebration of exceptional Australian women.

Who is Danielle Dani Laidley?

Danielle “Dani” Laidley, formerly known as Dean James Laidley, gained prominence in the Australian rules football scene through her notable contributions as a player and coach. Born on March 27, 1967, Laidley grew up in Balga, Western Australia, marking the beginnings of her journey in the sport.

Initially making her mark with the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League, she subsequently joined the West Coast Eagles’ inaugural VFL squad in 1987, leaving an indelible mark on the field. Following her successful playing career, Laidley transitioned to coaching, notably leading North Melbourne from 2003 to 2009.