Former UConn women's basketball star Katie Lou Samuelson walks runway at New York Fashion Week

Photo of Christine Butterfield

From the court to the catwalk, there’s apparently not much Katie Lou Samuelson can’t do.

Samuelson, who played for UConn from 2015 to 2019, is a four-year WNBA veteran who just completed her first season her hometown Los Angeles Sparks. But this week she did something new when she made her debut walking the runway at New York Fashion Week.

Modeling for Puma, her picture was featured on Vogue's website under the headline: "The Vogue Editors’ Standout NYFW SS23 Shows"

Her sister Karlie, who played three games with Katie Lou for Seattle in 2021, took to twitter on Wednesday to share the picture from Vogue’s post from the fashion show with the caption: "Uhmmm MY SISTER IS IN VOGUE"

Her tweet was retweeted by Katie Lou and quote tweeted by older sister Bonnie (who wrote, "I always knew she was a model"). The UConn women's basketball program also tweeted the Vogue photo on Thursday.

Samuelson, who signed with Puma in 2019, wore a wool hat with a two-tone brown outfit and white Puma sneakers.

Samuelson was a favorite in her time at UConn. She arrived from Southern California as the No. 1 recruit in the country in 2015.

As a freshman, she played in 37 of 38 games with 22 starts. The only one she missed was the national title game due to an injury, a game UConn won for its fourth consecutive NCAA title.

Samuelson led the team with 78 3-pointers that season, the second-most ever by a UConn freshman. In 2016, ESPNW named her national freshman of the year.

But that was just the beginning.

She started all 37 games as a sophomore in 2016-17 season, averaging 20.2 points while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range,Samuelson hit 119 3's that season, which was the second-highest in UConn history, and was among best players in the American Athletic Conference as she led UConn to the Final Four.

Scoring a career-high 40 points against USF on March 6, 2017, Samuelson set the NCAA single-game record for most 3-pointers made without single miss, finishing with 10.

On Jan. 13, 2019, Samuelson passed a huge milestone by accumulating over 2,000 career points. She became the 10th UConn player to achieve the milestone.

Samuelson was drafted to the Chicago Sky with the 4th overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft. She would played for the Dallas Wings, Seattle Storm, and most recently the Sparks. Last season, she averaged 9.7 points as she worked her way into the Los Angeles starting lineup.

Now, Samuelson can add professional model to her impressive list of accolades.