Liukin And Sharapova Hot Fashion Week Buddies

Fresh off her star-making turn in the Beijing Olympics, 18-year-old Nastia Liukin is celebrating like a champion — by hanging out with hot women and making a guest appearance on a CW show. Liukin was spotted attending a runway show at New York’s Bryant Park with injured tennis star Maria Sharapova, and the two were reportedly getting along quite well.

Nastia Liukin and Maria Sharapova

Liukin looked right at home in the high-fashion world with a dress that matched her gold medals (more photos after the jump).

As always, AM NEW YORK (via NEWSDAY) has the scoop:

Liukin was front row today at Peter Som and sat beside fellow sports babe Maria Sharapova.

The two mugged for the paparazzi before the show, chatting until the lights went down, and then Nastia watched the models strut by — giving most an up-and-down and keeping a placid smile on her face … a far more sedate reaction than that of actress Elizabeth Banks, who sat on the gymnast’s other side visibly oohing and ahhing.

Speaking of Banks, she and Liukin were conveniently pictured together as well:

Nastia Liukin and Elizabeth Banks

While Shawn Johnson presumably toils away in an Iowa high school, Liukin will continue her “Gossip Girl”-esque lifestyle by appearing on, yup, “Gossip Girl”. Your turn, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD:

The 18-year-old, who won the gold in the women’s individual all around competition, will appear in an upcoming episode of the hit CW show “Gossip Girl,” Access Hollywood has confirmed.

“She will make an appearance on the show,” Nastia’s agent, Evan Morgenstein, told Access.

It seems Liukin has had an eye on fashion for a while, and perhaps on a post-gymnastics career in modeling, as is evident in this pre-Olympics photoshoot. But I’m not going to post any of those photos.

Oh, alright, just one:

Nastia Liukin modeling photo