Paige Spiranac reveals her ‘huge’ career change after being named Maxim’s sexiest woman in the world | The Sun
LIFE has changed in a matter of weeks for Paige Spiranac.
The former golf pro, 29, was named as Maxim's winner of the Sexiest Woman Alive award for 2022 in June.
Spiranac has now opened up on how the gong has propelled her from niche golf influencer to fully-blown mainstream star.
Paige regularly hosts Q&A sessions with her 3.4m Instagram followers.
And after what has been a whirlwind couple of months, the Colorado-native revealed how her life has changed.
She revealed: "I’ve been pretty lucky with my career that it’s been a pretty steady incline, despite everyone thinking that I was never going to be successful.
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"But this year has been a huge change for me, and I think it’s because I’ve had this mainstream attention with Maxim, outside of just sports and golf, so it’s been incredible."
Paige hit the red carpet in Miami for Maxim's Top 100 party, stunning her fans with a racy outfit.
However she's also detailed the downsides of fame, revealing how her increased online notoriety has resulted in copycat accounts ripping off her image.
And that has led to some even conning members of the public, with one man accusing Paige of stealing $10,000 from him.
She said on her podcast Playing-A-Round: "[A man] comes up and asks me for a picture, it’s fine at first.
"And then he goes into how I scammed him out of $10,000 and he started threatening me.
"It was a really really scary situation.
"As it turns out, this man was scammed by a fake profile that someone created and it had a fake number, he was unhinged."
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Paige is an Instagram superstar and earns more per posts than Tiger Woods and Rory McIroy.
She revealed in June how stunned she was to have been named by Maxim in their annual awards.
Paige wrote on her Insta: "I am so honored by being named the sexiest woman alive by @maximmag this year!
"When I got the I kept asking them, ‘are you sure?’ because I was truly in disbelief."
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But Spiranac is hopeful that her new career path will take her on to bigger and better things, with a return to pro golf unlikely.
She told Maxim: "If you told me, senior year of college, that my life would take this path, I would have laughed in your face.
“I never expected any of this to happen, but I’m so grateful that it did.
"I’m really able to love who I am and what I’m doing through content creation and being an influencer.
"So, I’m happy with how everything turned out.
"I wish I played golf at a higher level and accomplished more, but I wouldn’t trade this for the world."
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