Golfing sensation Paige Spiranac is one of the newest and most popular additions to the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The golfer, who has more than 1.3M Instagram followers, said she didn't think twice about appearing in the magazine.
Paige is hoping to use the platform to increase awareness in her work in anti-bullying. Having risen to stardom rather quickly and having done so in large part to her looks, being an Internet icon came with it's downfalls. She tells Esquire, "I'm harassed, sent death threats, my privacy has been invaded–pretty much anything you can think of has happened to me... I want to be less of a role model and more of a mentor. I don't ever want kids to put me on a pedestal and feel like they can't talk or reach out to me. I want to be there for them. My goal is to make golf more friendly and inviting, and I will continue to [pursue] my anti-bullying work."
This was such a hard secret to keep! But I’m so honored and humbled to be included in #SISwim 2018! This issue is about self-love, empowering women, body positivity, and encouraging everyone to be kind. Women face so much pressure every. single. day. to look, act, and talk a certain way, and it is so difficult trying to figure out what you “can” and “should” be. It’s taken a long time, but I’m proud of my body! I’m proud of who I am! I’m proud that I can be strong, smart, AND sexy! SI Swim embraces ALL women, no matter what, and just wants them to feel loved. You should feel loved and powerful and unapologetically YOU! And don’t let ANYONE tell you that you’re not perfect just the way you are. Thank you to @mj_day and the whole team for believing in me and letting me share my story. You’ve changed my outlook on life and let me know it’s okay to love my body❤️ #siswim