US women’s golfer Paige Spiranac breaks down over being bullied during Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot
Golfer Paige Spiranac has broken down in tears about being bullied during an emotional shoot for the latest swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated.
The 24-year-old has received her fair share of criticism since joining the LPGA tour in 2014, with accusations it’s her look rather than her talent which has given her a profile.
“This shoot felt like it was for me, it was meant to be,” Spiranac said.
“It was right time, right place, right moment in my life with everything that I’ve gone through.
Paige Spiranac said she was happy to embrace her ‘sexy side’ during a swimsuit shoot with Sports Illustrated.
“I finally took back what is mine. I took back my body, I took my sexuality and it was like, ‘You guys want to see sexy? I’m going to show you sexy and I’m going to do it my way’.”
Spiranac has 1.2 million followers on Instagram who she regularly treats to trick shots, but that same level of skill has not transferred to the golf course.
Wide World of Sports reported recently that the fallout began when she failed to make the cut at the Dubai Ladies European Tour events in 2015 and 2016.
She has labelled a gimmick or a celebrity because of the clothes she wears, while top women’s golfer Laura Davis said it was pointless if she was on the tour for any other reason other than the sport.
Paige Spiranac has been labelled a celebrity or gimmick on the LPGA Tour.
Spiranac clearly became more emotional towards the end of a promotional video to accompany her Sports Illustrated shoot when talking about the criticisms aimed at her.
“All of these things that people call me every single day, to final embrace this sexy side and be confident and love who I am, and love the skin I’m in, it was a really powerful moment and I’m so thankful,” she said.
“I’m almost at the point where if you like it, great. If you don’t like it then that’s your issue but you’re never going to take away the fact that I’m a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.”