Paige Spiranac, the gorgeous 24-year-old blonde professional golfer, has been announced as the first athlete who will appear in Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Swimsuit Edition magazine. Spiranac will be appearing in the legendary magazine for the first time.
Spiranac announced her inclusion in the magazine on Instagram:
“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,” Spiranac wrote on Instagram
In 2017, the LPGA introduced a stricter dress code for its female players, disallowing tour pros from wear shirts with plunging necklines, leggings, or short skirts. Spiranac, who is known for her looks and outfits, became one of the fiercest critics of the new dress code.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Spiranac said that she’s hoping to use this platform and role as an influencer to bring awareness to the problem of cyberbullying. Furthermore, Paige works with Cybersmile, a nonprofit devoted to ending cyberbullying.
“It’s time we start supporting the victims instead of telling them to delete social media or ignore the hate. It’s time we made a difference, so I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my time to helping others.”
And though Paige doesn’t look like the stereotypical bullying victim — she has been called the “hottest golfer on the planet” — it wasn’t always this way. As a youngster, Paige had a condition that caused her hair to fall out and was teased for looking like a boy.
“I had a lot of health issues growing up,” Paige recalls. “On top of the hair condition, I had asthma and bad social anxiety. I was one weird little kid. So I know how it feels to be an outsider, how it feels to be bullied, to have no friends, to be that person no one wanted around.”
Well, whatever Paige’s reason is for agreeing to appear in Sports Illustrated, we definitely approve.