Paige Spiranac is laughing off fat-shaming comments on Instagram made by her male followers.
On Wednesday, the golf influencer took to her Instagram story to share that many of her male followers called her “fat” in the comments of her latest post, which showed the 2022 Maxim Hot 100 cover star on a fairway while dressed in a pink short onesie, The New York Post reported.
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In June, Spiranac was named the “sexiest woman alive” for the Maxim issue an honours she said she was “truly in disbelief about”.
But it’s also made her a lightning rod for criticism from keyboard warriors.
“Honestly, the amount of men calling me ‘fat’ on this post is next level lol,” Spiranac wrote on her Instagram story, including the post in her message. “I’ve had to delete so many comments which I almost never do.
“I know my body is a big part of my brand and that comes with a territory, but it’s hard to maintain my ideal weight all the time for year after year. I have to work very hard in the gym and with diet. It doesn’t come naturally to me. It can be defeating when people call out my body insecurities.
“Would love to start sharing more of my fitness plan and what I eat with you all because I’m sure a lot of you feel a similar body pressure. I used to work out to look good, but now I’m trying to work out to feel food,” Spiranac continued. “Changing my mentality around working out to make it a more positive experience.”
Spiranac, who boasts 3.6 million Instagram followers, went on to ask her audience in a question box if they “struggle with body image.”
“I know I have a male dominated audience and wanted to open up the floor to hear about your experiences with body insecurities,” Spiranac wrote. “I don’t think it’s talked about enough how men are also body shamed. We all feel the pressure to look a certain way.”
Spiranac posed for the cover of Maxim’s Hot 100 issue, which featured the “Playing a Round” podcast host in bed, braless under an open white button-up shirt.
This story first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.