A recent Instagram post by Paige Spiranac was accompanied by body shaming comments.
This week, a 29-year-old social media influencer and former professional golfer shared on her Instagram Stories that she received negative comments about her body on one of her golf swing videos. The athlete wrote on the since-expired post, “Honestly, the number of men calling me ‘fat’ is ridiculous. In the last few days, I have had to delete so many comments, something I almost never do.”
Even though she knows her body is a part of her “brand,” she confessed that it’s difficult to maintain her ideal weight always and that she has to diet hard in order to maintain a slim body.
As she continued, “It doesn’t come naturally to me. When people point out my insecurities, it can be very demoralizing.”
Additionally, she encouraged her audience to share their own body insecurities, and specifically called on men to do so.
“I know my audience is dominated by men, so I wanted to open up the floor for your experiences with body insecurity,” she wrote. The fact that men are also body shamed should be discussed more. We all feel pressure to look a certain way.”
In addition to defending herself against body shamers, Spiranac has spoken out against people who have criticized her for posting too revealing photos of herself.
She made headlines in March 2021 when she posed online in a green jacket without a shirt underneath. Rather than appeasing the haters, she sold merchandise to capitalize on their criticism.
In an Instagram post at the time, she said, “I made some towels with these images and other prints inspired by The Masters. You can purchase them or use them to dry the tears of the haters.”