Paige Spiranac is one of the biggest social media personalities in sports and she’s well-versed when it comes to dealing with online trolls.
The golf star is a renowned influencer and boasts more Instagram followers than Tiger Woods but she has been subject to criticism for “sexualising women’s golf.”
Despite receiving some negative comments, Spiranac has sought to use her platform for good –– helping to promote an anti-bullying campaign and stressing the need for women to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Spiranac’s perfect response to internet trolls
As mentioned, Spiranac is regularly targeted by trolls online and the influencer posted a hilarious response to those who have sent horrible comments her way.
“Word of advice to the men out there. If you’re going to write a mean, nasty comment about me at least delete your DM asking me out first. You’re giving me mixed messages lol,” she said.
The social media star chose not to name and shame the trolls in question but that doesn’t mean she is afraid to call out people publically.
Indeed, Spiranac recently slammed conservative author Nick Adams after he criticised female golfers for their “slow play” on courses.
In response, Spiranac wrote: “Nick is the type of golfer who tees off from the tips but can’t hit is more than 220 [yards]. He’ll wait for par fives in two when he’s 310 [yards] out. [He’ll] say “hit it sally” when someone in [the] group leaves a putt short. And [he] thinks he has a shot with the cart girl.”
How did Spiranac become an influencer?
Spiranac was born in Colorado and played Division I college golf at the University of Arizona and San Diego State University.
In 2015, she helped the San Diego State Aztecs win their first Mountain West Conference Championship.
The following year, Spiranac competed in her first LPGA Qualifying Tournament but did not earn a card to play on the professional circuit.
After that, Spiranac turned her attention to journalism and initially started writing a monthly column in Golf Magazine.
Soon, she started building a social following and has not looked back since.
Spiranac inspiring other influencers
Spiranac’s success has inspired other social media stars, including Rachel Stuhlmann –– tennis’ ‘number one’ influencer.
Stuhlmann has stressed that she hopes to achieve the same level of success as Spiranac, stating: “Paige does her thing with golf and she’s a great person to seek inspiration from, but there’s nothing like it in tennis.”
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