Golf social media darling Paige Spiranac has responded to the 'stripper' and 'porn' outfits claims made by the sports’ traditionalists.
The Instagram sensation has spoken out on her attitude towards being “sexy” despite a hostile response from those in a traditionally conservative sport.
The American is very popular on special networks, boasting over three million followers on Instagram, even more than the legendary Tiger woods.
The former golfer posts racy pictures on the course and in costume to celebrate certain holidays, and has been criticised as a result.
But during an appearance on the Stripe Show Podcast this week, Spiranac said is unfazed by the negative comments.
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"As you can see, I don't mind being sexy. I love my body, and it's just a part of who I am," she said.
"I think a lot of people were upset by that, especially in golf, because it is so conservative.
And if you don't even wear a collar, people are like: 'She's a stripper! She's doing porn!'
"And I'm like: 'I'm wearing a f***ing turtleneck. What are you talking about?"
She has developed a thick skin to those who oppose her saucy pictures and outfits from a young age.
"Even in junior golf, I was always getting in trouble on the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association tour) because my skirts were too short", she added.
"It wasn't something that I was like 'I want to make money and this is how I'm going to do it. I'm going to over-sexualize myself.’
"I have just always kind of dressed more on the provocative side.
"It's just, again, kind of like, part of who I am and I'm very comfortable with that," she stressed."
She played college golf at both the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, winning All-Mountain West Conference honours during the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, and leading the Aztecs to their first Mountain West Conference Championship in 2015.
Spiranac first played professionally in December 2015, joined the developmental Cactus Tour in May 2016, earning her first and only win in June when she defeated an amateur golfer at Scottsdale's Orange Tree Country Club.
In August, the American failed in her attempt to qualify for a card to play on the professional LPGA circuit, and she retired from professional golf in December 2016.
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