LIFE has changed for Paige Spiranac in just a few weeks.
The former golf pro, 29, was named Maxim’s Sexiest Woman Alive award winner for 2022 in June.
Spiranac has now revealed how the gong transformed her from a niche golf influencer into a fully blown mainstream star.
Paige regularly hosts Q&A sessions with her 3.4 million Instagram followers.
And after a whirlwind few months, the Colorado native revealed how her life has changed.
She revealed: “I’ve been pretty lucky with my career in that it’s been a pretty steady climb despite everyone thinking I’d never be successful.
“But this year has been a big shift for me, and I think that’s because with Maxim I’ve gotten this mainstream attention, outside of sports and golf, so it’s been incredible.”
Paige walked the red carpet in Miami for Maxim’s Top 100 party and stunned her fans with a racy outfit.
However, she has also detailed the downside of fame, revealing how her rising online fame has led to copycat accounts ripping off her image.
And that has led to some members of the public even being duped, with one man accusing Paige of stealing $10,000 from him.
She said on her podcast Playing-A-Round: “[A man] comes and asks me for a picture, at first everything is fine.
“And then he goes into how I cheated him out of $10,000 and he started threatening me.
“It was a really, really scary situation.
“As it turns out, this man was scammed by a fake profile that someone had created and it had a fake number, he was out of control.”
Paige is an Instagram superstar, earning more per post than Tiger Woods and Rory McIroy.
She revealed in June how stunned she was to have been named by Maxim at her annual awards.
Paige wrote on her Insta: “So honored to be named the Sexiest Woman Alive by @maximmag this year!
“When I got these, I kept asking her, ‘Are you sure?’ because I was really incredulous.”
However, Spiranac is hoping her new career path will take her to bigger and better things, with a return to professional golf unlikely.
She told Maxim, “If you had told me senior year of college that my life was going to take this path, I would have laughed in your face.
“I never expected something like this to happen, but I’m so grateful it happened.
“I can truly love who I am and what I do by creating content and being an influencer.
“That’s why I’m satisfied with how everything turned out.
“I wish I could play golf at a higher level and achieve more, but I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”
Paige Spiranac reveals ‘major’ career change after being named World’s Sexiest Woman by Maxim