MANPEDIA CENTREFOLD: PAIGE HATHAWAY

Paige Hathaway is an American fitness cover model, entrepreneur, and social media star famous for her impressive Instagram following. Right at the start of her career, she ranked second at the 2012 Ronnie Coleman Classic, the biggest NPC statewide competition in the United States. The next year, she was named the FLEX August 2013 Bikini Model Search Winner. Since then, she has graced the covers of many prestigious magazines, such as Fitness Gurls, Women’s Health and Fitness, Oxygen, Inside Fitness, MOST, Livid Magazine, Muscular Development, Dakini Magazine, and many more. She has endorsed the brand Shredz for three years. She participated in the BodyPower UK Expo 2013 as part of the Gymshark team. She has her own membership program available on her website and also provides separate personalized diet and workout regimes for interested people. Through her website, she offers the “Fit in 5” challenge which claims to make the participants fit in 5 weeks. She has also released her own calendar in 2017.

Paige Hathaway was physically active as a child, and was passionate about soccer during her high school years. However, she never even thought of pursuing a career in athletics or fitness modeling. Her life took a steep turn after a local trainer at the gym requested her to compete in a fitness show when she was in college. At that time, Hathaway, who had gone through a rough childhood, was enjoying her free life at college fully, partying with her sorority, and rejected the offer a number of times initially. She eventually came out of her “sorority phase” and accepted the offer to participate in the contest. The next four months were tough for her, as she started dieting and trained exhaustively following a strict schedule. It all paid off when she ranked 2nd in her division of the 2012 Ronnie Coleman Classic. A few months later, her social media fame exploded as she started to show off her well-built body on Instagram. She now has huge following on Instagram.

Winning her first fitness show gave her life a direction, but Paige Hathaway had to work hard to become the role model she is today. In fact, she lost two competitions very badly just after her first win. However, instead of being disheartened, she continued her fitness journey. Encouraged by the change weight training brought to her body and lifestyle, she decided to help others by raising awareness about health and fitness. Unfortunately, she had no contacts, and was going through financial woes, juggling two jobs only to pay rent. Eager to work as a fitness model, she mailed her portfolio to almost every publication. It took her some time to hear back from one publication, Women’s Health magazine, but they could not sign her as she was not represented by an agency. After a visit to 2012 Olympia Expo, she was eventually signed by Shredz, a company providing nutritional supplement and fitness information. As soon as she got a foothold in the industry, she started to engage more people through her social media accounts. She also launched her own website to offer interested fans personalized training. She inspires her followers acting as an example that “strong is beautiful”.

While her ambition and hard work helped Paige Hathaway achieve success, success also brought criticism and negativity. It is easy to see from the comments on her social media profiles how many people’s lives she has affected positively; but it is also impossible to ignore comments like “women should not have muscles”. However, she knows better, and as such, she has learnt to ignore hateful comments. In March 2017, former ‘Bachelorette’ star, Chase McNary, revealed that he is currently seeing Paige Hathaway. While he didn’t mention her name at first, as it was only a budding relationship, his fans were quick to piece together evidence found on his social media accounts to deduce it was Paige, which he confirmed eventually.

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