Paige Hathaway is a booming fitness icon who grew up in a small town in Minnesota but didn't start her journey into exercising until she was in her 20's. She's since been named the FLEX August 2013 Bikini Model Search Winner. She currently has over 1 million followers on social media.
Paige Hathaway got into fitness, she said, "because I needed a change and a new focus/direction. I was approached by a local well-known trainer in Oklahoma City, OK and began to train for my first bikini show. I became addicted to how you could workout and improve you body, mind and lifestyle." She added, "I desired to be a strong, fit woman. Although I had grown up playing soccer and being active I had never made my health or fitness a priority."
As for how fitness has changed her life, Paige Hathaway said, "I think that being healthy is sexy. I think that once you're healthy and you're happy, it gives you more confidence. I used to not be confident—I used to put on a dress and not feel like I filled it out. But I love how weight training has just changed my body."
In her own words as to her past, she said, "For those of you who don't know me or my story that I've shared before - allow me to tell you a little more about myself. I am 27 years old. I am a Leo. I am from the Midwest but currently reside in California. Growing up, I was back & forth between family & foster care. I lived in a single wide trailer (which I was embarrassed about my whole life) as a child - I dealt with an alcoholic parent, abuse, neglect and betrayal. I've experienced and seen a lot at a very young age which ultimately forced me to grow up extremely fast. I moved out when I was 16 years old. Worked 3 jobs & went to school. Shortly after, like most troubled childhood teens, I got mixed up with the wrong crowd. Direction was a dead end. If you look into my eyes you can tell I've been through a lot. I used to be so ashamed of where I came from and I honestly for a long time I felt hopeless...I chose to not let it ruin me but to flip it and use it to make me strong. Use it to shape my future. I used it to empower my mind to better myself. I can look at who I am today and be proud of the woman I have become."
She stays motivated because "Progress from setting small goals for myself is one thing that keeps me motivated...also because [I'm] addicted to helping people. There’s something about helping people that makes my clock tick."
As for the people who comment negatively about her, Paige Hathaway said, "Everyone has different tastes of how someone should look. From time to time I get comments of, 'Oh, girls shouldn't have muscle,' or something like that. But I just shake it off. I know that you can't please everyone. You just can't let negativity, or what somebody says, or their perception of how the female body should look affect you, because if you did that then you probably wouldn't get anywhere with your goal."
Paige Hathaway is currently not married and though she recently lived in Oklahoma, per her Instagram, she now lives in California.