“I don’t want people to think my life is perfect, because it’s not,” says Paige Hathaway, a 30-year-old fitness model with more than 4 million Instagram followers and a seven-figure annual salary.
On Instagram, the jet-setting fit-fluencer’s chic lob, pouty lips, contoured cheeks, and defined abs make it easy for fans to overlook Paige’s rocky start: After a tumultuous childhood, during which she shuffled between her maternal grandmother’s Minnesota trailer home, her paternal grandmother’s Oklahoma home, and foster care, Paige moved out at age 16 before hustling her way into the fitness modeling industry in her mid-twenties. She says it’s been years since she’s spoken to her parents, who divorced when she was young. And although Paige wants to start a family of her own, she’s found it difficult to find a partner who doesn’t use her for personal gain.
As the new spokesperson for F45, an Australian fitness studio gym expanding across the U.S., Paige hopes to expand her reach globally and reposition her brand so she is more relatable to women with interests beyond bodybuilding. Here, Paige explains why her highly filtered Los Angeles life isn’t as flawless as her feeds may suggest.